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An Actual, Real Life Walking City

Walking City, Very Large Structure By Manuel Domínguez

I first ran across this idea in the brilliant book The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, which along with The Fractal Prince are some of the best sci fi books i’ve ever read, so you should totally go check them out.

We are not here today however to discuss alternative realities, we are here to discuss actual potentials for this reality. The significant potential in this case being a city that actually walks.

British architect Ron Herron in 1964 first seriously proposed the moving city concept. In an article in avant-garde architecture journal Archigram, Ron Herron proposed building massive mobilerobotic structures, with their own intelligence, that could freely roam the world, moving to wherever their resources or manufacturing abilities were needed. Various walking cities could interconnect with each other to form larger ‘walking metropolises’ when needed, and then disperse when their concentrated power was no longer necessary. Individual buildings or structures could also be mobile, moving wherever their owner wanted or needs dictated. Early precursors to this include Hell On Wheels the  mobile town of support personnel, restaurants, saloons, and various recreation facilities (laundry, gambling, dance halls, etc.) followed the railroad during the building of the U.S. transcontinental railroad. More modern examples include cruise ships.

However, Manuel Dominguez, Spanish architect, proposes an actual walking city.

Walking City, Very Large Structure By Manuel Domínguez

Manuel Dominguez’s “Very Large Structure,”  is the result of his thesis project at ETSA Madrid, and proposes a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant.

Walking City, Very Large Structure By Manuel Domínguez

Dominguez looked to the world of heavy engineering to inspire the structure’s colossal steel frame and caterpillar tracks.Very Large Structure, despite its enormous size, has much less of an impact on its surrounding ecosystem. Its mobility is proposed as a way to encourage reforestation of the static cities which it replaces, and part of its day-to-day function is the management of this environment. The specific social conditions of the Spanish territory it is designed for also add to its relevance: it provides work for the high number of unemployed citizens in Spain. Dominguez even incorporates on-board energy generation.

Walking City, Very Large Structure By Manuel Domínguez

With a length of 560 metres, the city would be made up of three levels. Three levels would house an array of functions necessary for the city to function and accommodate a large nomadic population. The lowest would function as a warehouse and construction area, while the middle would accommodate mechanical functions such as waste disposal and air conditioning, and the top story would be used as a living deck where new architectural structures can be tested.

Walking City, Very Large Structure By Manuel Domínguez

The structure is based on a giant gantry crane. A total of 36 oversized crawlers would allow it to move, propelled by the kinds of electric engines used in large sea vessels. Despite its size, the city would strive to reduce its impact on its surroundings – the area left behind by the city would be reforested.

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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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John Lautner’s Atompunk Houses

Well kids, i’m off on a plane tomorrow to London to record the singers for The New Albion Guide To Analogue Consciousness, An Atompunk Opera, the final in the New Albion trilogy.

One of the hardest parts of this opera was figuring out what to fit in and what to leave out so that the thing doesn’t become overly long. As such i’ll tell you now, there may be a few questions you have at the end. I believe just about everything you need to know is in there (as usual i will provide lyrics) or easy enough to extrapolate, (and there’s no surreal 4th wall breaking this time) but i’m always happy to answer any questions since a couple points do require a hair of extrapolation. (There is a hidden plot point, but a crafty listener will catch where it is and figure out how to unlock it) I want to make clear, there is nothing in there that’s “up to you” in the sense that i don’t have an answer. I have answers to everything. If you ever want to know, just ask. (although obviously not until all 4 acts are released)

Let’s then take a post to show you the incredible space age architecture of John Lautner.

John Lautner (1911-1994) is a giant in architecture, and created numerous famous houses in southern California.

He was born in Michigan and at age 22 joined a Frank Lloyd Wright apprenticeship program. “I soon realized that i had little interest in formal drafting and avoided the Taliesin drafting room, preferring daily duties of “carpenter, plumber, farmer, cook and dishwasher, that is an apprentice, which I still believe is the real way to learn”

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John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

John Lautner Atompunk space age architecture

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Dude Builds Uber Awesome Dome House In 6 Weeks.

The dude in question is Steve Areen and the man behind it was his friend Hajjar Gibran, who has a dome building company you can check out here.

The following is build over 6 weeks for $9,000 in Thailand.

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Arcology: City In A Building

There are visionaries right this very minute coming up with buildings designed to house anywhere from tens of thousands of people to, well, entire cities. That is quite interesting. Today let us look at some of these.

All these buildings operate according to the science of arcology, the combination of architecture and ecology. Arcology was first coined by architect Paolo Soleri.

Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid:

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arcology, city in a building

arcology, city in a building

arcology, city in a building

arcology, city in a building

Crystal Island:

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Crystal Island is a building project in Moscow, Russia that is planned to have around 2,500,000 square meters (27,000,000 square feet) of floor space and a height of 450 metres (1,476 ft) designed by Norman Foster.

The tent-like superstructure would rise to 450 m, and form a breathable “second skin” and thermal buffer for the main building, shielding the interior spaces from Moscow’s weather. This second skin will be sealed in winter to minimize heat loss, and opened in the summer to naturally cool the interior. The building would be integrated into a new park, which would provide a range of activities throughout the year, with cross country skiing and ice skating in the winter. It is stated to have a multitude of cultural, exhibition, performance, hotel, apartment, retail and office space, as well as an international school for 500 students. The building would be powered by built-in solar panels and wind turbines. The site would also feature on-site renewable and low-carbon energy generation.

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crystal island, arcology, city in a building

crystal island, arcology, city in a building

crystal island, arcology, city in a building

crystal island, arcology, city in a building

Dubai Ziggurat:

Dubai Ziggurat arcology city in a building

The structure called Ziggurat will house nearly one million people and will be self-sustainable with all natural-energy sources. Like the pyramids of the Mayans and Egyptians, this new structure in Dubai is a giant; it will cover 2.3 square kilometers (0.88 square miles) and will be able to sustain a community of up to one million people. The “Ziggurat” is named after the temple towers of the ancientMesopotamian valley, a terraced pyramid structure with successively receding stories. It will be a carbon-neutral structure. [1]

According to the International Institute for the Urban Environment, the technologies incorporated into the Ziggurat project will make it a viable metropolis. Timelinks has already patented the design and technology used in this project. The building is green and is to be powered by solar, wind and natural sources and is capable of running completely off the grid, according to Timelinks, a Dubai-based pioneering environmental design company who is in charge of this building. The building also boasts an efficient public transportation system that will run horizontally and vertically

Dubai Ziggurat arcology city in a building

Dubai Ziggurat arcology city in a building

Dubai Ziggurat arcology city in a building

The Ultima Tower:

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The Ultima Tower is a hypothetical supertall skyscraper, designed by American architect Eugene Tsui in 1991. With a total height of 3,218.7 meters (10,560 ft), the tower would be 2 miles tall, and comprise 500 stories if built. The proposed tower would have a diameter at the base of 1,828.8 meters (6,000 ft), and comprise 1,500,000,000 square feet (140,000,000 m2) of interior floor space. Tsui proposed that the tower would be home to 1 million people, and would cost an estimated US$150 billion. The tower would use the atmospheric pressure difference between the bottom and the top of the tower to create electricity throughout the tower The building is intended to handle problems with overpopulation and to create a “mini-ecosystem” for its inhabitants.

Ultima Tower, city in a building

Ultima Tower, city in a building

Dubai City Tower:

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The Dubai City Tower, also known as the Dubai Vertical City, is a proposed skyscraper design announced on 25 August 2008. The building, created by an architect to display possibly future technologies, is the third tallest building ever fully envisioned after the X-Seed 4000 (4000m) and the Ultima Tower (3217m). If ever constructed, the Dubai City Tower will be much taller than any other current man-made structure, at almost three times the height of the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai City Tower would be almost seven times taller than the Empire State Building.

The design has 400 floors with a 200 km/h (125 mph) vertical bullet train acting as the main elevator. The design is inspired by the Eiffel Tower to better deal with the massive wind forces pushing on it. It has a central core with 6 outer buildings that are connected to the central core every 100 floors. This design both stabilizes the structure and spreads out its mass.

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The Bionic Tower:

Bionic Tower arcology city in a building

The Bionic Tower is a proposed vertical city, an extremely large building designed for human habitation designed by Spanish architects Eloy Celaya, Mª Rosa Cervera, and Javier Gómez. It would have a main tower 1,228 metres (4,029 ft) high, with 300 stories housing approximately 100,000 people. The bionic tower would be exactly 400 meters taller than the current tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The point of the Bionic Tower is to use Bionics to solve the world’s rising population problems in an eco-friendly way, an incredibly difficult feat to accomplish.

The Bionic Tower is composed of two complexes put together. The first complex, Bionic Tower, is made up of twelve vertical neighborhoods, each eighty meters high. The neighborhoods are separated by safety areas to make for easier construction and evacuation in case of an emergency. Each neighborhood has two groups of buildings, one on the interior of the building and one on the exterior. Both groups of buildings are situated around large gardens and pools. The second complex, called the Base Island, is 1,000 meters in diameter, and is made up of many buildings, gardens, pools, and communication infrastructures. Foreseen uses of these complexes include hotels, offices, residential, commerce, cultural, sports, and leisure.

