Architecture and design magazine Eleven revealed the winners of the Moontopia competition which accepted designs from architects to visualize life on the moon. One winner and eight runners up were selected from hundreds of proposals submitted to the competition which ran from August to November 2016. The designs are as follows:
• Test Lab by Monika Lipinska, Laura Nadine Olivier and Inci Lize Ogun: The winning project. It consists of colonizing the moon through 3D printing and self-assembly.
• Momentum Virium by Sergio Bianchi, Jonghak Kim, Simone Fracasso, Alejandro Jorge Velazco Ramirez: The runner-up in the competition proposes a habitat that would be built on orbit and not directly on the moon's surface
• Modulpia by Alessandro Giorgi, Cai Feng, Siyuan PanEsteban Analuiza: It was chosen as the people’s choice through an online vote. This project aims for installation in parts factory installed first, and followed by research laboratories and accommodation for researchers.
• Platinum City by Sean Thomas Allen: The habit would support the first post-human industry of asteroid mining, as well as space tourism
• Upside Down by Ryan Tung Wai Yin, Ho Wing Tsit Teresina, Joshua Ho: A concept for interplanetary exploration and subsequent colonization.
• Womb by Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Saran Chamroonkul: It imagines the moon as a place of contemplation and sanctuary from the materialistic planet Earth. The people reside in bubbles rather than houses.
• Looking through the Moon Eye by Yiling Chu, Yao Ding, Yan-Fei Jiang, Hui Tian: A plan to build communities within the moon's craters which also serves as protective covers that would help to fend off asteroids
• Lunar Oasis by Edward Chew: It revolves around human colonization and people's wellbeing in relation to the built environment on the moon.
• The Aerosphere by Stephanie Stiers: It focuses on space tourism that facilitates short-term trips of one lunar day in a transparent sphere.
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