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Creation of Arcology at Scale With these two ideas, we are talking about arcology at scale. In its ultimate form, this is a self-supporting system consisting of buildings, transport, people, utilities and services. While we often think of an arcology as a single structure, and nothing says you couldn’t build a massive structure much like a castle or fort (and will build space stations and Mars outposts), the underlying concept is one of a self-sustainable entity where people live and work far more safely, happily and efficiently than in a traditional city. The best approach would likely be a largely clean slate concept based on the technologies we have today and anticipating those of tomorrow so that it wasn’t obsolete at completion. You see, one of the huge problems with building something at this massive scale is that in the time it takes to complete the city, much of what was built into it will become obsolete. This suggests a massive move to modular designs and the avoidance of mistakes made by traditional cities like utilities that are cheaply buried and not provisioned for economical upgrades.
originally posted by: ATruGod
Is it a closed City, in the sense do You have to specifically contribute?
Is there a cost to get in ie only upper class Society (cause of cost)?
So many other questions. Money, Politics, Religion...
originally posted by: sdcigarpig
a reply to: CharlesT
Actually if done right, then water is not an issue. Yes the Colorado is drying up, however, there are ways of getting water from the air if done right, the technology is there, and some of it is old, and the concept is sound. Use the natural environment to where the air is moved into a cooler area, it causes condensation and drips into a storage area, combined with ways to collect from when it rains, and using a means to hold and store water, then to recycle, like a grey water system to recycle for such purposes.
Bill Gates will create a fantasy utopia City of Tomorrow in Arizona
originally posted by: CharlesT
In the Arizona desert? Where will they get their water? The drying up Colorado river? It doesn't even reach the sea any more now. Right, build a self sustaining city in the desert. That makes sense.