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Architects Vie to Design the City of the Future--On the Moon [Slide Show]

The Moon Capital competition brought out new visions of lunar living, circa 2069

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Gliding through Space

In the future, according to a group of architects from Massachusetts-based New World Design, humans living on the moon will suffer from osteoporosis due to the bone-depleting effects of microgravity. ....[ More ]

A Heavenly Match

Every two years the Olympics brings together nations from around the globe for a truly world-class sporting contest. The battle to host the games, however, can be as viciously competitive as the games themselves.....[ More ]

Interplanetary Power

The abundance of helium 3 and the need for energy also inspired students Ryan Oliason, Ana Matijevic and Nimet Anwar from the University of Texas Arlington, who created what they call "Energy without Borders".....[ More ]

Mining for Food, Finalist

These eerie space pods are actually enclosed agricultural centers elevated above the lunar surface, designed by Anthony Di Mari and Alberto Govela, both of whom recently graduated with master's degrees in architecture from Harvard University and Rice University, respectively.....[ More ]

Home, Safe Home, Finalist

The crater chosen for a moon colony by Gareth Leech, an architecture student at Oxford Brookes University in England, is, he says, protected against meteor strikes by the crater's walls. Leech provided detailed descriptions of all the colony's needs, from a rover port to decontamination showers to life-support pods.....[ More ]

A Gradual Sprawl, Finalist

Recent Cornell University graduate Mengni Zhang created a vision of a moon outpost that grows over time, slowly colonizing the surface with a variety of interlocking modules grouped together in various densities.....[ More ]

A Beam of Power, First Place Winner

The judges awarded first prize to Bryna Andersen, a graduate architecture student at Columbia University, for her vision of a solar energy collector on the moon. She capitalized on ideas put forth by astrophysicist David Criswell of the University of Houston, who advocates building lunar-based solar-power collectors and sending the energy to Earth via radar beams.....[ More ]

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