Anaxagoras is believed to have said that the Purpose of Life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.
LIFE takes off in a literary reading of Anaxagoras’ principle through a practice of storing by spreading. Equally inspired by Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the active reach out to extraterrestrial life, via transmissions like Arecibo Message and A Message From Earth, this structure is a physical interpretation of the panspermia hypothesis.
Why should man venture into outer space?
The lion’s share of reasons, like mankind’s inability adapting to ecosystems and irresponsible use of nature’s resources, makes it evident that it is probably a good idea to think twice about a space odyssey. Instead of consider the moon just another world to exploit, we suggest not to bring humanity into space. Yet there clearly is a wish to spread human life beyond earth, but we propose a radically different alternative: spread life. Remove man from the equation and focus on proactive change through design, to save the beauty of nature.
The main structure is a space elevator, which due to the nature of our solar system needs to be huge. The spine attached to the Moon’s equator consists of an encapsulated space with a self-preserving ecosystem. This ecosystem produces seeds that blend with regolith from the moons surface, collected via the balancing restraining cord attached to the moons northern pole. These projectiles of regolith, seeds, plant’s parts, germs and other residues are then flung out into space. By incorporating an intergalactic dimension to the tradition of conservatory rescue architecture like Svalbard Global Seed Vault, safety in numbers make sure life won’t live and die with the death of the earth. Instead the blank slate provided by uninhabited planets throughout the galaxies makes excellent tabula rasa for a new beginning.
As the project is situated on the far side of the moon, it resembles of an umbilical cord stretching between the unknown and infinity, filled with life longing for new places to spire.