The scarcity of habitation on Earth has pushed humans towards the skies. It would be an eventuality that we would break beyond the confines of our own atmosphere in search of new resources. Settlement on the moon may well be an answer to the countdown towards Earth’s final breath.
Architecture may bring us to places of multiple planes, multiple dimensions and multiple worlds. The moon itself contains no delight for anyone to actually live there without massive intervention. Though in the end, it is but a stepping stone towards the ultimate destination of Mars.
Stage 1: Rebirth
Initial research teams are sent, establishing base at the ridges off the Peary Crater for its permanent sunlight. Inflatable cylinders house the controls for the different basic necessities. For the first few months the reliance lies mostly on rations from earth while greenhouses are eventually built to house hydroponic farms. Robots scout the nearby crater and settle at hydrogen deposits as previously detected from satellites. During this stage the settlement aims to become self-sustainable in air, water, food, and energy.
Stage 2: Resupply
Subsequent payloads provide the lunar settlement with manufacturing capabilities and additional workforce (both biological and robotic). Robotic scouts have thoroughly mapped the northern hemisphere both on the surface and beneath it, reintroducing the industrial revolution as private companies coalesce to begin the mining of metals, and harvesting of oxygen and hydrogen encased in the lunar soil. On top of reliance on solar power, nuclear fusion plants flourish off of harvested helium-3.
With the prolonged stay in a low gravity environment, musculoskeletal loss will become a growing problem and danger. The solution must go beyond a simple exercise machine for the prolonged of stay of moon’s inhabitant. The first torus module, a 100m wide centrifuge partially manufactured and assembled on the moon, containing multiplanar spaces for work, play and living. It spins at prescheduled times, allowing users to utilize every surface of the space.
Stage 3: Rebuild
In half a decade, lunar settlements have expanded hundreds of kilometers beyond Alpha base, and torus modules become the basic inhabitation structure for new colonies. These along with great factories are ordered along a ring more than a thousand kilometers in diameter. A new phase dawns as the manufacturing of a large scale lunar torus begins. The massive structure rises from the dust that when completed a spinning city to inhabit populations of millions, a breathable atmosphere and environments alike those on Earth. Initial local scale toruses are unfolded into the urban fabric of the larger Lunar Torus creating new combinations of programs. Tourism and investment booms with the prospects of future settlement on the torus.
Stage 4: Redeploy
Research partaken both on Earth and the Moon have developed spacecraft and breakthroughs in space inhabitation technology, as well as thoroughly trained the first batch of Martian colonization teams. Lunar mass drivers deliver payloads into Mars in conjunction with the manned mission.
The lunar torus becomes an established permanent inhabitation with large scale immigrations. Many train on the moon as a transition before embarking on the journey onwards.