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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 could be the reason for advertisement light boxes in future cities? [closed]

The majority of movies depicting futuristic cities, as well as steampunk culture, assume cities are going to be illuminated with lots of excessive artificial lighting and advertisements shining all ...
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How would an underwater city be structured? [closed]

Let's say there is an underwater civilization of merpeople. They were able to develop medieval technology (approximately, since an underwater civilization would develop differently than an above water ...
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What issues could multiple lanes of travel in the air pose in a city?

In the world I am working on, society is made up of multiple species of equally intelligent/sapient humanoid insects that operate extremely similar to humans. Cities contain many different species of ...
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A city under supernatural siege: sounding a proper alarm

This is in effect a continuation the "using dead bodies materials for food/construction/etc" series. The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with ...
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Suburban areas for megacities?

Lately I have been looking into the concept of megalopolises across several works of fiction and futurology, and I have also been wondering wether or not it would make sense for such urban sprawls to ...
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Could useful quantities of materials be extracted from sewage?

"Useful quantities" is relative to whatever's being extracted. You also can't destroy the water the materials are being extracted from. It has to be economical compared to the conventional ...
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How can a male klepton species sustain a settlement without kidnapping women?

The male klepton is a unique humanoid. It has no females, and reproduces by mating with other humanoid females, who bear children that are clones of the klepton father. No females are born, and all ...
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A city is only reachable by teleporting into it - what's preventing a coordinated attack?

A city was built in a location that's generally difficult to access (floating in the sky, on a remote island, on top of a mountain or something similar). The primary way of accessing it is by ...
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Why would cities become layered without overpopulation?

Why would cities become layered without overpopulation? When I say layered I mean having a second or third ground built above ground level. With its own metros & roads. Most of the buildings below ...
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What method of waste disposal would be the most practical for merfolk?

While worldbuilding my merfolk society I've been thinking about what method of waste disposal they would use. I've come up with a few ones that I will describe, and ask how practical they are, and if ...
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Would Armoured Trains be effective in a city with a extremely well developed rail network?

Would Armoured Trains be effective for direct combat in a city with a extremely well developed rail network? This city has a rail a mostly above ground network built around the concept that there ...
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How far down into the ground is it practical to build?

How far into the ground is it practical to build? While cities go both up a lot & down a lot the down is mostly infrastructure, with nothing like houses, shops, factories, etc. down there. So how ...
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Is relocating fertile topsoil possible/feasible?

In my world, there are two distinct regions close to each other: fertile and very densely populated infertile marshlands and very sparsely populated During the mid-1900s, the cities in the region #1 ...
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Reasons to settle outside cities on deserts

I need help solving some problems considering civilization living on plains The World: there is magic, everyone can perform it, it needs a lot of studying to perform - users need special type of ...
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What Point of Departure Would I Need to Turn The World's Largest Cities Into Kowloons?

In 2018 estimates by the United Nations, 81 cities around the world have been categorized as metropolitan areas with a minimum human population of five million. Tokyo stands out on top, with a ...
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How would radially symmetric, saltatorial monopedal creatures plan out underground towns for movement?

These creatures are radially symmetric, saltatorial monopeds. They manipulate items using a ring of tentacles around the mouth at the top of the body. They are 2m tall, and can jump 2m high and 5m ...
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How might a cob evolve?

The cob is a small, terrestrial invertebrate that is found almost exclusively in undisturbed places, mostly abandoned buildings. They can eat almost anything, but their diet consists mostly of dead ...
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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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What makes for a good/bad port city?

What are the factors that would determine whether a city on the coast will become a bustling metropolis or whether it will always remain a modest fisher's village?
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What would a perfectly planned capital look like in a world with space travel?

In a world with limited space travel (basically, people can travel between different moons but not to other planets/galaxies), the ongoing form of government decided to build a perfectly placed ...
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What are some realistic locations for a secure location high above the ground?

I am trying to work out whether it is realistic to have a collection of locations throughout a near future Earth, that are high above the ground (eg. sky, trees, buildings) but secure and either not ...
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How would you build a road system that respected nature?

How would build a road system or transportation system that respected nature with the following constraints: No paved roads or less than 10% paved roads can’t use gasoline (oil) allow nature to ...
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In a city full of superheroes, what items would still be worth stealing? [closed]

Supposing around 1% of the world population has some kind of superpower, about 70-80 million people on earth, and only 1% of those have taken to superherodom, what items would be worth the risk of ...
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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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How large could an oceangoing vessel be and still be able to move?

On some far-distant waterworld, the entire human race has been moved to vast city-ships that endlessly traverse the global ocean. Assuming an unlimited supply of fuel, how large could such a floating ...
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What kind policies, background elements and institutions would be required for a city to have 900,000 people in an Iron Age Setting?

For example Rome had between 600,000 to a million people at its height. This was due to urban planning, water aqueducts, trade and the grain dole. What would be required for such a fictional city ...
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How Do I Keep the Population of an Ecumenopolis Reasonable?

