Mars Society is pleased to announce the holding of an international contest for
the best design plan of a Mars city state of 1,000,000 people. There will be a
prize of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,500 for third, $1,000
for fourth and $500 for fifth. In addition, the top 20 papers will be published
in a new book “Mars City States: New Societies for a New World.”
The city state should be self-supporting to the maximum extent
possible – i.e. relying on a minimum mass of imports from Earth. To make all the
things that people require on Earth takes a lot more than 1,000,000 people, therefore
participating teams will need to augment both the amount and diversity of
available labor power through the use of robots and artificial intelligence.
Teams will need to be able to both produce essential bulk
materials like food, fabrics, steel, glass and plastics on Mars, and fabricate
them into useful structures, so 3-D printing and other advanced fabrication
technologies will be essential. The goal is to have the city state be able to
produce all the food, clothing, shelter, power, common consumer products, vehicles
and machines for a ...