001.introduction

0. introduction

Mankind has always been fascinated with the dream of spaceflight. Exploration can be seen as a human need for the quest of its own origins and destiny. Mars is one of the very few places in our Solar System where life could exist or have existed. Therefore studying Mars means understanding what are the past and maybe the future for our own planet. And going there is both a further step in human inherent exploration will and a necessity to give mankind a chance of surviving beyond our planet.  Planning a human settlement in Mars is a task that has to be foreseen today to be a reality tomorrow.

Thinking about a settlement in Mars is an amazing task for several reasons. When arriving there humans will start from scratch, exactly the same way when the Roman armies did when tracing the cardus and decumanus in their camps that afterwards would become streets of our cities. Furthermore, after some years, the settlement will increase its population and size and like a living organism will grow following patterns that might be thought in advance. Finally, Mars is the planet in the Solar System that has more similarities to the Earth but this doesn’t mean that it is easy to arrive there and settle: temperature is much lower than the Earth’s and its lack of magnetic field leaves the thin atmosphere completely unprotected to the solar wind and Mars is still losing it daily.

4Frontiers Corp. is carrying out an amazing task both on educating the society about such an incredible task that we face in our times and trying to get closer to make it real. Therefore, it’s been a pleasure for the people from Galactic Suite involved in the project and we expect that this is just a beginning of a long term project that finally we all expect to see, one day.

The Gen 1.5 and Gen II architectural study aims at establishing the basis for a urban planning for the growing of a Mars human community, select the building technologies candidate to be used, develop a set of archetypical objects according to those technologies and the functions foreseen by 4Frontiers Corp and develop a design for the settlement both of Gen 1.5 and Gen II.

The work was established on a base of regular document deliverables and teleconferences to discuss the materials submitted. This approach has demonstrated sometimes difficult due to other tasks that inevitably aroused but we are confident about the main lines of the work established during these months.

Barcelona, July 2008