Landing on the moon inspired the dreams of the baby boomer generation. Futuristic design became popular, and kids in droves studied science and engineering like never before. These themes are still a powerful force in the world today. While space tourism and landing on Mars has begun to capture our cultural interests, I can’t think of anything more exotic and fascinating then the idea of another blue-green planet. I think our ability to travel to another world is based on our desire to achieve those dreams. In what way will we approach this new world? What future design trends will be set by a charge into space? How will nations cooperate or compete for this new resource? Will a new planet be viewed as an ‘escape' and effect our long term ecological planning here on Earth? Will sustainable technology be enhanced or undermined? Or is this all just a bunch of bull?
I think us modern day treehuggers might just have a few good ideas. I’d like to know what you think. :: [by T. McGee]