HONOURABLE MENTION DEC 2011: Moon-astery
The project explores the speculative notion from two directions first speculating on the cultural behaviour of such an enterprise, asking questions like who would like on the moon?
What and why would you go there. And how would this change humanities perception on itself. Would living on the moon lead to new forms of spirituality, new social structures or would we export our current ways of being which would be exposed in a completely new context.
Given that such colonisation looks to be something by the private sector would this lead to private cities? Would this create latent utopias reflecting the best of man or a folly doomed to failure.
Perhaps the closest parallel would be European colonisation of the Americas, with some successes and some failures.
The second notion explores the real and technical requirements of lunar inhabitation focusing on how environmental systems and resource management might be employed in a completely enclosed and separate system.
In such an environment how would we keep the place warm? Protected from radiation? And how would waste products be recycled.
These questions although in an extreme context allow us to question how more sustainable design might be accomplished on earth.
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