It was only a matter of time before someone announced a competition for a new lunar base
Indeed, SHIFTboston has announced two:one, an inquiry into the design of lunar bases;
the other, a challenge to design a radical lunar city.
The deadline for submissions is 3 September.
For the future of design start looking to space. SHIFTboston is calling on architects, space-architects, scientists, engineers, urban designers, landscape designers, industrial designers, fashion designers, artists and futurists to submit their most provocative ideas for the moon. We seek to collect visions that will provoke thought on the moon as a new DESTINATION. SHIFTboston wants radical ideas for new lunar elements such as rovers, growing pods, inflatable structures, droids and lunar HABITATS. How about a new moon culture? Envision: FUN on the moon - activities, moon fashion, and spacesuits! YOU TELL US.
Members of our stellar jury include: space architect and National Geographic emerging explorer Constance Adams, architect and partner at UN Studio Astrid Piber, NASA habitation systems architect Kriss Kennedy and architect Amanda Levete.
The honorary recipient will receive a cash prize and present at the MOON CAPITAL Forum at the Cyclorama in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The forum will be a panoramic gala event, including members of the MOON CAPITAL Competition jury and advisory panel, astronauts, aerospace and astrophysics engineers, government, community, industry and academic leaders along with artists, architects, and design professionals.
Winning entries will be displayed in a new virtual moon game and at the Johnson Space Center. Select entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog, website and will become part of the SHIFTboston MOON CAPITAL Exhibit. Entries will also be selected as part of a new ‘2069: Moon Independence’ book. For information please visithttp://www.shiftboston.org
Sponsors and Partners Include: Google Lunar X PRIZE, Boston Society of Architects, Space Architecture Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Boston Center for the Arts.
Competition Category 1: LET’S GET SERIOUS
Design a second generation living and working moon habitat. Written by Dr. Marc Cohen, a leader in the space architecture industry and a registered architect, the architectural program consists of four components: an above surface access unit, surface laboratories, an agricultural zone, and a core habitat located under the lunar surface. YOU WILL BE DESIGNING AN ACTUAL LUNAR BASE and will be contributing to advancements in design in the space architecture industry. There has never been an open competition such as this before. We are giving YOU the opportunity to learn more about designing for extreme environments and you will walk away understanding more than you ever have about our Moon and living in space.
Competition Category 2: LET’S HAVE FUN
‘There are spaceships to build, Moon metals to mine, and energy resources to harness. Not to mention movies to make, low-gravity games to create, and advertising to sell. There’s every opportunity, from the more serious side of human behavior … to the more fun side of human behavior.’
Jeff Krukin, executive director of the Space Frontier Foundation
THINK: WHAT IF this could happen on the Moon? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that will re-imagine the Moon as a new destination. We want radical ideas for new lunar elements such as rovers, growing pods, inflatable structures, droids, clothing, and habitats. Envision an entire LUNAR CITY! How about a new Moon culture? What would it look like? Sound like? Envision having FUN on the moon with activities, fashion, and spacesuits!
YOU TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IS POSSIBLE ON THE MOON.
The honorary recipients will receive a US$1,000 cash prize and present at the MOON CAPITAL Forum at the Cyclorama in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The Forum will be a panoramic gala event; attendees will include members of the MOON CAPITAL Competition jury and advisory panel, astronauts, leading aerospace and astrophysics engineers, government, community, industry and academic leaders along with architects and other design professionals. The winning entry will be displayed in a new virtual moon game and become part of the MOON CAPITAL Exhibit at the Johnson Space Center. Select entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog, website. Entries will also be selected as part of a new “Moon Independence” book.
Haym Benaroya, Professor at Rutgers Engineering Mechanical Aerospace
Studies random vibration and risk and reliability of space structures, models lunar base and space structures. Hosts symposium written books on lunar settlement.
Peter Chen, Astrophysicist with NASA
Studies lunar base protection and shielding.
Marc Cohen, Lead Human Systems Integration Engineer, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
His primary focus is on design research for the aerospace living and working environment for space habitats, space stations, lunar and planetary bases, as well as, human factors engineering design of space work stations, EVA airlock, and crew accommodations.
Michael Fox, Professor Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University
Dava Newman, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is most notable for assisting NASA in developing new space activity suits, namely the Bio-Suit.
Larry Toups, Habitat lead at the Lunar Surface Systems Project Office at NASA Johnson Space Center