Urban planning in space: 3 off-world designs for future cities

The future of cities on the Moon, Mars and orbital habitats.

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  • In the 1970s NASA published an extensive book on urban planning in space.
  • Acclaimed architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) designed a conceptual plan for the first permanent settlement for human life on the moon.
  • An MIT team developed a concept for the first sustainable cities on Mars to be built in the next century.
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Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

A mile-high tower would not just be a new structure, but a new technology.

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s.
  • Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.
  • We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century.
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