California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Bachelor of Architecture | 5th Year
Professor Michael Fox
Location | Crater on The Moon
Crater Size | 1 mile diameter
Population | 10,000 people
Infrastructure Towers | 104 Towers
Tower Height | 440 Feet
Colony Sectors | 7 Sectors
In approximately the year 2020, man will colonize on the Moon. The process of lunar colonization will be taking 10,000 researchers and scientists to the extra-terrestrial body at this time. Typical construction on the moon cannot be achieved, as cranes and steel beams have payloads that render them impossible to be shipped there. The only realistic method of construction is a modular fabrication system based on in-situ resources. Several small robots equipped with a wide variety of tools will be sent to the moon to allocate resources, and fabricate and place modules that will construct the lunar base. The robots have the ability to collect the materials from the moon’s surface, separate them according to their properties, and then internally 3D-print the modules to exact specifications. The robot will then transport the digitally fabricated module and place it into its specific location based on a set of digital parametric plans. This construction process will emerge into the entire colony.
To sustain life on the moon, many different supportive elements will be implemented into the colony plan in a minimally supportive fashion. A one-mile diameter dome will enclose and protect the lunar compound by maintaining air pressure and a breathable atmosphere. Within the dome, six supportive sectors will be in charge of growing and researching a specific category of items: one sector dedicated to technology and communication, one in charge of growing genetically engineered meat, two for vegetation, one for textiles, and one for raising fish. Each of these sectors will bring their finished products to the distribution center within the central core of the colony so that they may be re-allocated to the rest of the residents. Research and product growth facilities will take place in large towers within each sector, in order to maximize surface area and reduce the needed size of the dome. Each tower has access to a subterranean level which is connected to the rest of the colony. This underground access is crucial for the occupants’ survival in case of a malfunction or rupture in the dome. These towers are completely air-locked in order to access necessary food supplies in emergency situations.
The urban form of the MSLC-d01 (Minimally Supportive Lunar Colony-Dome 01) is a free-flowing organic form that breaks the rigidity typically witnessed in spacecraft engineering such as the International Space Station. Considering some residents may inhabit the moon for 2-5 years, the psychological impact of the colony design is imperative to the well-being of the lunar residents. By condensing the built environment and pushing it towards the perimeter of the dome, a vast open space is produced. This open space will be utilized for recreation, fitness, relaxation, as well as the growth trees and other plant species that are too large to reside within the towers. A lunar resident will be able to not only research the moon, but enjoy it through the elegant and organic form that generates a positive and relaxing environment.
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