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LUNAEON


Title : Lunaeon
Author : Yan Chen
Nationality : American
Year : 2019
Location : Shackleton Crater, Moon
Biography : Yan holds a Bachelors degree in science in design and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Architecture at Syracuse University, Yan has participated in several research intern positions with university professors and is currently a teaching assistant at Syracuse University.
Type : Nominee
Scale : XL : Urban
Size : 2 050 000
Capacity : 50 000

By 2124, lunar mining, research and inhabitation are common practice in small scale outposts to locate water-ice, helium, and other resources beneath the upper layers of the moons surface. With Earths slow death and continual depletion of resources, the Shackleton Crater on the Moons south pole is identified as the most feasible site for humanitys lunar expansion and inhabitation. Over a course of decades, Lunaeon is completed to extract resources to fuel and construct habitable research, agriculture & mining programs on the Moon around the rim of the Shackleton Crater. A partnership between nations, private corporations & neutral alliances joined to fund the project. Each will receive a dedicated district arranged around Lunaeons circumference. Each district houses programs specifically curated by each group and its population ranging between 30-50 thousand people. Lunaeon is situated at the highest ground on the lunar south pole which receives perpetual solar light and energy for capture, use, and storage. The initial phase is the magnetic rail system totaling 65 km along the craters rim. The magrails act as the path of expansion for Lunaeon and allow for an urban transport system at later phases. On the magrail rests a sliding crane with 3 robotic fabrication arms to 3D print a regolith composite shell into the varying forms of each individual structure. In the depths of the crater lie the mining facilities which extract water ice, regolith, and helium-3. Scaling up its 15 km slope are the processing towers which convert the raw resources into usable water, composite building material and fuel. The processed materials are sent up to the fabrication crane at the crater rim by cable-cars to begin the fabrication of each district.

Descriptive of Author : A 65 km ring city at the edge of a crater.