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Q&A How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings o...

27 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭

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Q&A Planning intra-city public air transport

I want to have air transport as the dominant means of public transportation in my fictional city. But how would such a system operate to handle many commuters with maximum efficiency? Specifically ...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by PentalimbedP‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PentalimbedP‭

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Q&A Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CaseyKincade‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CaseyKincade‭

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Q&A How big could a meteor crater be without causing significant secondary effects?

I need to wipe out a city. Not a huge one (I won't let them grow beyond a certain limit), but big enough to need to do some pretty serious damage. Let's say something similar in size to Pompeii. (y...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Spudley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Spudley‭

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Q&A How would a force field dome over a city affect the weather?

I put a force field dome over my city. How would that affect the weather inside the city, and outside it? Specification of the city: 10 × 40 km on the surface 1 km in height dome would be 2 to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Fulli‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Fulli‭

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Q&A How steep a road could a horse/horse-and-cart travel?

I'm in the early stages of designing a city, and would like some advice about to structure its roads realistically for transport. The city is circular, with large roads entering the city at north...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by K. Price‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by K. Price‭

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Q&A What would cause the land to "rise" in a future, post-apocalyptic world?

We are in the future in northern North America (U.S or Canada). The land has "risen" (or more accurately, filled in) with several hundred feet of earth and sand and silt so that a modern city will ...

16 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Arwood‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arwood‭

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Q&A Colonizing Earth

After several centuries in exodus, humanity returns to earth to recolonize the planet. Naturally, their first question is the same as mine: Where are the best place(s) on earth to settle? Paramet...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TKOW‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TKOW‭

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Q&A Underwater city sanitation

In a vaguely Medieval setting with some limited magic, how would an underwater city handle sewage? Sanitation was one of the biggest limiting factors in the growth of human cities, and being under...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Overthinks‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Overthinks‭

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Q&A Calculating City Size based on Population

Question: I'm trying to determine how large (geographically) my city will have to be to accommodate for 1 million people. I have a city that was basically formed by the gods to be fertile land wit...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by kentcdodds‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kentcdodds‭

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Q&A What is a feasible long way transportation system with technology up to 1699?

Exposition One of the biggest Problems my Renaissance city with 2.7 million inhabitants is facing is how two get food from outside the city fast enough to the populous before being spoiled. The ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Soan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Soan‭

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Q&A What would the effects be if all power grids connected to nuclear reactors abruptly suffered catastrophic failure?

To be more specific, I mean what if every wire, every power cable and transformer on the connected grids to the nuclear power plants all ruptured at once. The transformers literally exploding, the ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Obelisk‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Obelisk‭

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Q&A How could carbon nanotubes help me build supertall skyscrapers?

It is the near-future. Breakthrough, mass produced carbon nanotubes have been invented and are relatively cheap. These nanotubes have the properties that we would expect, and are manufactured in 'r...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A A Glass Window in an Underwater City

In this scenario, an underwater city is a collection of domes interconnected by tunnels 17 feet wide and 17 tall. The largest of the city's domes is 71,000 square feet in area and 137 feet tall. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A 3-Level Roadway Engineering

I'm the city designer for a new city we're calling Morrowville. Having some of the worlds top minds, flying cars have been invented, but can only fly a few feet (2-4) from the ground and not everyo...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A How can I explain a sudden abundance of naturally-occurring beer?

Researchers are scratching their heads, and Portland Water Bureau is furious. In Portland, Oregon, a reservoir in one of the City parks has begun spilling out a river of naturally occurring beer/a...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mikey‭

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Q&A Burning Down Chicago

The year is 2100. Internet 3.0 has arrived, with an ubiquitous Internet of Things. Even your wedding band has a fingerprint scanner to make sure it doesn't get stolen. An evil AI has been developed...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What effects would a change in the nature of human sexuality have on society and infrastructure

Consider a group of humans at a bronze-age to early iron-age technological level colonizing a new earthlike planet. There is just one difference - there exists on the planet something which change...

