Space is a tool to explore the infinite possibilities of mankind.
Out there, you are limitless.

Since 2008, Brown University Engineering has hosted the Space Horizons workshop, a unique event focused each year on an apparently exciting and highly beneficial space capability that for some reason is not being realized. Through presenters and participants from industry, government and academia we have looked at the problems (technical, political, architectural, financial), barriers and possible solutions to make revolutionary ideas real.

Over the last two years Space-Horizons has looked at large infrastructure in space and specifically at the South Pole’s McMurdo Sound community as a model of human societies in a remote location.

International City on the Moon

Through our history, mankind has dreamt of human settlement beyond earth, extending our society into near and deep space.

A city on the moon has been a dream realized so far only in science fiction and the long term planning of space agencies. Since the apollo era, the lunar city has been the subject of numerous books and papers with promising plans for lunar bases – but none of them have been realized or even attempted.

The mission mindset established at the birth of the space age aims at exploration, not settlement. Establishing a sustainable community on the moon is a challenge of immense scale, but with the promise of great diversity in the types of challenges it presents and talents it requires. The future of space is in widening our community to include the diversity of points of view, of interests and of capabilities required to project a permanent international city onto and possibly under, the surface of the moon.

Space Horizons 2016 will move the international lunar city forward, integrating with a broad range of represented interests to address multiple facets of the lunar city, elements including architecture, political and economic considerations, health care, art and entertainment, long term living and recreational accommodations, agriculture and food production, all built within a sustainable ecosystem.

Instead of our usual single day event, Space Horizons will begin with workshops all day Sunday and Monday February 21 and 22. Students and professionals will work interactively on technical, political, health care, sociological, financial and policy aspects of the lunar city. The third day, February 23, 2016, the working groups will present and discuss their ideas, designs, and recommendations interactively with all the participants in the workshop which will including our traditional lunch break poster session and discussion panels in addition to more formal sessions.


In addition to advancing the international lunar city concept, Space Horizons 2016 aims to broaden the participation in space activity beyond engineering and technical design to integrate all of the elements necessary to realize a permanent international city on the moon.

Students and professionals interested in diverse elements including but not limited to:

  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Biology
  • Astronomy
  • Public relations and communications
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Agriculture and Food Preparation
  • Energy and Sustainable Design

are encouraged to participate.

By creating an environment for all professionals and students from all backgrounds to brainstorm together, we will demonstrate to the world the feasibility of the lunar city concept, and the strengths of an interdisciplinary collaboration.



This year’s workshop will be held in cooperation with Metaplaneta, a creative think tank that investigates a multidisciplinary approach to space. Founded in 2015 by students at Brown University, Metaplaneta sees space as not just a scientific destination, but also as a tool to explore the infinite possibilities of mankind.