Questions tagged [architecture]

For questions regarding the aesthetic elements of construction and design. It can apply to any historical period or complexity level, from earthen mounds to grand cathedrals.

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Optical telegraph that can be seen as far as 90 km. How?

You see, I have this world that has the same planetary characteristics as Earth, and the people of the Snoopish Empire are building an optical telegraph net. The only problem they have is that their ...
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How long would it take to build an underground city?

In my fantasy world, there is a race of ghouls. They are a knit-tit community, and while they built underground cities, including reforming abandoned mines as living places, they eventually kept ...
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Suitable chairs for hunched, digitigrade lizard people?

My humanoid lizardfolk are 6-7 foot tall digitigrades, some have a slightly hunched posture like Gollum/Smeagol. I'm wondering what kind of chairs that be suitable for these characteristics as well as ...
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How to make a centaur society and cities believable? [closed]

I'm doing quite a lot of worldbuilding these days, and as of right now, I want to make a centaur themed civilisation ; rather than having the classical centaurs living in the forest kind of centaurs, ...
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On the best arch types for underground cities [closed]

I am working on a civilization that often digs into mountains, and I am wondering what form of arch would work best to hold up all the mass from the mountain above the halls. I know many arch types ...
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Is it possible for a palace to be situated inside a mountain side?

In my novel, I was planning to have the palace/citadel type place located inside a mountain- so like a sort of cave type thing, but on a bigger scale. There would be decoration around the entrance of ...
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How would a community of people living in densely packed treehouses receive food to their treehouse?

In my novel, the characters live in treehouses that are practically piled on top of one another, so there is little room to climb down to pick up food, and it would be a challenge trying to take it ...
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What would need to change to make living comfortable in a world with limited cars?

My world is a futuristic soft sci fi with humans but not set on Earth (though planet is earthlike). In it, the world has been ravaged by a monster driven apocalypse multiple times. It has been 400 ...
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Could this city stand?

The Divine City is a truly massive piece of architecture in the shape of a cube It is over 2000km on each edge, and has 4 sturdy walls, a thick base, and a light roof It is densely populated, with ...
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Construction and architecture in a world with regular earthquakes?

I'm working on a fantasy story that takes place on a moon that orbits a gas giant, but is not tidally locked. I've worked through a lot of the other considerations of this already—the wider astronomy ...
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What kind of houses would giant creatures build?

I have a sapient alien species who weigh on average 4 tonnes and are on average 20 foot tall when standing completely upright. They resemble six-limbed giant sloths; they have an upper pair of arms ...
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Agriculture on a 15th century era Tidally locked Planet

What would humanity's most reliable method for food look like on a planet where the sun never sets, great winds raged across the land, and large-scale storms were commonplace? I'm curious if large-...
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What could feyfolk use for lighting?

In my setting diminutive races like fairies, gnomes, and gremlins exist and to handle of the cooler climates such as in Europe and protect themselves for their many predators many of them live ...
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How do I design a city to be habitable under a constant barrage of low-yield nukes?

In this setting, international treaties restrict the yield of legally usable nuclear weapons to under the equivalent of 1,000 metric tons of TNT (one kiloton). If an entity detonates nuclear warheads ...
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What is the point of introducing puzzles into tomb design if you don't want anyone to disturb whatever hidden?

My family comes from a long line of well known tomb designers and my spouse is a part time tomb raider, we really are a perfect match! I explained to my spouse that a tomb is a very sacred place for ...
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Urban and suburban architecture on a perpetually stormy planet

In a setting I'm working on, a raised megacity the size of Switzerland (roughly 300,000 square kilometres) serves as the last refuge of humanity on a planet entirely covered by a global ocean. An ...
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What shape most efficiently disperses an overpressure wave from a nuclear weapon?

One rule of architectural design in one of my settings is the prime number rule: a building that abides by this rule can survive a 2-kiloton nuclear surface burst 300 meters away 5 times in a row ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages posed by the structure of an anti-nuclear hemispherical housing installation?

I'm writing a story in Generic Dystopian Regime™. One character lives in a housing block. This housing block is shaped like an upside-down (i.e. the flat part is facing upwards) hemisphere; while it ...
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How did King Ozymandias's statue crumble?

I was thinking about Ozymandias, and it struck me as a little weird that the head of the statue fell so close to the legs while the rest of the statue seemingly disintegrated into sand. Thinking a bit ...
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Restoring or recycling in a post-apocalyptic setting?

I have been wondering what would be more practical in a post apocalyptic setting, trying to restore the ruins of old (like refurbishing what can be restored and rebuilding over what cannot be and ...
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What are the requirements for a scenario like the one depicted here? (supertall skyscrapers)

I have been very appreciative of the Netflix series Altered Carbon especially thanks to scenes such as those taking place in the location called Aerium. For those who aren't in the know, the Aerium ...
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How feasible/widespread would arcology/underground structures be on an highly tectonic world?

It is pretty much guaranteed that my world would have very intense tectonic activity, plus it would be about 23% smaller than the earth and I have been wondering how that would influence the ...
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My sapient race has the ability to fly. How would this affect their basic architecture? [duplicate]

I’m writing a fairy-like humanoid race that have the ability of flight through biological/magical means. They are in their equivalent of an early medieval era and are the sole sapient species in their ...
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What kind of house would merfolk build?

In my fantasy setting there is a species of merfolk who live in the ocean. They have hands with human level of dexterity and can live completely underwater. I would want to ask a question about what ...
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Making a Functional Village out of Candy

The king of the gnomes is facing unprecedented levels of unrest across his lands! It is clear that it will take a grand gesture to regain the support of his people; so, he decides the best way to do ...
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Why would a modern city with a warm climate have a skyway system?

