Plans Unveiled for First Sustainable City on Mars by 2100

The architecture studio ABIBOO has revealed its plans for Nüwa, the first sustainable city on Mars that can be be populated by up to 250,000 people.

The Planet Mars. Artist NASA.

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The Planet Mars. Artist NASA.

The architecture studio ABIBOO has revealed plans for the creation of the first sustainable city on Mars and they’re hoping to have it completed and ready for residents in 2100 with construction beginning in 2054. Located on Tempe Mensa, the city of Nüwa will feature a population of 250,000 people primarily located inside the rock of a steep cliff, which was specifically chosen because the area offers protection from radiation, but still provides access to indirect sunlight. 

The architecture firm envisions all tasks on the planet will be performed in what they’re calling “macro-buildings” found inside the cliff, which can be accessed from an elevator system. A train and bus system will help people commute from one side to the other. Facilities for such necessities as crops, which are expected to account for 50 percent of the human diet, will be located at highest point of the cliff, known as the Mesa. It was picked for its direct sunlight access. 

ABIBOO believes that after a brief initial period where Earth supplements Nüwa with supplies and capital investment, it wouldn’t take long for the city to become self-sustainable. 

Large pavilions at the bottom of the cliff are meant to encourage interaction among residents. These areas offer views of the rest of the city, as well as the landscape of Mars. A farming region for animals can also be found here since they also require the same atmosphere as humans. 

There will also be a shuttle service for people who need to return to Earth. Launch windows will open every 26 months with a one-way ticket costing $300,000. 

Check out the video below to see the impressive proposed layout for the city of Nüwa.


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