Mars. The conquest of a Dream – Ravensbourne’s research in Spain
Lecturer in MA Environment Design, Alberto Villanueva, is exhibiting in Telefónica Foundation Space his research to terraform the planet Mars using architecture and 3D printing as environmental tools. Research started in 2015 at Ravensbourne and which has included collaborations with different international companies and institutions. An exhibition where were selected the research projects of NASA and Sir Norman Foster. Co-produced by the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia Government, with collaboration from ESA, INTA, INAF and LG, the ‘Mars. The Conquest of a Dream’ exhibition can be visited from 8 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.
“Throughout time and in many cultures, Mars has generated more curiosity and veneration than any other planet. A source of fear and fable at the same time, a territory of “the others” and a destination yearned for by the man of the future, Mars represents, in the words of Carl Sagan, “a kind of mythic arena onto which we’ve projected our earthly hopes and fears”.
Walking on Mars is, without a doubt, the greatest challenge that mankind has proposed to bequeath future generations. A pipe dream for some, an urgent goal for others, the fact is that our arrival on Mars was strong fuel for the powerful driving force of human curiosity which often builds the future.
Visible like few other spots in the starry night due to its brightness and orange tint, since Antiquity Mars has inspired the curiosity of wise men and ordinary people. According to some historians, humankind has known about the red planet since 4500 years ago, when the Assyrians tried to register its strange trajectory.
This exhibition addresses the roots of this fascination, and its impact on culture and science, and explores some of the hypotheses for us to become the first interplanetary species.