Just as the nylon flag erected on the Moon fifty years ago, a monumental tower would be marking the beginning of a new civilization era. The tower would be located in the center of a crater, where there is a higher chance of resources being discovered.
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The major living part of the future city would be buried underground, in which the soil would provide natural radiation barriers and livable temperatures. As the soil dug out for the construction would become the raw material for the tower overground, and the height of the tower turns into a literal representation of the expanding civilization.
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Before the tourists arrive, the construction robots will be sent to the base and start digging for the activity center. Meanwhile, the dirt dug out would be separated into regolith and soil, mixed with oxygen and hydrogen generated from the soil just as concrete is formed. Lunarcrete would be fabricated and pull on-site for construction.
As the most significant architectural element on the planet, the tower is the first thing visitors would encounter as they landed. The lab for scientists would be first constructed, and additional touristic facilities would be constructed on top as more Lunarcrete is produced.
Located underneath the tower, the center provides the basic physical and mental needs for life on the moon. The right-wing is connected to the living area, while the left is the trash disposal connected by a conveyor belt to the waste-to-energy plant and the factory area.
TO LIVING AREA
Each living unit contains an above-ground greenhouse, and a multi-bedroom apartment beyond, connected by underground hallways. In between, there are facilities that generate and transport the oxygen produced by the plants to the underground, and pump the wastewater for irrigation.
The modular system allows the mass production of different components and the city would expand outwards with the tower as its center. In the future when neighborhoods are formed, new minor towers would be built to mark the civic center of the community distanced from the city center.