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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Asgard is the Führerbunker, how to make it inaccessible to mortals? [on hold]

That's true, the place where the gods live is a 1:1 replica of the Führerbunker. It served us well when that lunatic, who used his family's ashes as body painting, tried to kill all of us. Regardless, ...
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What kinds of buildings would a race of sightless humanoids design?

If a race evolved in underground caverns, and had no eyes or vision whatsoever, how would they design buildings and cities for navigation via touch? They have technology for tunneling through and ...
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What would be the condition of a wood cottage that has been abandoned for ~20 years?

Suppose a two-storey timber cottage has been left unoccupied for 15 to 20 years. The entire structure is wooden, including all beams and supports, with a rammed earth foundation. It's situated within ...
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Justification for predominantly late-medieval style buildings in a modern world

So, my setting operates with some futuristic tech, which turned out to be pretty lame (especially nanomachines, they're just fancy pants medicine). Therefore, to spice things up, I encased it in a ...
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How NOT to Turn Volkshalle Into a Rain Factory

This is a model of Volkshalle, the People's Dome, part of a vision of "Germania" by Adolf Hitler. But the tides of war had washed Germania away, yet this and other architectural plans by Albert Speer ...
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How would a civilization that evolved with access to buoyant building materials approach modern architecture? [closed]

In this world, there exists a type of material that has mass, but is incredibly buoyant in atmosphere. 1 kg of this material attached to 1 kg of any other material will be neutrally buoyant at sea ...
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How large would a circular wall need to be to appear straight?

How large (in terms of height and radius) would an outdoor circular wall (like a city wall on a colossal scale) need to be before a casual observer would perceive the wall as "straight"? I found "...
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How could Dwarves prevent sand from filling up their settlements

The Dwarves of Zanzibar (no, not the real place I just liked the name) have long lived within the Great Red Desert among its mountains and arid plains. But I've noticed one issue with burrowing in ...
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What is the minimum practical size for buildings heated by small nuclear reactor?

In the book Early Riser by Jasper Fforde, humans hibernate in large dormitories. These circular buildings range in size from 20 to 60 floors, with around two dozen rooms per floor. While the residents ...
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Having a Castle before they are invented?

Amid a Sword and Sandal era, my protagonist comes from an ancient and powerful family who has lived in a castle for many generations. The problem is that castles shouldn't exist yet, at least not for ...
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What materials would I use to build an underwater city?

I'm currently trying to set up an underwater race in my world—merpeople if you will—and I'm trying to figure out how their city would look. I'm basing their religion and lifestyle on native ...
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Plausibility of Mushroom Buildings

How plausible would buildings made inside of, or made using, giant mushrooms be? Copyright Raphael Lacoste 2018 A staple of the fantasy genre, mushrooms have commonly been seen as magical and ...
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Are mobile cities justifiable in sci-fi settings?

Mobile cities are a common sci-fi setting. They are a staple ingredient in novels like "Mortal engine quartet" and "The inverted world" Plot set aside, what justifies mobile cities on land? Giant ...
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What are the architectural considerations when an underwater species builds a city?

I've got a species that lives in the Southern Ocean along the Antarctic coast, and they are basically a sentient crossbreed of Orca whales and elephant seals. They are omnivores, have opposeable ...
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Possible Ideas For Microgravity Apartments? [closed]

In my world Deimos is a thriving port city in which numerous people live. The most inhabited and built up area is the Central Hub, a large cylinder about a football field (either kind) in diameter, ...
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How effective is a defensive wall without a wall walk?

I see a lot of historical and fictional illustrations of walls that do not have wall walks. My understanding of medieval tactics is largely based on cinema and some wikipedia, so as far as I know a ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges? [closed]

I’ve got a fantasy world in which the landmass is essentially a large series of archipelagos and island chains. For a real world comparison, think the Hawaiian islands in range of size and distance ...
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Can the soldiers upon this wall successfully withstand this enemy army? [closed]

Edit 7 I'm looking at walls and armies lately and was wondering how to have them built/organized for a fantasy setting. The wall is like the Great wall of China It has influential and powerful magic ...
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How can I use magic to connect a series of pyramids thousands of miles apart?

This setting takes place in a time equivalent to the ancient world. My kingdom needs an unlimited energy source that doesn't run out and cheap to manufacture. To do this, I have captured a Golden ...
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Feasibility of having a lion trap door pit?

You are an Evil Overlord, who rules a nation as the top of its oligarchy. You rule your commanders with absolute control. They are treated nicely, but if they get to rowdy, they are called into your ‘...
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How would you redesign and revamp the city transit system? [closed]

Suppose we have a very crowded city. 118.29 sq mile and population 7.001 million. Now the government made you the prime architect of the city and have to solve the extreme traffic jam problem. We ...
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What would a city that houses humanoids, centaurs, and merfolk look like?

In the world I'm currently working on, there are several species of sentient creatures: humans, elves, dwarves, merfolk, centaurs, and avians (winged humanoids). I need to figure out how I could have ...
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Circular cities [closed]

Why aren't cities developed in circular area? Just as the grid system of city planning circular system can also be opted. What will be the pros and cons of circular cities? (Assume the terrain to ...
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What do you make bricks out of in the rainforest?

