alberto villanueva proposes utopia strategy to build life on mars alberto villanueva proposes utopia strategy to build life on mars
jan 04, 2016

alberto villanueva proposes utopia strategy to build life on mars

alberto villanueva proposes utopia strategy to build life on mars
all images © alberto villanueva galindo




spanish architect alberto villanueva galindo of idea architecture office has developed a strategy to tackle overpopulation by targeting one of the most extreme and as of recently attainable lands, mars. the project, titled ‘mars utopia,’ combines the realms of biomimicry, urban design, terraforming, and 3D printing to take advantage of the recently discovered existence of water on mars to develope a new generation of building materials and possibilities for colonization that don’t rely on artificially stabilized environments- a project that has peaked the interests of NASA and ESA (european space agency) as well as norman foster who has developed a similar project on the moon. 

mars utopia video by alberto villanueva galindo



 unlike other projects which attempt to create ‘alien’ structures designed to withstand inhospitable conditions and house human life, mars utopia first uses a living architecture to symbiotically work with the existing environment and naturally make it habitable, then allowing human life to be introduced. 3D printers would be sent to mars to print large metallic towers using local materials: basalt, regolith, and other various ferrous materials found on the surface. these towers located in currently empty craters feed off the electromagnetic energy of the planet and melt the subterranean ice and phylosililicates.  after a period of 4-6 months the towers disintegrate leaving behind a creater full of water and a ground composed of fertile soil and clay.

view inside the bacterial/fungal tower, illuminated green by the bioluminescent bacteria



once this has been accomplished, the second phase consists of re-using the 3D printers to build new towers with a mixture of epoxy resin, fungi, and bacteria- specifically the fungus mycelium which is capable of resisting extreme atmospheric and weather conditions. the fungus feeds off of the newly created lake water, as it consumes the CO2 rich atmosphere and releases O2 in its place. bio-luminescent bacteria serves to illuminate the structures. as they are living organisms, the towers will naturally grow on their own given the abundance of nutrients, and after a projected period of two years the culminated efforts of the various towers and lakes will have made the atmosphere hospitable for human life, paving the way for colonization.

buenos dias canarias interviews architect alberto villanueva galindo (spanish audio)


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  • This whole ‘Mars’ thing is pure idiocy. Simply another distant fantasy projected for entrenched interests like NASA and their contractors to launch 30 year careers with high salaries, plenty of free time, paid travel and Gvmt. paid retirement ..with ZERO responsibility to provide any serious results.

    Just look ..the Space Shuttle, it went round-and-round ..and round-and-round ..doing little or nothing for 30 years. (don’t forget the boondoggle, “Space Station”..) Then internet guys (private money) come along and make a re-useable first stage rockets in a couple of years?!


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