Honorable Mention: Moon Village, a vibrant hub in the unknown

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via Architect Magazine

July 8, 2019


By Gideon Fink Shapiro

Space travel and exploration have fascinated generations of scientists and engineers, but architects are becoming mesmerized as well. In 2018, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the European Space Agency (ESA), the MIT Media Lab, and the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics formed a collaborative research agreement—sparked by shared mutual interests—to develop a vision for a permanent human settlement on the moon’s surface.

Beyond the obvious technical challenges is the human-centered design needed to make extraterrestrial living functional and tenable, notes Colin Koop, AIA, a design partner in SOM’s New York office. For example, astronauts on hypothetical 500-day missions would need areas for fitness and recreation, and windows to enjoy views from the proposed 2-kilometer-square site on the rim of Shackleton crater at the moon’s South Pole, where near-continuous sunlight would be harvested to generate electricity and grow food.

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