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The idea of a Martian colony may seem phantasmagorical, yet its mixed-use building typology references vertical villas throughout the millennia, starting with Trajan’s Market in ancient Rome. The trio embraced this hybrid model, where astronauts and civilians will live and work in harmony. “We believe in the importance of community life,” Celik says, “even for extraterrestrial projects.”
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