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Monty Wild‭

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Q&A How would a building handle being submerged?

A common question seems to be how to survive tsunamis / floodings and the like. However I'm interested in what a building would look like after a year under the water. Depending on the depth and t...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Reaces‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Reaces‭

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Q&A A city to last ten million years: Construction

In the future, a high-tech human civilization has colonised a distant planet. The planet is basically Earthlike in gravity, climate, terrain and vegetation. They want to build Forevertown: A city w...

18 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Royal Canadian Bandit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Royal Canadian Bandit‭

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Q&A How would a city of AI be built?

Someone has created an AI of human-level intelligence, and within hours this AI has grown in intelligence and power to the point that human life no longer seems so sacred. In an instant, all life o...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by DaaaahWhoosh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DaaaahWhoosh‭

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Q&A Superhero Civil Engineering Techniques

It's 2018. Dr. Evil tried to [rob a bank/destroy the city/take over the world] using a [unstoppable robot army/death ray/zombie ninja T-Rex]. Just when hope is lost, Superdude comes flying in with ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mailmindlin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by mailmindlin‭

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Q&A Floating City for 1 billion people

I'm currently planning for my own new story, and in one point in time there will be a city somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean which has to have the space resources necessary to sustain for around 1 bi...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Nightfury‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nightfury‭

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Q&A Non-Iron Skyscraper Framing

I'll confess that I have a real issue with iron--it rusts quickly. In fact, the History Channel program Life After People constantly states that, left to its own devices, the iron that makes up a ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Effects of Hostile Environment on Population Distribution

In my world, humanoid races are an afterthought added by the gods only after they'd spent millennia treating the world as their personal canvas, designing it however they found most interesting. Th...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Syric‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Syric‭

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Q&A Scavenging metal resources in post-apocalypse after 100 years

This is another question for a setting I mentioned in previous questions (currency, ammo). The setting is: It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years fr...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Bora‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Bora‭

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Q&A How long could a city last if it were completely underwater?

Let's say there is a city, about the size of New York City, that is made only out of stone, steel, and glass. This city would be completely underwater. Assuming no humans are alive in this city, ho...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by SaneDragon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by SaneDragon‭

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Q&A How closely should be placed industrial centre / NIMBY from urban centre?

I'm trying to design a realistically looking capitol (with a few milion people) for one human nation on an exoplanet. The technology level is barely better than contemporary. The city is placed ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A Where can I easily/cheaply get a hundred square miles of land for a new country?

I'm looking to found a new country on a real-to-life Earth, and I need somewhere to put it. The country is going to be anywhere from 100 to 1000 square miles (250 to 2500 square km) in size. Assume...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by TheEnvironmentalist‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by TheEnvironmentalist‭

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Q&A How can you build cities without cement?

Modern cities are built from concrete with steel rebar because it is abundantly available and provides enough tensile strength. Concrete requires cement. Cement is made from limestone. Limestone is...

19 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lorry Laurence mcLarry‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Lorry Laurence mcLarry‭

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Q&A What methods might an ancient civilization use to desalinate sea water?

Following on from my previous question here concerning the ancient civilization I have called the Androy and their struggle to survive terrible drought conditions on their planet. After years of s...

15 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A City in the wake of the Yggdrasil: Engineering Considerations

Following on from my previous question about how to consolidate my fantasy setting with science that was successful (thanks everyone!), things have been progressing well in my world design; and my ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by eharper256‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by eharper256‭

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Q&A How to manage water in a city 2500 feet below sea level?

In my Pathfinder RPG campaign setting I have two continents separated by an isthmus. An artificial canyon carved through the isthmus from one ocean to another divides the continents. The canyon i...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by StandardEyre‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by StandardEyre‭

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Q&A Building a city on top of, alongside and inside a coastal cliff

The capital of the society my story revolves around is built on top of a cliff, similar to the White Cliffs of Dover (pictured below for reference). For story reasons, they settled in this location...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by RenegadePizzaGuy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by RenegadePizzaGuy‭

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Q&A Logistics of high-quality lifestock delivery for alien megacity?

