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Rania Ghosn, DESIGN EARTH, wins Jacques Rougerie Competition

Design Earth, a collaborative practice led by Assistant Professor Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy won first prize in the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition for their project, Neck of the Moon.

"Space debris, the collection of defunct technological objects of the space and information age, poses a risk to the continued reliable use of the Earth’s geostationary orbit. Neck of the Moon cleans up the orbital environment by compacting space debris into planet Laika, the Earth’s new second moon. An umbilical space-elevator ties Laika to the belly of the Cotopaxi volcano, which means “Neck of the Moon” in a native Indian language. The project connects as such the geologic, geographic, and cosmographic dimensions of the Earth to propose a powerful yet peaceful force of sensitivity by which our cyborg species inhabits technological space," writes Design Earth.

The Jacques Rougerie Foundation was founded to advance the work of architects, engineers and designers. The competition focuses on how the prospective work of design, engineering and urban planning can create greater environmental, industrial, and technological responsibility. The 2015 competition focused on three areas: 'Innovation and Architecture for the Sea', 'Innovation and Architecture for Space', and 'Architecture and Sea Level Rise'.

Neck of the Moon is currently on exhibit in the Keller Gallery. See the full project, and watch Neck of the Moon.

Project Team: El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn
Jia Weng, Mingchuan Yang, Shuya Xu, Hsin-Han Lee, Sihao Xiong

Keller Gallery exhibition installation and production: Matthew Tarpley, Joseph Swerdlin, Nicholas Pacula, Kent Rodzwicz/TINT