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At first, the concept seems counterintuitive: If we're going to colonize Mars, which has no known life or settlements, why not do it on a grand enough scale to justify the enormous effort to get there?

On the other hand, though, living in a foreign and demanding environment will likely require every ounce of energy and resources available, so why not be efficient about the process? Besides, who wants to colonize Mars only to wind up living in the equivalent of a stadium-sized commune?

After all, as an article from Open Architecture argues, the concept of simple living is as old as Thoreau. The article goes on to ask, "Today, as we live and get lost in a world of consumption and environmental crises, what are our essential needs?"

In that spirit, the writers suggest, why not consider housing as being something more along the lines of a transferable and portable industrial product instead of, well, architecture? This might result in the quality of living spaces receiving more than skin-deep modifications and improvements -- which could bring about a rediscovery of the essential needs of humans and of simple living itself.

But if that kind of approach to living is to be successful on Mars, then natural resources can't be expected to be used as they are on Earth. This means that those who colonize will need to learn to cut down on conspicuous consumption and rely only on what's absolutely needed.

And recycle.

The MARS Case house seeks to provide self-circulating energy and zero waste, with a bubble space that can be inflated and deflated as needed -- "[a]n ideal house to explore the boundless possibilities of the future".

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

Website: www.jimlillie.com
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