Essentially all the members of an alien species live within a single relatively sparsely inhabited megacity. The city has a surface area of about 30,000km². The species happens to be almost exclu...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by AngelPray‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by AngelPray‭

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Q&A What geological/geographical features are needed to support a Greco-Roman 'City of Fountains'

Belsaria is the City of Fountains. The capital of Nowheria, it's truly a civic marvel, due to the thousands of fountains that jet water into the air at every intersection and in the courtyards of a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Joe Bloggs‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Joe Bloggs‭

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Q&A How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are an...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by LordofFantasy15‭

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Q&A How to calculate maximum altitude difference between metro stations?

For story purpose I am trying to design a mass transit system for a perfect city. Right ... maybe not so perfect, if you look carefully into the details, but actually the mass transit system is sup...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A How long can New York City sustain the Snakebot of Doom's hunger for Iron and steel?

The time: January 27th, 2017, 7:00 AM local. The place: New York City and environs. Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, has just finished steamrolling New York City into something more closely res...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Monty Wild‭

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Q&A The impacts of the Moon's limited gravity on the design of a Moon city's transportation network

In the near future mankind could well permanently settle on the Moon. Whether for research or mining or just good old fashioned novelty is irrelevant. The colony includes: Large domed structu...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by James‭

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Q&A How much available matter in the solar system?

Assuming all the energy in our solar system (solar energy, heat, etc) was converted into matter, and then using all the matter in the solar system, how big of a city sphere could be built? What I ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by hidden‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by hidden‭

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Q&A Designing cities inside a hollowed-out asteroids

When I was a kid, I read an essay by Asimov describing an inside-out asteroid: (summary from Wikipedia) The Bubbleworld or Inside/Outside concept was originated by Dandridge M. Cole in 1964....

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A Constant artificial light

Is a scifi setting of constant artificial light everywhere plausible? I'm thinking to the point that the average adult person has not gone out of a city and has no experience of general darkness (o...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Henrygale‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Henrygale‭

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Q&A Could self-driving light rail/subway/tram trains be much shorter (fewer cars) than systems where trains need drivers?

Tech level: more or less contemporary, no tech that would put you in awe. I'm trying to make realistic, driverless, mass-transit system. The first idea was that "driverless" implies that in each ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A How do I figure out how many people my domed city on a hostile planet can support?

I have a colony of humans on Mars, living in enclosed cities to maintain breathable air. (If they need to leave, they suit up.) Assuming modern-day technology, how do I figure out how many people...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What is the highest pressure humans can live in in comfort?

These people inhabit an underwater city. In the city there are pools that connect the dry habitat with the outside ocean, this of course mean that the habitat is unpressurized and therefore the in...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SilverCookies‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SilverCookies‭

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Q&A What are the considerations for waterproofing a building's first few floors?

My city's founders had the short-sightedness to place it on the coast. Now, for mysterious reasons, the sea level is rising. The municipal government has decided that building dikes is "too Dutch" ...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SPavel‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SPavel‭

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Q&A Would a food chain based on bacteria in hot springs be able to support a human population?

I'm designing a city built to take advantage of valuable mineral deposits in a large polar desert. The city is built around a Yellowstone-esque region of hot springs and geysers, where underground ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Werrf‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Werrf‭

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Q&A Could a long skyscraper be used to limit amount of pollution coming from industrial district?

On the picture there is a building that slightly inspired me and convinced me that building like this indeed could be built in RL. However I have the following question. Could a building like th...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A What considerations does a city built on an oceanic platform have to make?

In a world without enough land for a massive (and growing) population, but plenty of water surface, experimental cities have started to spring up along the edges of various continents. The first is...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Terri M.‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Terri M.‭

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