Problem statement There exists a thriving Bronze Age civilization in a gigantic rainforest, bigger than the Amazon and Congo put together. This civilization is built in on the flood plains of a might ...
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Shatoum: The Granite Citadel

I have a location in my story, the design of which needs a reality check. City Description: As my ship cut across the waves a blurred grey smudge appeared in the distance, as the hours passed it ...
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What would aliens use as raw materials? [closed]

I just realized that on earth many natural resources used for building throughout history could be considered unique to earth, materials such as bone and wood are products of terrestrial evolution and ...
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How would one attack or lay siege to a flying castle?

So we already know that flying creatures are good at attacking castles. But what about a flying castle attacked by ground creatures? Let's say we have ourselves a medium-sized castle built on a ...
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Building a Medieval/Victorian world. How should the architecture and culture be seen or visualized? [closed]

I'm thinking this new world should have Medieval tech, but with Victorian/Gothic architecture. I want to know a little about how a kingdom's capital might look and how the culture may be affected. ...
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What would architecture and cities be like in a world were everyone was shrunk to the size of a mouse?

I have been thinking about a world were everyone is shrunk to the size of a mouse, or at least the size big enough to ride a mouse, and I was wondering what are your ideas about what cities and ...
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What would the buildings in a city on a marsh be made of?

In my world there is a city built on a mighty river just as said river opens up into a marsh as it hits the sea. The river is quite wide and deep and when it reaches the city has already crossed a ...
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Moving between levels in a gigantic tower-world?

In my sci-fi setting, people live in a gigantic metallic tower. For the sake of simplicity, let's say that each floor, or level, is a circle of around 200 km radius. Levels can be either empty, full ...
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How Would The Listed Towers Be Described? [closed]

In some foreseeable future, we have had transdimensional historians studying alternate Earths with multiple different points of departure, sometimes within the same Earth. In one of them, the Black ...
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How would the color of sand affect the color of glass?

So, I know that there are naturally occurring beaches that are various 'odd' colors like pink, black, green, and orange and I was wondering if the color of this sand would have any effects on the ...
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What would cities look like if humans all had the ability to fly? [closed]

Let's assume humans could just fly, no wings. Regarding infrastructure in cities (large and small), what would be different. A couple of thoughts I had. Roads would only be used for transporting ...
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Building structures underwater: What could a giant crab do?

Okay, so I was working on making a sapient creature that lives underwater ended up with what was basically a two-hundred pound crab. They have human level language skills, and I decided to justify ...
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What type of city-structure can survive a shield volcano?

So I have a continent by the name of Sho. It is highly inspired by Asia, but will have a few mixes in the fray to give it my own touch. There is a specific people that live near a shield volcano. I'...
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Cities in a world with rapid winds and denser atmosphere?

I am looking for information on how the trees and the flora would be in a world with a denser atmosphere and stronger winds. I have read that due to the greater kinetic movement of the wind, that in ...
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What are plausible explanations for different regions having homogeneous styles within their borders in a relatively free society?

In my mind, I'm picturing different human controlled regions throughout the Milky Way (maybe entire planets, continents on different planets, cities, et cetera). So the differing human nations would ...
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How large and heavy would an arcology have to be?

I am trying to work out the size and (because this is among other things for populating a rotating habitat) weight of an arcology made to house, say, 5000 people - that seems a good number for a self-...
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Is it viable to build a city with a circle based architecture?

I know it may be impractical, but I have a culture who needs to build round structures for religious purposes. I just wanted to know if it's feasible or if there are any deterrent factors or major ...
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Artificial sky and sun for underground and remote colonies

I has this idea for quite a while. I searched for information on the internet but I could see no reference. All searches gave results on the same idea but the effect was not what I'm looking for. The ...
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Could a plant grow on a building taller than mount Everest?

I was wondering if it was possible to potentially grow a plant on a building taller than mount Everest. I mean on as in bottom to top with grass or some other plant. Would the grass run out of oxygen ...
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Could a supertall building have been built in the 18th century?

Supertall buildings are buildings that reach between 300 and 600 m tall. My question is regarding the possibility of constructing such a building with a level of development and understanding limited ...
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Geographically, how large would a very populous city during the 16th century be?

A rich nation, constantly embroiled in warfare and more often than not being invaded, has built, about a couple decades ago, a grand city over the old capital. It houses a very large population of ...
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Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check: Lothlorien

I need to bring something up before continuing on with another question. This is Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check, which means whether or not the architecture that Tolkien described and ...
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Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check: Dwarvish Kingdoms

Having escaped Isengard and left Rivendell, we are off to destroy the Ring. Our first stop--Khazad-dum, known contemporarily as "Moria". Being a Dwarvish kingdom, the problems I see with Moria are ...
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Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check: Rivendell [closed]

Rivendell, or Imladris in its original Elvish tongue, is the realm of Elrond Half-Elven that was first described in The Hobbit and later expanded upon in The Lord of the Rings. To convey the elegance ...
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Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check: Orthanc

In what I hope to be the first episode of a series, I'm going to highlight each piece of Tolkien architecture and see whether or not it's practical enough to use in real life, starting with the ...
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Reasons for every floor of an office building needing a unique code to access that floor via the lift [closed]

In my story the protagonist has found them self on the bottom floor of a New York Office sky scraper and has to escape. For whatever reason they cannot exit via any means other than through the roof ...
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How much time would you have to build cities underground after a gamma ray burst?

So the situation, for those who aren’t familiar, is that Earth is in trouble. Again. A gamma ray burst from a dying star somewhere close by (a couple hundred to a couple thousand ly) has grazed or ...