In the galaxy I'm worldbuilding for my science-fantasy series, by far the most important planet in the galaxy is an ecumenopolis called Ishga. What I had in mind for this planet is something ...
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In a dystopian, post-apocalyptic unified North American nation, would Denver make for a good capital city?

Maps for reference I’m creating a Godzilla fanfiction worldbuilding project and in it, after Canada collapsed into a lawless mess and the US moved to annex the country, the US formed the United States ...
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Why would people migrate to a colony with miserable living conditions? [closed]

So I'm working on a world where 19th century humans discovered a portal to a faraway alien planet, and since it's the 19th century they decide to colonize it. Just few decades after the discovery ...
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What would an underwater city's architecture look like? [duplicate]

Say we have a race of water-breathing humanoids who erect a city on a part of the continental shelf around 460 feet deep. Assuming the city has a population of around ten thousand and technology is ...
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How would having many small towns vs a few big cities affect a countries society and economy?

Kind of a theoretical question, but if a small country in a late medieval-ish era sought to discourage large, crowded, dirty, and poor cities by encouraging more towns of a smaller size, how much ...
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How to protect a secure compound breached by a small modern military?

I am trying to work out some of the final details of a modern urban compound, surrounded by perimeter walls and a gate. A battle (modern urban warfare with firearms and grenades mainly) takes place ...
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Can we get rid of all illnesses by a year of Total Extreme Quarantine?

Earth-Year: 2618. Location: Planet Hope, Proxima Centauri. Terraformation status: 97.8% Earth-like. Population: 128.596. The residents of this planet live in a paradise-like environment. The gravity ...
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Why would a flourishing city need so many outdated robots?

Near future, Boston, United States of America. This city brands itself as the leader in both medicine and quantum computing. The city looks awfully youthful and energetic; after all, they cured old ...
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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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Is it realistic to depict a gradual growth from group of huts into a village and town? Or is it more realistic to depict it as series of big jumps?

Is it typical or at least sometimes happening to have a town that started as a group of huts? And have gradually and organically grown into a village and later into a town? To be more specific, it ...
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Expanding a free floating underwater city

Okay, I have a planet with a global ocean of liquid water, and there are these cities in the ocean, floating a few hundred to a few thousand meters beneath the waves. They have spaceports that allow ...
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How do I create a realistic world and country?

I know this is a very broad question, so I'll try to narrow this down. I'm writing a novel about faeries who live in another realm, and the faeries live on an island. The capital city is there too, ...
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What circumstances could lead to city layout based on hexagons?

Most modern planned cities are based on grid layouts. Historic cities are more organic on a macroscopic level, but buildings are still generally square-shaped leading to grid-based layouts on the ...
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Could a city live in a money-free system in a medieval fantasy setting?

I am currently building a world based in a medieval fantasy setup. View it as if the world got a soft reset and cannot (I say cannot) go further than electricity, and I imagined a village where people ...
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How to Make Columbia from Bioshock a Reality [duplicate]

This is Columbia, the city featured in the video game Bioshock: Infinite. It stands out in that this city floats in Earth's atmosphere. How? Some sci-fi handwavium called "the Lutece Particle&...
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What would determine the rate that a hereditary condition reveals itself after years of dormancy?

Long ago, an Eldritch deity was summoned to the city of Innsmouth within a ritual circle, where it was killed and consumed by the population. Devouring the flesh of the deity increased the mana supply ...
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How do I strike a balance between real-world inspiration and purely fictional design, especially for alternate cities? [closed]

My primary question comes from a fledgling animator's perspective. I'd like to capture the general look and feel of a lot of South Florida's cities, while also combining it with my urban-fantasy/...
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What Would it take for Trees with Stone Core to be Self Supporting?

So I have an idea for a biome in which avian humanoids are the dominant intelligent lifeform. They live inside of trees that dwarf the redwoods of our world. The trees grow so tall and so thick (akin ...
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Medieval city trading hands frequently over 200 years

In my world there's this city that is primarily based upon sub-Saharan African Islamic architecture and culture, but it's on the coast connecting the rest of the world to the continent. It's the ...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York? [closed]

There are a large number of superheroes who get around via some kind of super-parkour. These range from superheroes who swing webbing like Spider-Man and his many imitators (e.g., Spinnerette), to ...
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What areas of expertise does a national council need? [closed]

First time asking a question. So my DM asked me to help design a city in our campaign country. Now to be able to give the city a function in the bigger picture i was wondering how the country could ...
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Can a city develop without exterior trading?

I’m exploring different scenarios for a future D&D campaign. I want to know if it’s possible, for a growing settlement, to develop without trading with its neighbors. Let’s assume that they can ...
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Why would a modern city built on flat land in a relatively large country have little to no urban sprawl?

I am making an RPG and am using this image (source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/58916801) as inspiration for a large city. This city: Is located in a country roughly the size of Panama Has ...

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