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Q&A How can I make the supporting pillars of an underground city less obstructive?

Node is the last active city of the lizard people. Node was built to be a self-sufficient city and a nexus of an interconnected bunker system. It was a vanity project from the peak of the lizard em...

22 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A What would a house, designed to accomodate a dragon, look like?

So, when you use a dragon for military purposes, it's probably for the best to keep them close and keep them happy. Which means building them a place they can call home. Now, housing a dragon is q...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How would X-Seed 4000(s) affect the weather?

So, the X-Seed 4000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Seed_4000) is a rather large lad. The tallest building ever fully realized. Let's just say that, in five decades, they decide to actually build ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ethan Hill‭

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Q&A What do you make bricks out of in the rainforest?

Problem statement There exists a thriving Bronze Age civilization in a gigantic rainforest, bigger than the Amazon and Congo put together. This civilization is built in on the flood plains of a mi...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A How large and heavy would an arcology have to be?

I am trying to work out the size and (because this is among other things for populating a rotating habitat) weight of an arcology made to house, say, 5000 people - that seems a good number for a se...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Zuthal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zuthal‭

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Q&A What would be the condition of a wood cottage that has been abandoned for ~20 years?

Suppose a two-storey timber cottage has been left unoccupied for 15 to 20 years. The entire structure is wooden, including all beams and supports, with a rammed earth foundation. It's situated with...

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

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Q&A Justification for predominantly late-medieval style buildings in a modern world

So, my setting operates with some futuristic tech, which turned out to be pretty lame (especially nanomachines, they're just fancy pants medicine). Therefore, to spice things up, I encased it in a ...

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

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Q&A How large would a circular wall need to be to appear straight?

How large (in terms of height and radius) would an outdoor circular wall (like a city wall on a colossal scale) need to be before a casual observer would perceive the wall as "straight"? I found "...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caleb Brinkman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caleb Brinkman‭

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Q&A What materials would I use to build an underwater city?

I'm currently trying to set up an underwater race in my world"”merpeople if you will"”and I'm trying to figure out how their city would look. I'm basing their religion and lifestyle on native civil...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chloé B‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chloé B‭

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Q&A Artificial sky and sun for underground and remote colonies

I has this idea for quite a while. I searched for information on the internet but I could see no reference. All searches gave results on the same idea but the effect was not what I'm looking for. ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A Building structures underwater: What could a giant crab do?

Okay, so I was working on making a sapient creature that lives underwater ended up with what was basically a two-hundred pound crab. They have human level language skills, and I decided to justify...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭

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Q&A Preventing centaurs from invading China

During the Ming dynasty, China was frequently attacked by centaurs from north. In order to ward off the invaders, the emperor of China wanted to build a long stretch of barrier along the mountain r...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What are the architectural considerations when an underwater species builds a city?

I've got a species that lives in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic coast, and they are basically a sentient crossbreed of Orca whales and elephant seals. They are omnivores, have opposeable th...

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

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Q&A Shatoum: The Granite Citadel

I have a location in my story, the design of which needs a reality check. City Description: As my ship cut across the waves a blurred grey smudge appeared in the distance, as the hours passed...

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

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Q&A How would the color of sand affect the color of glass?

So, I know that there are naturally occurring beaches that are various 'odd' colors like pink, black, green, and orange and I was wondering if the color of this sand would have any effects on the c...

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

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Q&A Could Air-Breathing Mermaids Colonize Atlantis?

I rediscovered this article recently and loved all the creative answers on how a mermaid might build underwater. This, for me, brought to mind Atlantis, the kingdom that sank into the sea. I've...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A What is the minimum radius of a circular corridor for the walls to appear straight?

Where am I? It is so dark around here... Hopefully I have a torch. It looks like I am in a very long corridor. Time passes What? No this couldn't be! I walked straight in front of me d...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by EngelOfChipolata‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by EngelOfChipolata‭

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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 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 Cities in a world with rapid winds and denser atmosphere?

I am looking for information on how the trees and the flora would be in a world with a denser atmosphere and stronger winds. I have read that due to the greater kinetic movement of the wind, that ...

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

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Q&A Wall thickness depending on the building materials used

I'm building a map of a fantasy town and its surrounding area. I'm using Campaign Cartographer (CC3) for this and I'm striving for appropriate scale. I know that, nowadays, the average outside wa...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SC for reinstatement of Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SC for reinstatement of Monica‭

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Q&A Could a plant grow on a building taller than mount Everest?

I was wondering if it was possible to potentially grow a plant on a building taller than mount Everest. I mean on as in bottom to top with grass or some other plant. Would the grass run out of oxyg...

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

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Q&A Building a bridge from one side

Your people have been displaced by war, and have wandered for many months looking for a new home. Yesterday, you came across something truly marvelous. You are camped at the edge of a huge ravine, ...

18 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Arandur‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Arandur‭

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Q&A Is it possible to have a civilization in the core of a planet?

Or, technically, a civilization near the core of a planet. In this question I will describe some aspect of my design, and you may comment on the realism of these aspects and add improvements, or p...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Luna‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Luna‭

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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 Would it be realistic to store energy using gravity by elevating buildings?

