A proposal for a lunar habitat is the latest venture by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM, for short) who is attempting to make its practice even more future-oriented. The project is called 'Moon Village' and is being executed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The concept makes use of inflatable architecture in the shape of pods that can potentially "balloon up to accommodate more inhabitants as the population grows." The lunar habitat is designed to answer a number of uncertainties of settlement. For example, the architectural design of the pods, their topography, properties, and arrangement is intended to offer solutions to issues related to "resiliency, self-sufficiency, and [the] use of the moon's existing resources."
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