Why go as far as Mars, when the moon is right there? Last month Architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released a proposal for a permanent community on the moon.
This proposal takes all aspects into consideration - even taking advantage of all the native resources of the moon.
A proposal made by the architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for a permanent community on the moon consisted of inflatable pods that can be added to the colony as the population grows and expands. One of its main focus is to use the moon’s exciting resources to sustain the life on it. "The Moon Village must be able to sustain human life in an otherwise uninhabitable setting," said Koop. "We have to consider problems that no one would think about on Earth like radiation protection, pressure differentials and how to provide breathable air."