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Mars: Should we stay or should we go?

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Saturday 29 June


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V&A Lecture Theatre 


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Speakers: Justin McGuirk, Professor Sanjeev Gupta 

Mars is the ultimate adventure for our generation and generations to come. The journey to Mars is set to become one of the greatest design challenges of our era. It is a truly interdisciplinary enterprise that will require new thinking in subjects as diverse as engineering, manufacturing, agriculture and even anthropology. However, with its ability to combine different disciplines and its emphasis on the human experience, design will play a pivotal role in the process. But should we even be going there? In advance of the Design Museum’s autumn exhibition Moving to Mars, join Design Museum Chief Curator Justin McGuirk, Earth and Planetary Scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta and Irene Gallou from Foster Partners for a discussion about why, how, and even if, we should be starting life on another planet.

This is part of our ‘Ideas Exchange’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.

This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. 
Please arrive ten minutes before the event begins. If you arrive after the event has started, your ticket will be reallocated.
Limited tickets will be available on the day, but we recommend pre-booking to guarantee a place.

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