dwg. is delighted to announce that, after a rigorous design competition and selection process, we have been contracted to work closely with the developers at Spacex to create a truly innovative and sustainable master plan for the first colony on Mars. The firm is still several years from any initial site visit of course, but we are hopeful to use data gathered from numerous satellite test missions as well as in-depth scientist interviews which will help guide our design and programming for this extremely unique site.
While several entities throughout the world are currently exploring opportunities to colonize the red planet, we believe that Spacex has made the most promising breakthroughs in the technology of space transportation. It is the only private company to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.
“Obviously the Spacex developers’ main focus right now is on enhancing the transportation technology to get people to Mars,” dwg. President Daniel Woodroffe said. “But the group has the foresight enough to realize that as soon as the technology catches up to the concept, people will be ready to go, and they want a fully developed, production-ready, self-sustaining environment in place to welcome them.”
dwg. is currently working with the scientists at NASA and Spacex on an extremely thorough psychographic analysis to understand the conditions and emotions of the users who will make it to the red planet. What are their needs? What are their desires for this colonization? What will they miss most about earth? We anticipate this information gathering process to continue over the next several months and look forward to our next meeting with our clients in Houston.
“While master planned communities have not typically been part of the dwg. portfolio,” Woodroffe said, “the Spacex project represents a new chapter for innovation, sustainability and design excellence – both for dwg. and the world.”
Stay tuned to our blog to learn about our project timeline and the other space transportation breakthroughs propelling this development.