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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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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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What should architecture of an Imperial capital be like in order to accommodate differing people of differing sizes?

Basing off my previous question, in what way should the architecture be like in order to accommodate the many sizes of people and animal-people, assuming that the smallest could be as small as a few ...
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How can I ensure my cities don't all look the same?

I'm trying to create more opportunities for roleplay in a setting where most civilized cities are along the coastline of a "new world." Most cities are fortress cities on the frontier that serves to ...
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Mermaid architecture

In most representations of mermaid cities, they either live in implausible magical palaces, or in some more or less elaborate cave systems. Assuming the only difference with our world is the presence ...
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How would an avian city be different from ours?

Imagine a city where the primary population is an avian race. Well assume for the sake of argument that these birdlike creatures have "hands" as well as wings which allows them to develop and use at ...
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What should centaur dwellings look like?

Centaurs are horse-human hybrids. Because they have human elements, we can assume that they have intelligence, culture, and a desire for a comfortable life. A stable that would be good enough for a ...
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Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape?

Ruins of many kinds are a staple of stories whether for games or tales of high adventure. My question is about the design process behind such structures: should one start with a city or building and ...
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How big were medieval cities?

My world includes a medieval city which contained a castle, a cathedral, university developed from a former monastery, a guild hall, a market place and number of houses and small farming families - ...
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How would the design of a habitable underground fortification differ to that of a castle?

As a follow up from riding flying creatures to attack castles, let's assume that the practice is now so prevalent that a standard castle is no longer defensible. How would the fundamental design of a ...
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Tallest building possible by the Roman Empire

In my world a Roman emperor (any emperor of any period of the Roman Empire for the purpose of this question) decides to create the tallest possible tower (measured from base to the highest floor ...
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What would infrastructure look like on Interstellar's “Miller's Planet”?

In short, Miller's Planet is described as a "potential habitable planet" with very massive tidal waves as tall as 4,000 feet. If for some reason, life began in this planet and is destined to ...
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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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Castle surrounded by lava

After watching first Shrek, I got interested in one detail: Can you build a castle which is surrounded by lava, using medieval technology? For scope of this question: Imagine ultimate wealthy king/...
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If one of the spatial dimensions wrapped around, how would architecture be different?

Following the same geometry as this question, how would architecture be different? To review, when go east or west 5 feet, you end up back where you started. Is there a way to make structures feel ...
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Can a city in a flood plain be maintained for centuries if it is built on stone blocks?

This question is part of a series that includes mosquito prevention and agriculture. The environment is a rain forest basin, similar in many ways to both the Amazon and the Congo. There is a mighty ...
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How long does it take to build a city? [closed]

Just a hypothetical question: What if a couple of architects, young, were able to draw up plans for a city the size of, say, Dallas TX (metroplex and surrounding vicinity). They are given full ...
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How can I build a door to repel a horde of zombies?

In The Walking Dead, the survivors have seen plenty a wall. From Woodsbury, to Wellington, to Alexandrea, they are all different and they all have their advantages. One issue that none of them have ...
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Architecture of the perfect zombie apocalypse refuge

Your mission, whether or not you choose to accept it, is to design the perfect refuge from the zombie apocalypse. Starting assumptions and constraints: The zombies will be slow (walking) zombies (...
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Killing off Indiana Jones

Watching Indiana Jones movies for some time got me wondering how you can effectively kill the explorers to your temple after a long time. How can I prevent explorers from stealing my artifacts for at ...
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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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How does one design a city meant for creatures of greatly varying sizes? [duplicate]

More specifically, given that you have to accommodate creatures that can be anything between 2 and 21 feet tall, and you want all these creatures to have accommodations such as inns or houses, and ...
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Is it practical to build dirt scrapers instead of skyscrapers?

Buildings are often build on the ground into the sky. Would it be conceivable if instead, we build down into the ground instead? We wouldn't have to worry about wind then. I think we could go farther ...
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What are some major architectural designs in spaceships for aquatic beings

Like this question I'm wondering about design considerations for an intelligent aquatic species that wants to travel into space. Would they have to try and create special body suits to keep moisture ...
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Signature of destruction - does tearing down a building leave noticeably different ruins to natural decline?

As a follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'll be asking two questions about signature destructive patterns, this is the first: How, if at all, ...
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What should dwellings look like for a winged humanoid?

