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A way of getting the water to the top of the tall building without electricity?

First, let me explain the situation. Post-apocalypse setting, a group of humans (let's say around a hundred of them) have to find safe places to live at, protected from animals, bandits, and other ...
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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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How could a medieval fortress manage large groups of migrants and travelers?

The Red Keep was built thousands of years ago to defend against the invading hordes. The Red Keep itself is a fortress, the main wall of which blocks off the main pass through the mountains. Over the ...
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Why do people prefer metropolitan areas, considering monsters and villains?

About fifty years ago, a number of people started to get really lucky. While normal humans when exposed to toxic waste, radiation etc. die, these guys actually managed to exploit previously unknown ...
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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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What jobs would people work in a frontier railroad town? [closed]

What would people do in 1860s railroad towns? In a place similar to frontier America, it seems towns are built around very clear purposes. A majority of people would follow the town specific ...
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Deriving price from a framework of production in a medieval economy (ie “Can I have a 1,500 gold meat pie, please!”)

It bothers me in games when the price of something is seemingly arbitrarily set. Shop owner: How much gold do you have? Player: Er, 10,000? Shop owner: Then that meat pie is 1,500 gold, ...
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How to hide an urban landmark?

Picture an alternative history Second World War Paris. The Third Reich must destroy the Notre-Dame de Paris, and the inhabitants must prevent this. The French do not have access to anti-air weaponry ...
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Colonizing Earth

After several centuries in exodus, humanity returns to earth to recolonize the planet. Naturally, their first question is the same as mine: Where are the best place(s) on earth to settle? Parameters:...
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Would it be possible for a city floating on water to exist?

Is there any way that a town or city could exist that has interconnecting houses floating on a body of water? I once read in a novel about a small village like that in a swamp, and was wondering if a ...
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Underwater city sanitation

In a vaguely Medieval setting with some limited magic, how would an underwater city handle sewage? Sanitation was one of the biggest limiting factors in the growth of human cities, and being under ...
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After evacuation to a new planet, how would a population switch from a barter system to a monetary system with banks?

Okay, context. There's a modern human sub-species (about 9,000) that needs to evacuate earth to avoid genocide from their human counter-parts. They have access to a portal to take them to a new viable ...
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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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Multiple fireplaces in an apartment building?

I was working on a short story set in winter--a good time to contrast the cold, deprived life of the main character, reflecting his mental state, and the warmth and joy of other characters. There is ...
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Random body shuffle every night—can we still function?

Imagine a world where every time you wake up you wake up in a randomly selected body from among the bodies that were asleep at that time. There are some limits—the body should be in at most a roughly ...
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Ways to hide an elven city

How could a large (10,000-20,000 people) elven city hide itself from a person wandering through? These elves can bend plants to their will and stimulate plant growth by singing, so they could live in ...
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Trading Upstream

I've created a city at the joining point of two rivers, and I'm trying to determine the population ceiling. I'm just going for a general idea of relative size, and so far I've just been making towns ...
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Self-sufficient Ark

I'm trying to figure out what a huge swimming ark that is able to support maybe 10.000 people would look like. It's for a P&P campaign. And please excuse any bad grammar, spelling or poor word ...
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Costs/Income from potential craftsmen [closed]

I run a D&D game in which my players have built an outpost and are now attempting to "staff" it with craftsmen: Blacksmiths, Farriers and the like. I want to give them a "choice" and let them ...
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What software is available for map creation?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to build my world, physically. I want to be able to create maps of the entire world and then drill down to individual areas and define the towns and ...
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Could a medieval fantasy world sustain itself by occupying important trade hubs and taxing trade?

The civilization I'm talking about is marked in pink (cities A and B). The trade routes are marked in yellow. Owning the city B (the entire island) means they only need to travel across two ...
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In a world of magic, why would cities still find high walls useful?

In a world where magic exists. A large army can hire several mages that able to cast spells as, or even more, powerful than a 16-19th century cannon. The city walls will not keep out a determined mage ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [closed]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?
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Lasting power structure in a city of monsters

I am trying to build a city populated almost entirely by monsters, but I am having difficult conceiving a power structure that can exercise proper control over this city. Given the evil dispositions ...
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Calculating City Size based on Population

Question: I'm trying to determine how large (geographically) my city will have to be to accommodate for 1 million people. I have a city that was basically formed by the gods to be fertile land with a ...
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What is a feasible long way transportation system with technology up to 1699?

