LUNAR CRATER CULTURAL CENTER COMPETITION
Third Place — $300
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:
amy DEDONATO: The Moon can be described as a ‘non-site’—a vacuous, untamed territory lacking limitation (gravity, vertical boundaries, atmosphere, temperature, edges, etc.) The project proposes a lunar city of culture that develops according to predetermined constraints. The outer wall of the urban complex serves as an infrastructural frame, one that maintains the cultural center’s artificial atmosphere, power supply, and transportation hubs. Growth of the cultural center develops inward along the infrastructural frame and its cross supply axes until its internal growth reaches maximum capacity.
As a highly contained enclave, the project develops through its inherent contradiction: controlled chaos. The figure’s interior produces a world of ad hoc experimentation, growth patterns, and micro-climates, yet its chaos develops within the constraints of a highly defined armature preventing the possibility of “lunar sprawl.” Throughout its lifetime, the zone becomes a cultural center for moon-bound tourists, as well as a testing ground for architectural ideas.
sP: What or who influenced this project:
aD:Pier Vittorio Aureli, Calvino’s “The Distance of the Moon,” Charles Fourier’s Phalanstère model, Walter Benjamin, Aldo Rossi, forts, medieval city walls, and my good friend and colleague, Miroslava Brooks.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aD: I was reading the Arcades Project. I was eating homemade tamale soup.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
aD: Piranesi, DOGMA, and Kanye West.
Additional links: amydedonato.com
michael SZIVOS: The danger here seems to be taking a piece of earth and placing it on the Moon. A solution that simply walls off and encloses a portion of the moonscape does not curate or propose a strategy. It simply seems to provide the most basic need: atmosphere. I am afraid of what a blank state would provide for developers interested in space tourism, assuming they are crazier than the ones in the Middle East. If this project is propaganda about what can go wrong, it is great; if it is an actual proposal, it is unsettling.
jimenez LAI: This project showed the best understanding of part-to-whole relationship by framing a colony, instead of cropping it. It is elemental and messy in a clean way. It also considers the legibility of the project viewing from earth, the only project that really does that. As well, it shows restraint toward the outline that borders vacuum beyond. Nice touch with the Kowloon Walled City reference.
john SZOT: This entry is daring in its open-minded embrace of what makes for a beautiful city. The brazen introduction of an arbitrarily square precinct on the Moon’s surface sets the stage for an anything-goes scenario; it promises the best of the bold and the banal—a truly well-rounded idea that forms the basis for what would be a legitimately vibrant lunar community.