We have asked about the homes of merfolk and centaurs, but what about winged humans? Winged humanoids are rarely seen in fantasy and when they are, they tend to live in clouds or giant trees. The very,...
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How does a species who cannot distinguish left from right build their cities?

Fran is on holidays to planet Earth. She is having difficulty coping with the local geometry. At this second Fran is thirsty. She can see a lemonade stand nearby. She knows a human would have no ...
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What is the minimum radius of a circular corridor for the walls to appear straight?

Where am I? It is so dark around here... Hopefully I have a torch. It looks like I am in a very long corridor. Time passes What? No this couldn't be! I walked straight in front of me during the whole ...
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If corners were illegal, where would the ghosts live?

Some societies in our current world have strong beliefs about ghosts and spirits. This affects their architecture, e.g. 6 Bizarre Ways Architecture Is Designed to Ward Off Ghosts By Christina ...
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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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The 10,000 year skyscraper

If someone wanted to construct a skyscraper (bigger being better) that would survive thousands of years without maintenance, what would they make it out of? It can be built from any plausible current/...
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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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A city of Sand…stone

Picture this...the sun sets over an orangish red desert, in the distance you see a town rising from three hills, a river snaking between them. The buildings rise from the hills and spread between ...
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Should castle walls be circular or square?

In many medieval portrayals, the walls of castles are always portrayed as square. But would the castle be better off if the walls were circular instead of square?
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Why would a civilization outfit buildings with separate portals for entering and leaving them? [closed]

Human buildings usually have one or more doors which combine the function of an entrance and an exit, emergency exits being the only notable example I can think of, albeit designed for contingency use....
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Hair based architecture

Time for some hare brained architecture! I was thinking about elves living in their tree houses via the mapping of such inherently three dimensional settlements. Normal houses transplanted from the ...
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Fires in the ventilation shafts of a Dwarven city?

My bureau has recently been provided with a city charter and the plans to develop the colonial territory of Endrast into an urban center befitting the dwarven people, but after reviewing the documents ...
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Planet of the Aves: New Nests

On the planet of the Aves, birds have evolved to dominate the Earth instead of mammals. Of the thousands of species in this world, both on the ground and in the water, the only one to develop sapience ...
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Modern Stone Homes

I want my advanced culture to have stone houses but I cannot think of a reason why they would keep this old fashioned method. What can I do to convince the czar of this land to use stone for building ...
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Architectural encoding of maps

Picture a band of explorers deep underground in huge dwarven underground complex they have been exploring for what to most of them feels like an eternity. They come to hub like chamber with a dozen or ...
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Are bones and skulls actually good building material?

If you see this type of road and you are Czech, you are going to say, that is made from cats heads: (Image source) Imagine I am Joe the Average, who was sent to medieval Europe (by accident) Not ...
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How might castles develop in magical world?

Allow me to shed some light on this subject (turns on lightbulb). Brief Overview of Magic These powers manifest themselves any time from birth to the end of puberty. These magical powers fall under ...
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What are some major architectural designs that would be in spaceships for flighted beings?

I am wondering what are some of the major concerns/designs an intelligent flying species would have in designing a starship? Generally we consider space to be a premium and crew living space is ...
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Integrating winged humans: Architecture

This question is pretty simple. In a world where about 7% of the population have functional wings, how would buildings (such as offices, schools and homes) differ? I'm looking for ways that would ...
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Medieval low-energy houses

A modern architect specialized in low-energy houses suddenly finds himself in the medieval times, say around the year 1000. Thinking about how to make a living and noticing how badly heat isolated the ...
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I would like a levitating temple on a mountain. Hand-wave free…ish

I have an idea for a location in my world that I would like explained by natural phenomena rather than magic if at all possible. I would like to have a temple...that floats. The specifics: The ...
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Practical uses for a city on top of another city?

So I was playing Deus Ex and came across Hengsha, a city so large they built another city on top of it. This got my mind wondering about the practical uses of such a city. Let's assume that the ...
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Architecture of richest person's house on the moon

Background Several hundred years from now, humans have successfully terraformed the Moon. It has become a fad for the rich and powerful to have exotic residences built in exotic locations. The ...
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Gas Giant Station Design

What would, roughly, a scientific research station look like on a gas giant? Use Saturn as a baseline. The station would float because of a "balloon" carrying nothing. Vacuum is the lifting "gas", as ...
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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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The Bamboo Skeleton

In the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, the initial problem with building a new cityscape is weight, a problem solved, at first, by a steel skeleton. In subsequent years, other methods would ...