Exposition One of the biggest Problems my Renaissance city with 2.7 million inhabitants is facing is how two get food from outside the city fast enough to the populous before being spoiled. The ...
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How to get rid of human waste without using bodies of water

A particularly religious people living in a land filled with rivers need to get rid of their excreta. They have disfavoured sewers and dumping waste on water because they venerate oceans and rivers, ...
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How to hide an underground city?

Related to my previous question : How to live in an underground city? The refugees managed to live in their underground city with the few resources they can find. They are prepared to fight if ...
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English Medieval town layout

In Medieval England how would a stronghold town be laid out, and what would their defenses have been? I'm putting a city together and one important point is that it is secure from attacks. Attacks ...
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What would the effects be if all power grids connected to nuclear reactors abruptly suffered catastrophic failure?

To be more specific, I mean what if every wire, every power cable and transformer on the connected grids to the nuclear power plants all ruptured at once. The transformers literally exploding, the ...
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How can a devil reincarnate himself on earth without being noticed?

The devil is alive, and he walks among you. Eons ago, there was a battle between a powerful deity and a devil from the nine realms of hell. The losing devil, to avoid being killed, broke himself ...
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Method of constructing pre-modern shanties

In my world the technology is around the mid 1800s or a bit earlier, and I have a big city with an empire and all sorts of colonialism problems that are minorly irrelevant to this question. What is ...
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Urban cohabitation of dragons and non-dragons

We've had a question about a city designed to guard against dragons, so I would like to propose the opposite (which happens to be a part of a world I built a while ago). How might a city be designed ...
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What are the elements required for an enclosed prison-city?

I'm aware that variants of this question have been discussed before (such as "how to build a self-sustaining medieval city?"), but my question comes at the problem from a slightly different angle. ...
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How long can my small American city be without Internet access? [closed]

Let us say that I want a somewhat isolated farming city to lose Internet access for an extended period of time. The requirement is that all Internet access into the town have been cut off by some ...
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How could carbon nanotubes help me build supertall skyscrapers?

It is the near-future. Breakthrough, mass produced carbon nanotubes have been invented and are relatively cheap. These nanotubes have the properties that we would expect, and are manufactured in '...
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A Glass Window in an Underwater City

In this scenario, an underwater city is a collection of domes interconnected by tunnels 17 feet wide and 17 tall. The largest of the city's domes is 71,000 square feet in area and 137 feet tall. The ...
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Ideal Place For Kenya Spaceport?

Its 20 seconds in the future. The space age is truly dawning this time. And I the CEO of a wealthy aerospace company, am looking for the perfect place to set up shop with my new spaceport. I've ...
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How to completely destroy a city, without leaving clues for humanity 4,000 years later?

Background I want to burn down a city completely. Nothing must remain, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Even though I'm a supernatural being, I want this to happen in a natural way. I also want the ...
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3-Level Roadway Engineering

I'm the city designer for a new city we're calling Morrowville. Having some of the worlds top minds, flying cars have been invented, but can only fly a few feet (2-4) from the ground and not everyone ...
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What makes trading cities rich?

(We're talking about a pre-industrial society here) Obviously there are many cities in important positions for trade, either because they control an important strait (Danish Sound, Bosphorus), an ...
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How possible would it be for a whole city (and smaller towns) to be built on water?

The world is flooded and some people have survived and managed to build small towns and even massive cities on the ocean that now covers the world. Is this possible hypothetically? How much of the ...
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Space wizards city : Is it sustainable?

Context Six thousand years ago, magic users from Earth managed to create a portal between Earth and another planet, far far away. This planet is Earth-like but developed no life forms whatsoever. ...
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Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
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Building Revelation Jerusalem: A City of Gold and Gems

Revelation Jerusalem is the golden city, the true envy of the world. Tradition has it that it's bathed in eternal light, that the unworthy are struck down on its doorstep, and that a sense of holiness ...
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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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How long would it take to be able to live in New York after a nuclear bomb?

If a 50 megaton nuke was dropped in Lower Manhattan, New York, how long would it take for people to be able to live there again? The bomb detonated on the ground. My definition of live is to breathe ...
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How would antigravity change the design of cities and buildings?

If cheap and reliable anti-gravity devices (sufficient to allow personal flotation harnesses, flying cars, etc) were developed in the next ten years how would it change the design of cities and ...
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How do you simulate the organic growth of a city when designing it?

Most cities don't just spring into existence, they aren't planned to be the way they are (there are a few exceptions, see Milton Keynes in England for example) but grow organically over time. However ...
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How can I explain a sudden abundance of naturally-occurring beer?

Researchers are scratching their heads, and Portland Water Bureau is furious. In Portland, Oregon, a reservoir in one of the City parks has begun spilling out a river of naturally occurring beer/ale. ...