Skyway systems are predominately found in cities with cold climates, like the Minneapolis Skyway System: But why would a city with a warm climate have a skyway system when it is not necessary for ...
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Viability of underwater palace built by merfolk

In my fantasy setting there are merfolk who live deep under the ocean and neighboring human civilizations nearby based on iron age civilizations like the ancient greeks and phoenicians. I would want ...
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Underground Cities

Assuming ancient levels of technology, perhaps 2500-1500 BC, how would one be able to make a underground city like that of Kaymaklı, while having it be able to be breathed in and, is possible, have a ...
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Passive Cooling Techniques for Apartment Buildings

Okay, so I'm building a world with an empire originally based out of an arid/semi-arid (Sahel type) ecoregion. As the empire expands, it will eventually shift its capital to a more temperate climate, ...
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In a 12-Pointed Star Wall, Which Shape Would the Inner Wall Be for Maximum Defense?

In this generic scenario, there is a settlement protected by both an inner and outer walls. The inner wall protects an area of 72 hectares. Both walls are 40 feet tall and thick and made of brick. ...
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Statically Charged Sand Castles

So I read an article on the sand on Titan and its static properties. To sum up the article the gravity and atmosphere there make it so the triboelectric effect isn't overwhelming like it is on Earth, ...
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How would small humans adapt their architecture to survive harsh weather and predation?

These humans would be 10x smaller than us, around 16-18cm tall, just divide by ten on our current heights. If we're small, that would mean animals are 10x bigger than normal. Keep in mind that puddles ...
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Anti-magic prison in an iceberg

This is in the context of D&D 5e. Although this could be more suited for that SE, I figured the magical engineers on here would be best suited to tackle this question. In my homebrew world, up in ...
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Dungeons for Real: 1. The Bottomless Pit

The bottomless pit A multi-billionaire has decided to build a dungeon for real as a commercial venture. This is not your reasonably-convincing or VR version. It is a full-blown, full-sized dungeon ...
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How to design a secure private estate that can be stealthily infiltrated and exfiltrated? [closed]

I am trying to design a present day environment which is semi-realistically secure but at the same time has some realistic weaknesses that can be exploited. The aim is for this weakness(es) to allow a ...
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How can a monster infested dungeon keep out hazardous gases?

There is a newly discovered dungeon believed to be made up of a series of interconnected tunnels and caverns that runs deep beneath the ground, the place is thriving with all kind of terrifying ...
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How would airbubbles/moonpools be achieved in a deepwater marine mammal civilisation?

I am developing an ocean world for a story involving marine mammals, and the biggest issue I cannot settle on is whether to have deep or shallow civilisations. The main concern is that their ...
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How would merfolk insulate an underwater house?

If you tried to insulate your underwater home, making it water tight... wouldn't you suffocate yourself? Water does get stale, and run low on oxygen, creating a dead-zone, so wouldn't you want some ...
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What architectural tricks can I use to add a hidden floor to a building?

The Illuminati, Men In Black, NWO, Lizard people and various other secret organisations exist in my world, and for some reason (probably related to plot) they all favour having ‘hidden’ floors in ...
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Feasibility of a goat tower in the middle ages?

From Wikipedia. "A goat tower is a multi-story decorative goat house, modeled on a European garden folly, an early example of which was built in Portugal in the 19th century. The first goat ...
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Would it be possible for a self healing castle to work/function with the "healing" bacteria used in concrete roads?

This idea is mainly based around the self-healing concrete idea that has appeared in the past and scientific posts have been made about the self healing concrete using bacteria to self heal cracks. ...
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Why do the mountain people make roughly spherical houses?

In the mountains they build things strangely. Their houses are made of interconnected hollow spheres. Although I really like the aesthetic, I can't figure out why they do so. In theory, a hollow ...
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How could a civilization survive a continent splitting cataclysm? [closed]

Say the lost continent of Lemuria was real, and was home to an ancient sophisticated civilization that like the Atlanteans, dabbled in high technologies and forbidden magicks. Due to their fatal ...
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What are the architectural/design/etc implications of earthquakes on a snowball planet?

Thick, kilometer-wide ice sheets cover the vast majority of this planet. Snow is comparatively limited, because there are limited places where anything actually melts and re-enters the water cycle. ...
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Creating a Colosseum to hold sports events with good viewer experience and maximum efficiency using up to 16 century tech

The background is simple. An emperor wants to create a more splendid colosseum than the one they have but tasks the engineers making it with the following: The court or field is about a 100 by 65 ...
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What would the layout/rooms be like in an African style royal palace? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel with one of the main characters being part of the royal family of an African-style country. I'd like to describe their palace, as well as its various rooms (not just what ...
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Fairy architecture

How and with what would fairies build their houses? They need them because of the ridiculous number and variety of predators targeting them and the unforgiving weather. However, I don’t know with what ...
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How would an efficient University look like in the future?

The setting: About 150 years from now. Brain Computer Interface (BCI) has completely changed society. Seamless integration with computers and AI makes enhanced people capable of complex, parallel ...
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How realistic is it to have building blueprints?

In fictional media that revolves around police, SWAT, or agents from some three-letter-agency, it's common that before they go somewhere, they have their tech-genius go though some database and ...
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How do you build an underground city that "cuts through" a mountain range?

Let's say I have a mountain range similar to the Andes but with no easy passes, hence forcing everyone to circle around it (for hundreds or even thousands of miles) in order to get to the other side. ...
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