The basic idea is that a building (house, business, etc...) would be on a type of foundation that would allow it to be lifted into the air (not by a lot, I'm thinking inches at most) to store energ...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Programmer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Programmer‭

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Q&A What material could be used for walls on giant futuristic cities?

In the dystopic/post-apocalyptic world I'm building, civilization has been split into two different societies. One is the rich who live in very large, protected cities that have giant walls surroun...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭

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Q&A How deep could we bury the world in artifice?

I've been reading a few books lately, principally the Warhammer 40,000 descriptions of Earth and the Night's Dawn Trilogy, and it's got me wondering just how far down we could bury a planet under a...

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

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Q&A What are the feasible means of keeping a space station existing and operational for thousands of years?

In my space western setting, I went nuts with the time scale, so now I have a faction living entirely in space stations (with planets used for transit and agriculture, but that's irrelevant for now...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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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 How would someone destroy a dam in a world without explosives?

I'm considering the mechanics of a "shock and awe" scene in my novel which could see an old dam being brought down. The era is equivalent to that of the middle Roman empire, so introducing explosiv...

20 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Brereton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Brereton‭

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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 Mermaid architecture

In most representations of mermaid cities, they either live in implausible magical palaces, or in some more or less elaborate cave systems. Assuming the only difference with our world is the prese...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by clem steredenn‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by clem steredenn‭

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Q&A Bioengineered underground Arco based loosely on"¦ a wart?

I need an semi-organic structure large enough to fit a dense kasbah village on top, that protrudes from a shallow sea. additional info, maybe unimportant: planet orbits a red dwarf star tidally lo...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by wetcircuit‭

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Q&A Is it practical to build dirt scrapers instead of skyscrapers?

Buildings are often build on the ground into the sky. Would it be conceivable if instead, we build down into the ground instead? We wouldn't have to worry about wind then. I think we could go farth...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A Gravity and Architecture

In one world I've developed, the local surface gravity is slightly more than three times the surface gravity on Earth. Humans settled this world and were doing quite well through highly advanced te...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Frostfyre‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Frostfyre‭

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Q&A What type of architecture would an arachnid /crustacean likely to have? [SCULPTING FINISHED]

UPDATE!!!! - FINISHED THE SCULPT :D [UPDATE: Much Much bigger response and feedback than i anticipated, I am hugely greatful and overwhelmed by the ideas and the help, I will keep the thread goi...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by 3Davacado‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by 3Davacado‭

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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 How slowly would continental gears need to turn to not destroy everything?

Out there in the vastness of space there is a colossal machine by unknown makers. An entire artificial planet that, underneath the initial crust, has massive systems of clockwork with the topmost p...

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

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Q&A Technology to inhabit −200 degrees planets?

Humans require a 20 degrees environment. that's 250 degrees warmer than Pluto. So, if humans lived there, their structures would melt the surface and sink. −200 cracks all common metals. most sp...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by com.prehensible‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by com.prehensible‭

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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 Is it possible to affect a human mind using visual images in architecture

What if, through advanced psychological techniques and enough knowledge of a human mind, could someone construct a building that when a person lives there for an amount of time, could subliminally ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭

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Q&A Planet of the Aves: New Nests

On the planet of the Aves, birds have evolved to dominate the Earth instead of mammals. Of the thousands of species in this world, both on the ground and in the water, the only one to develop sapie...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Building a capital city in a fantasy world

So I'm working on building a city in my world and I've run into an issue with scale/size. I have the general idea of how large the city will be (~8 km diameter) and I am having trouble coming up wi...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Killzone‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Killzone‭

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Q&A What are some major architectural designs in spaceships for aquatic beings

Like this question I'm wondering about design considerations for an intelligent aquatic species that wants to travel into space. Would they have to try and create special body suits to keep moistur...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by bowlturner‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by bowlturner‭

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Q&A How long would recognizable ruins last in a world that's being purposely overheated?

First the situation, then the question. Here's the situation: An Earth-like planet had a civilization similar to ours, but when it emitted its first radio signals, a nearby alien observation post ...

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

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Q&A Gas Giant Station Design

What would, roughly, a scientific research station look like on a gas giant? Use Saturn as a baseline. The station would float because of a "balloon" carrying nothing. Vacuum is the lifting "gas", ...

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

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Q&A Buildings out of living tissue?

I would like to make something interesting about a culture of mine in one of my story proposals. I was thinking something along the lines of using living tissue for construction. Hard hides would c...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by QuiquÈ…‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by QuiquÈ…‭

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Q&A Could a historic society live on another world?

It is 1970. Planet Earth is uninhabitable - the Cold War got very hot. The Earth's entire population is floating through space in giant transport ships. They've found another habitable(ish) world....

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Architecture of richest person's house on the moon

Background Several hundred years from now, humans have successfully terraformed the Moon. It has become a fad for the rich and powerful to have exotic residences built in exotic locations. The ri...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jim2B‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Jim2B‭

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