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Shimizu continues to introduce our vision for the future. We tackle new technological challenges and present wide-ranging proposals for the benefit of up-coming generations.
A shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The LUNA RING, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as our lives. Shimizu Corporation proposes The LUNA RING for the infinite coexistence of mankind and the Earth.
We live remarkably convenient lives in cities that have developed along economic lines. But happiness should be measured separately from material wealth. Contact with Nature. Time passed leisurely in cultural pursuits. Healthy and comfortable living. And blending into and living and growing harmoniously with Nature as part of the ecosystem. We can make a city, like a single plant, that embodies these principles. Our model of a new environmental city was born from these aspirations.
TRY 2004 is a conceptual "city in the air" designed to make the most of nature's blessings, including wind and sunlight, and to serve as a home and workplace for about one million people. A megatruss structure, which also serves as a platform for infrastructure facilities, makes it possible to create a huge, livable pyramid city measuring 2,000 meters high. The basic structure—an assembly of regular octahedral units composed of shafts made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber—is designed to meet the needs of residents and the surrounding environment at the same time. The megatruss construction method allows flexible, unrestricted structural arrangement of the facilities, eliminating the need to build massive foundations. The city's basic construction units, each measuring 350 meters per side, contain office buildings, residential complexes, and other facilities, held aloft by structures that provide support from all directions. With each unit capable of enclosing an entire 100-story building, TRY 2004 represents a project of unprecedented scale and proportion.
Inter Cell City refers to a concept city proposed by Shimizu for the International Competition for Sustainable Urban System Design. Entries for this competition were required to incorporate measures that address the following three areas related to energy efficiency and urban systems for 21st-century society. 1. 1. Proposal for a sustainable urban system that can be self-sustained for more than 100 years 2. 2. A concrete proposal for an energy system capable of supporting a city infrastructure 3. 3. Proposal of a subject city which must be an existing city with a population exceeding 100,000, and proposal for its transformation into a sustainable city over a period of 100 years To tackle this colossal project, Shimizu organized a team consisting of employees with a wide range of expertise and invited Takao Kashiwagi, professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and Naomichi Kurata, professor at Kogakuin University, to join as advisers on energy issues and urban planning issues, respectively. For three years, the team members combined their expertise and knowledge to push this project forward, setting aside all commercial aspects of the enterprise.
From the ancient age Space inspires our interest and enthusiasm. Astronauts' anecdotes and documentary films provide us opportunities to become familiar with space. If low-cost fully reusable space vehicle is successfully developed, space tourism will be a viable market. Shimizu Corporation proposes the Space Hotel to support the development of this promising business opportunity.
In advanced space programs, lunar bases will be recognized as one of the important components of space infrastructure. Lunar bases will be constructed using applied terrestrial technologies. Shimizu Corporation has been accumulating technological skills over 200 years and is now facing the challenge of applying them to the new frontier of the moon, while continuing R&D on structures, materials, construction systems, and design of lunar bases.
Tokyo has transformed itself from simply the capital of Japan into a true cosmopolitan city. For the next stage of its development, Tokyo must meet growing demand for efficient, orderly systems, develop its urban spaces, and evolve into an advanced information city. Targeting the systematic, improved coexistence between above-ground and underground areas by taking advantage of unused underground spaces, the Urban Geo-Grid Plan was formulated to effect gradual development without impairing existing urban functions. This plan simulates the systematic development of city functions in underground spaces to resolve problems associated with congestion in above-ground
Desert Aqua-Net Plan
Creating Lakes in the Desert: A Proposal for Creating a Network of Canals and Exploring New Ways to Inhabit Our Planet
The Desert Aqua-Net Plan is a concept for making use of the desert, which currently accounts for some one-third of the Earth's total land area. According to this idea, multiple manmade lakes will be created in depressed areas of deserts, after which artificial islands will be built on the lakes. Filled with seawater introduced through canals, the lakes will then be connected to form a water network. By creating waterways in the desert and transforming arid and semiarid areas into inhabitable land, this plan (which is still in the simulation stage) ultimately seeks to build cities on manmade islands that have been formed on seawater lakes.
[edit on 3-6-2010 by InvisibleObserver]
[edit on 3-6-2010 by InvisibleObserver]
to my understanding(don't take my word for it)microwaves being sent back to earth can be reconverted back into electrical power
Shimizu Corporation (清水建設株式会社 Shimizu Kensetsu Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 1803) is a leading architectural, engineering and general contracting firm, offering an integrated, comprehensive planning, design and build solutions for a broad range of construction and engineering projects worldwide. It has annual sales of approximately US $14 billion and has been widely recognized as one of the top 5 contractors in Japan and among the top 20 in the world.