To boldly build where no-one has built before, to misuse a well-known sci-fi phrase! As we advance in technology and start exploring further afield than our green and blue planet, one of the significant questions arises as to whether we will ever need architects on Mars! It is a straightforward question, but the answer is a little more complex than that, and in this article we take a look at this in a little more depth and detail.
The Role of An Architect.
The first understanding is to investigate the role of an architect and why they would be essential for buildings and structures on Mars, and the best way to do this is to take a look at what they do now on our own planet, Earth. Architects have key roles in not just buildings but also the infrastructure of urban and non-urban environments, buildings that meet modern day demands such as sustainability, environmentally friendly as well as aesthetics and of course, durability and sturdiness so that they can stand the test of time. (Or at least have longevity.) An architect will work with a network of people, including planners, builders and those that commission the buildings. Their skills and their ability to work with the team of construction workers is key in the building of any structure, as well as being able to adapt plans if needed.
Applying Principles on Mars.
So, as you can see the role of an architect is an important one, and the same principles as here on Earth will apply on Mars. What also has to be taken into account that any structures built on Mars would have to stand the harsh environment there and be constructed to be airtight, provide adequate insulation as well as stand up to the weather such as dust storms, strong winds and other environmental hazards that apply to Mars. Having an architect on hard throughout the construction to ensure that plans are being implemented properly as well as making any adjustments is key to building on Mars.
Types of Construction on Mars.
One key element would be what to use as building materials, initially the plans when it comes to colonisation is the use of pods and prefabricated structures that are transported from Earth, but to truly expand colonisation, use of local materials will be a key factor in an efficient and ongoing expansion plan. Architects will need to consider the use of materials that can withstand the harsh conditions on Mars. Traditional building materials such as concrete and steel may not be suitable due to their weight and susceptibility to radiation. Alternative materials such as composites, ceramics, and plastics may be better suited for building on Mars., in one study, Nasa pointed out that ice would be an ideal material in construction and there is also no shortage of soil, basalt and the ability to produce concrete using Mars’s natural resources. The architect’s role would be to find the best possible solution, as well as the layout and infrastructure of the colony, as well as ensuring that buildings are suitable not only to live in, but aesthetically pleasing, another key role supporting the reasons of needing an architect on Mars.
In conclusion, we are a long way off needing architects on Mars, but as technology advances and the plans to colonise ‘The Red Planet’ come to fruition it will some day become a reality. And their role will be vital to the sustainability of a healthy and growing colony. But the question we have for you today is, ‘Would you consider an architect role on Mars?’