“ an international contest for the best design plan of a Mars city state of 1,000,000 people ”

Off-world settlement - with its contentious and contested use of the world colonisation - as a Utopian model that dreams of a tabula rasa and eschews history and precedent to its detriment. Can a greater understanding and reference to the history of urban design and architecture's attempts at world-building expand the discussion beyond the technology and function alone?

Nexus Aurora: An open source project with large multi-national team - 50+ members, 5Gb of renders and models, 60,000 group messages

coordination of team an impressive feat in itself - decision making and debate as a microcosm of same challenges on Mars, likely influenced proposal in healthy ways - a more open version of the New Spacer era?

Imagines an industrial base providing a foundry for materials to future interplanetary settlers - arguing tourism alone as an economy is unrealistic.

Extreme ISRU… questions about realities of interplanetary expansion? Strip mining as necessary evil? Compare with current debate about planetary protection

Aspires to a communitarian society acknowledging the joint role of indepedent cities and the state, with the recognition that settlers can enjoy rights to welfare through a Martian version of UBI that could include shelter, food and air.

Welcome inclusion of discussion about state and individual - allows more serious examination of economic policy and controls, resilience to oligarchy - critical leverage to create debate about welfare rights - pushes back against the neo-liberal accelerationist positions associated with some figure heads of the field…

Living proposals that 'reject the concept of cities built of tunnels and underground habitation' and hold on to the value of sunlight and walking in community spaces.

Bristol Martian House project:

Taking your environment with you:

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