Looking through the Moon
- Yiling Chu
- Yao Ding
- Yan-Fei Jiang
- Hui Tian
The surface of moon is filled with thousands of craters, with diameters ranging from a few km to a few hundreds km. These craters provide natural base as well as protections for the buildings. Particularly the craters near the South Pole, will receive almost uninterrupted solar radiation at the surface and have small temperature fluctuations. It is also believed that water exists in some of the craters in the South Pole, which is crucial for the living of people.
The protective cover for each crater with parabolic shape will also serve as telescopes to observe the university. They can reach unprecedented angular resolution, as they will be diffraction limited instead of seeing limited as the telescopes on earth due to the atmosphere. Due to the smaller gravity
on the moon, it is also much easier to increase the diameter of these telescopes,
which will again increase the angular resolution. The capability of these telescopes will allow us to see many incredible objects directly in the university easily, such as earth size exponents, accretion disks around supermassive black holes and possible signals from alien civilizations.
As moon has a high probability to be hit by asteroids, some of the covers will also be able to launch strong laser beams to change the paths of these asteroids so that they will not hit the buildings. Power of the laser beams will come from stored solar energy and possibly nuclear energy for large asteroids.
Inside the craters covered by the dome, atmosphere will be created so that people can live there. Craters are large enough to hold buildings for different purposes, which will be located underneath the Moon’s surface and make people feel living on earth. There will be a second projection layer below the dome.
Our design proposal is to create a “Big city of Moontopia”, an incredible living experience that humans has never experience before. Through analysis the function and need of urban planning, create a link between the built environment and human behavior as it influences human life style in fields. By dividing and mapping different size of living cities in order to provide the flexibility of immigrant humans. Zoom into the architecture buildings, expanding the cityscape downward creating a terrace that emerged from the craters of the moon surface, and naturally surround by a rainbow garden. A dome that takes advantage of the volume of space between the crater and the crater surface; create a “Living under the Dom” experience on the moon. Carry through the tiers concept to on bring the ring piping in and out to buildings, connecting all the communities, its circulation that is in tiers, that allows horizontal and vertical circulation through all the areas. Looking through the “Moon eye”; but living in the “Moon heart”.