“Inhabiting off-planet space offers the chance to experiment with new social and environmental arrangements that incorporate lessons we’ve learned from mistakes on Earth. “If you want to go to Mars, let’s live, and live happily, and live better than here on Earth,” says Vera Mulyani, an architect and founder of the Mars City Design competition. “Let’s design a better place for humanity.””
The challenges of living on Mars will no doubt rewrite some of the rules of urban design. But by redefining how we interact with nature–and with ourselves–space colonization offers a broader chance to remake urbanism itself, writes the Earth Institute’s Sarah Fecht.