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Population centers can not be left to grow till the surface of the planet is one big city. Where will the food be grown? What will maintain the ecosystem? The best thing to come from large dense living spaces is that it will allow the planet to live again to its fullest.
What follows here are a few of the "simpeler" methods of
Megastructures, or megacities are one possible solution to the problem of space and time in our cities is the megastructure. Essentially a city in one vast, continuous building, the megastructure would encompass dwellings, stores, service facilities, offices and recreation centers within one concentrated urban structure. Everything would be within walking or easy driving distance, including the count @ side, which would surround the city, not be broken into fragments within it. This concentration would provide a richer, more diverse life than that of suburbia, while preserving the countryside from suburban sprawl. In addition, it would reduce the size of today's metropolis to the more workable, cohesive political unit of under 50,000 population that environmental planners suggest. The plan for one such magastructure is shown here, a "contour-rise" urban core designed for the Santa Monica mountains of southern California by Cesar Pelli and A. J. Lumsden, Director of Design, Daniel, Mann, johnson and Mendenhall.
Underground Cites, are amoung the most complex terestrial solutions. They require the building of large subterainian complexes in which huge numbers of people must live. Fraught with many difficulties of supply like fresh air and water, light, diurnal cycles, food production and many more mundane necesseties and infrastructure needs. Living underground does free up the surface of the planet, which can be permited to return to a natural state. Imagine living under a rain forest or any natural landscape, were after a short elevator ride you find yourself "the wild." There may be a few light gathering towers and ofcource the small building where the elevator reaches the surface.
Floating Cites is not that far fetched an idea. It's no more imposible than floating a boat, it's just bigger. It al comes down to bouyancy, if the city weighs less than the air it displaces it will flot. we've all seen things flot and a city dosen't weigh all that much
Space Stations, are most likely going to be far too small for good numbers of people to live in
Far more practicle is this sort of spining space city
Ring Cities, are huge habitats built around a planet, they form a ring they ring the planet. they many times will start from several space stations in geostationary orbit. Later goined together as they encircle a planet access to the ring the ring will be physicaly conected to the planet at a number of "elevator sites" where people can board an evelvator from the planet to the ring city. the picture to the left is of a secment of a ring city, while the picture to the right is of a terrestrial elevator station
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2005 December 28