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ilking the moon.
agent. agent.. structure.
mixed farming [cattle + farming] - large craters. large cities - medium craters. aquaculture - deep and small craters. infrastructure - small craters closer to cities. towns - small craters.
perspective [..] conceptual [master plan]
Connections are the fundamental structure of any system. They establish the nature of a relationship using the principles of mutualism, commensalism and parasitism. It is only by understanding the intricate connections between the elements that we can begin to comprehend a system and further on emulate it on a new set of circumstances. The basic necessities of the human being have been consistent throughout the ages and have been dictating its relationships with other species and the environment. The major changes have been in the way humans ful ll these necessities and the nature of these connections. In modern civilization, the conception of a complex social system has resulted in a intricate set of elements and connections that compose society’s infrastructure as a means to address the basic needs. For this reason, when understanding the Moon as a new system, or furthermore as a new ecosystem in which we can exist, it is imperative that we realize that the rst steps for development are understanding the conditions and conceiving the infrastructure needed to ful ll human necessity. In Milking the moon, we approach the issue by evaluating the basic elements of Earth’s infrastructure and the challenges the Moon presents. Doing so, we conclude that the possibilities presented by the livestock industry are many and that the potential of development on the moon could lay on an infrastructure surrounding it. The concerns that surround the bovine industry include deforestation (70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon results from cattle ranches), contamination (the livestock industry is responsible for 6% of greenhouse gases) and the quality and salubrity of the meat. Interpreting the cow’s connections by Input and Output and taking into matter the Moon’s conditions, we can propose a system in which what appears to be negative elements on the Earth are actually positive on the Moon. The moon provides an environment without living organisms so forest depletion is not necessary and hygienic measures are easily met. On the other hand, the lack of an atmosphere on the Moon makes greenhouse gases a necessity for atmospherical development and, consequentially, long term living. In addition, by using cow manure as both an energy source and a fertilizer to jump-start the Moon’s crust, the agricultural industry can be developed. Taking into matter the low gravity e ects, we can assume that the natural bone loss and muscle atrophy can improve both the quantity and quality of the meat. Utilizing craters as a site, the project proposes a master-plan and a more detailed modular, panoptic design for the factory farming of the bovine industry. By disseminating the module system of bovine throughout the moon craters, we intend to use the cow, metaphorically, as some type of battery to fuel human needs making this a tting opportunity to re-interpret life on the Moon.
vent stack for CO2 exhalation. milk tube continuation to main tank. saving tank for cow hay, water and milk. structure t to the moon surface. output valve for tank content. milk tube. water tube. hay tube. structure arm, and O2 tubes to mantain the pressure required. cow manure tube. water input. hay input. glass door. cow.
moon [+]  manure tons. [24.000] milk lbs. [70 %] viable meat.
observation deck. milk tank. hay tank. water tank. irrigation arm. cow cabin. manure tank.
 manure tons. [18.000] milk lbs. [49 %] viable meat.
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