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BoA (Boston Arcology Building):

BoA arcology city in a building

Highlights of the Boa:

  • It will be capable of housing 15,000 people distributed in hotels, offices, retail, museums, condominiums, and a new city hall.
  • The massing of Boa takes its cue from the built environment of Boston proper and as such exudes a rigorous geometric format. That format is further emphasized by the scaling of the golden rectangle whose proportions are: 1: 1.618.
  • Within this golden rectangle, Boa’s design alignments have a unique relationship with the Boston common.
    What appear to be random projections of massing are actually fashioned as a vertical construct of the “common.” These diagonals are held in check by a fixed border as if a rigid urban edge.
  • Because of its scale, Boa is positioned perpendicular to the waterfront, preserving view corridors and general development massing.
  • Sky gardens will be inserted into the three main towers every 30 floors. These sky gardens provide landscaped glass enclosed atria. In addition to their practical application of additional sunlit units, the “sky gardens” will create a sense of neighborhood presence and support a range of sustainable initiatives.
    Vertical commuting within Boa will be supported by a series of local and express transfer floors.
  • Boa is geared to an all pedestrian environment. Accordingly, only select horizontally based areas will be fitted with moving walkways and/or electric train carriers.
  • Boa is designed to expand the horizon of sustainability and will seek LEED certification.
  • Boa will eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure to create a carbon neutral entity. Some of these elements are secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, gray water treatment, solar array banding panels, and harbor based water turbines.
  • A massive park system platform (pedestrian only) will be more than double the current green space allocation for the waterfront of Boston.

Boa is a floating city within a city, and is technically feasible, with the method as follows:

The foundation of Boa is a series of poured concrete cells, which are combined to form a buoyant platform. The grid of these cells serves as the foundation for the rigid steel

BoA arcology city in a building

BoA arcology city in a building

Hope City, Ghana:

Hope City arcology city in a building

Hope City will host a cluster of buildings and facilities to serve as as an ICT Park. The cluster is expected to cover a total Gross Floor Area of approximately 1,200,000 sqm. It has been designed as a vertical city of towers linked together by bridges at different heights, with both public and private facilities. The cluster is composed of six towers: one tower of 270 m height (75 stories, the highest in Africa), two towers of 216 m height (60 stories) and three towers of 152 m height (42 stories). The towers will have a central space or Piazza on three levels and an inner garden.

Hope City arcology city in a building

Proposed building on the Huan River, Seoul, South Korea:

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Here are a series of drawings envisioning arcological buildings:

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And another awesome picture:

arcology city in a building

arcology city in a building

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Gonzo Folk Art Architecture: Phonehenge West

North of Los Angeles, in the mountains of Sierra Pelona, is an area called Acton. Acton was founded by gold miners during the gold rush of the 1800s and has a wild, rustic southwest feel.

On his 1.6 acre property Alan Kimble Fahey spent 30 years building a 200,000 square foot structure he called Phonehenge.

Phonehenge West

Alan was a phone company technician and most of the material was discarded telephone poles.

Phonehenge West

In 2011 the Los Angeles county enforcers showed up and informed him he had built this magnificent creation without a permit and ordered he tear it down.

Phonehenge West

He fought as best he could. Alas, he fought the law and the law won.

Phonehenge West

In 2012 they tore it down. He asked that they please not throw out all the material as it could be reused. They ignored him and drove it 53 tons of telephone poles out in numerous dump trunks and demolished them. It took them 3 weeks and Alan Fahey was ordered to pay for it.

Phonehenge West

He refused.

Phonehenge West

He was sentenced to 539 days in jail, for failure to pay for the demolition of his 30 year creation.

Phonehenge West

His appeal is pending.

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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Concrete House 3

Yes, our third and last concrete house, lest you think this is going to become the concrete house blog. And just fyi, i’m halfway done with the music for Act 2 of The Dieselpunk Opera, although i got slowed down because i actually had to write the lyrics for a section before i write it musically, which i know i said i almost never do, but this would be the “almost” part and anyway rules are made to be broken, especially your own.

But who care about such things? No, what’s important in life is concrete housing. I know it, you know it, so let’s not doddle further.

This is the Solo House in Chile, designed by Chile architecture firm Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Concrete House 2

Today’s concrete house is courteousy of Argentinian architects BAK Architects and is located in Mar Azul, Argentina.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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