Lost in Space
Helium sucked from the moon. Minerals dug from asteroids. Mining Mars. Norman Foster has proposed terraforming the red planet with drones and 3-D-printed lunar bases. Bjarke Igles wants a “Mars simulation city” in the deserts of Dubai.
This is not visionary thinking — it is escapism, seductive only to those whose weak imaginations can see no alternative to infinite growth. Mocked as “unrealistic”, even the most wildly ambitious Green New Deal feels increasingly practical set against the snake oil peddled by a new breed of space-colonising fantasist. If Mars is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question.
- Tosin Thompson is a writer and actor. She has written for New Humanist, the Guardian and the New Statesman.
- Rory Hyde is curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A.
- Xavier De Kestelier is Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation at HASSELL. He previously led a number of Foster + Partners projects related to space exploration.
St John's Hoxton
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