For my project, I decided to go big! I´ve always been extremely fascinated by outer space, and there happens to be a pretty big problem, just wait to be answered; how can we colonize Mars?
I picked this location for the site of the colony big it sits right on the cuff of the largest mountain in our solar system! Olympus Mons is an enormous inactive volcano, and putting the site right on the edge will allow the astronauts access to both the largest volcano in the solar system and the rest of the planet.
Where To Start?
I started by making a list of buildings and city components that are the most important to the success of a city. This list gives me a pretty good idea of how to start designing the layout of the city.
Then, I paired together buildings that become more efficient when together. This made the process of actually designing the city layout seem much less daunting.
With this list, I began developing a storyline to show the process of when and how each building would be build.
Research is extremely important and should begin as quickly as possible, so the lab will be one of the first buildings to be built. Each lab will have a series of farm spaces extending off of them; with the primary goal for the team is to discover how to grow food on Mars.
I feel like the group of people being sent to Mars will be more like family than neighbors, so food shouldn't look the same as it does on Earth; grocery stores and restaurants. Instead, I feel that a cafeteria styled eating area will be a better fit. The majority of the space will be filled with standard cafeteria tables, so everyone can eat and stay in community. The cafeteria connects directly to the lab for easy access to the produce.