Message - Re: The indications of architecture/MARS

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Posted by  Mat on September 07, 2003 at 20:49:02:

In Reply to:  Re: The indications of architecture/MARS posted by Clayton Spencer Ireland on September 07, 2003 at 20:03:07:

Thank you for further explaining your approach.

I would have problems concluding form your images that these were former structures. I think if you are specifically looking for geometries like this then you are sure to find them.

For example - Richard Meier, when designing the Getty Centre in L.A., studied the site untill he 'discovered' that two ridges running through the site were at 22.5 degrees to one another. 22.5 degrees is half of 45 degrees which is half of 90 which is half of 180 which is half of 360. All of a sudden he had a geometry he could use in his design. Mars is a big place and i am sure that there are many 'geometries' to be found.

The next comment I have is that in your images you often show or suggest symetrical shapes and this is perhaps a sign of 'architecture'. The problem I have is that if the structures were symetrical it is more than likely that the entire structure would be symetrical. Physics and aesthetics tend to suggest this. The outlines you show are nearly symetrical but you dont find many nearly symetrical buildings. They either are (for the reasons I have pointed out) or they are not (to be different or because they have developed and been added to over time). I am sure that you are aware that other things can make nearly symetrical buildings (prevailing winds, asteroid strikes, seismic forces etc etc.

I hope not to disapoint you or to deter you from finding out more and I hope you appreciate a serious, albeit contradictory, opinion.

The sure way to find out more would, of course, be find out if the ground conditions change i.e. is there any sign of a structure or wall? Is there any 'floor' material? If you need anyone to hold the other end of a tape measure during a site visit then give me a yell!!

A couple of further questions. How does the gravity loads compare between earth and Mars? This is of course important in the design of any 'earth bound' structure. Also can you give us an idea of scale on these images?

I hope that helps (?)

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