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SOM Releases Conceptual Design for Lunar Development

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Source: Architectural Record

The future of architecture may, soon, be out of this world. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has released the conceptual design for the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface, called “Moon Village.”

As architect, engineer, and designer of the master plan, SOM had to consider “problems that no one would think about on Earth, like radiation protection, pressure differentials, and how to provide breathable air,” said design partner Colin Koop. “The project presents a completely new challenge for the field of architectural design.”

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