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ZA Architects’s Plans to Colonize Mars


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ZA Architects is comprised of design duo Dmitriy Zhuykov and Arina Ageeva. Their work has never been short of intriguing, and often merges innovative ideas with elements of design. With changes in the latter catering to the former, never the other way around. Some of the more prolific projects, such as their “Heart of the District” hotel lobby, have helped to garner considerable recognition. They grabbed 1st place in the international Marriott Blank Canvas competition in 2011, and ranked 2nd in 2012’s Degree & Profession – Virtual Expo, which took place in Florence, Italy.

While the pair has covered interactive cloud installations and a self-sustaining restaurant, one of their newest proposals comes as a lofty venture into extraterrestrial exploration. They plan, you see, to colonize Mars by way of robotic-ally constructed settlements, which will allow humans to reside on Mars permanently and to do so independent of Earth’s resources.


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If enacting the concept, “digging robots” would be deployed on Mars, carving out caverns within Martian ground. The surface above the settlement is marked by a design resembling a honeycomb pattern, which is rather appropriate an image for a colony. Further below, underground settlements will have basalt columns, as a result of the drilling performed by the robots, and multiple skylights. These caverns are to be inhabited by human populations in the future.


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Astronauts will arrive once caves are prepared for human expedition, finishing construction on the colony themselves. After all the technical facilities – water, oxygen, basalt processing line, and the like – have been arranged, the robots will spin spatial webs to harbor domestic and technical facilities. As the colony grows, stretching out into multiple neighborhoods, so will begin to format an efficient agricultural system, eventually leading to the colony’s independence.


Image source: zaarchitects.com

The above may sound a bit extensive, but there is merit to the idea. The potential for successful Martian agriculture lies within the high levels of basalt present in Martian surfaces, as also found in Lunar surfaces, in addition to the recent discovery of Mars’s ice and clay deposits, which confirm the existence of water on Mars.


Image source: zaarchitects.com

Technology is not currently advanced enough to meet such an intensive task, however, ZA is optimistic that within the next ten years the project will be able to take flight.

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