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On Arcologies

SimCity 2000

Ok, so it's been far, far too long since I posted anything -- and yet I continue to pay for hosting, so it's time I wrote something again. There's an article about an architect planning on building a building based upon the shaped of a dragonfly wing here. From the article, the building would feature urban farming:

Imagine stepping out of your highrise apartment into a sunny, plant-lined corridor, biting into an apple grown in the orchard on the fourth floor as you bid "good morning" to the farmer off to milk his cows on the fifth.

You take the lift to your office, passing the rice paddy and one of the many gardens housed in the glass edifice that not only heats and cools itself, but also captures rainwater and recirculates domestic waste as plant food.

Honestly, I love the idea of a quasi-self-sufficient building, I just loathe the climate change fearmongering that accompanies it. Whenever I hear words like "plight" I just instinctively flinch. Still, it's an awesome idea, but it seems very, very grandiose. The architect wants the wings of the building to trap heat, and reuse organic waste as fertilizer, etc. -- just grow some onions on a terrace and call it a success.

To me, the most exciting prospect would likely the idea of living and working in the same place, assuming the building was large enough. The idea of giving up a commute to work would be very appealing.

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