Design for a vertical city in the Sahara desert


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#2

OXO makes scrub brushes and arcologies?


#3

And stock cubes.


#4

Looking at the “section” view, it seems it also has an orca in the basement.


#5

It’s a lot of pretty pictures, but if California can’t meet its own water needs how exactly is a city built in the middle of the world’s biggest desert going to get water? I would RTFA, but je ne parlez pas Francais.


#6

Maybe they will eschew water bottling plants and wine making.


#7

The google translate did not find anything mentioning water supply. My guess is a combination of seashore desalination plant and a long pipeline, with closed-cycle of water in the building. Same as it works on the space station, just bigger.


#8

At the top right of the page, you’ll see two square buttons. One says “FR” and the other “EN”. Guess what happens if you press that second button?


#9

Free Enchiladas!


#10

A CException and a stack trace?


#11

I refuse to believe my computer system is working better than yours, based on other highly-expert answers you’ve given on this site.


#12

Nah, just the enchiladas. Whose fault is it if you don’t choose “free”?


#13

…it works from anonymous window. I broke something cookie-wise by first running a machine translation and THEN clicking the “EN” button.

Both our systems work well, it’s theirs that made resource tradeoffs between appearance and error handling.


#14

The website appears to be largely devoid of factual details, but they make an oblique reference to a “water basin” which might be a natural water source at that particular location. Which would mean they would be building on an oasis.


#15

I have a pretty good idea, but instead I’ll just press the “Reply” button and admit I’m an idiot. And pay for my enchiladas.


#16

I hate these stupid arhitectural concept buildings that have absolutely no consideration for anything other than looking futuristic. No concessions for any of the immense engineering challenges at all.


#17

Yep, agreed.

Fer starters: it’s likely that they’ll have to dig down about 150m to set the pillars onto bedrock.

Besides, why not install a bunch of shadow-casting heat sink fins that will help with cooling?
And…what surrounding city will logistically and financially support that building?


#18

They have ways of storing water, it’s the sand worms you have to worry about.


#19

A great destination for cars that drive themselves.


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