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Superhero Civil Engineering Techniques

It's 2018. Dr. Evil tried to [rob a bank/destroy the city/take over the world] using a [unstoppable robot army/death ray/zombie ninja T-Rex]. Just when hope is lost, Superdude comes flying in with a ...
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Rebuilding Kowloon Walled City? [closed]

I need to house 50,000 people but I only have a 2.7 hectares (126m by 213m). Just like Kowloon Walled City. However, the land is currently empty and I can plan for that many people before they all ...
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What supplies would be needed to build a modernish town/city in the post apocalypse?

So the nuclear apocalypse happened, and 90% of the population died from the either the blast, radiation, famine, violence or disease within the next 5 years. Fortunately, the United States government ...
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How big of a city could my volcanic island support?

Now this volcanic city is not just any volcanic island, it is only a couple hundred miles above the northernmost tropic but that really isn't important, what is important is that the coasts of the ...
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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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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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What would the government of a medieval city-state be and how many people would be running it?

In my book I'm writing one half of the island is littered with city-states. I was wondering who would be in power there and what type of government there may be. Here's some information that may help:...
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Effects of Hostile Environment on Population Distribution

In my world, humanoid races are an afterthought added by the gods only after they'd spent millennia treating the world as their personal canvas, designing it however they found most interesting. This ...
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Non-Iron Skyscraper Framing

I'll confess that I have a real issue with iron--it rusts quickly. In fact, the History Channel program Life After People constantly states that, left to its own devices, the iron that makes up a ...
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How long would cities be recognizable after a nuclear war?

In 2068, a nuclear war is fought between the USSR and the USA. 42,000 best bombs are used, and 2,000 megatons are used during the war. My story takes place mostly in 4 regions of the United States, ...
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How to sustain/create a 4 foot tall city?

For my story, I intend to include a city/civilization that is entirely 4 foot tall- with plants, greenery, walkways etc. on top of the connected 'houses'. This city is located in the middle of a ...
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Lifting water from a subterranean lake by boiling it?

A medieval-tech desert city relies on a nearby subterranean lake for their water source. In lieu of employing thousands of slaves carrying pots up a long series of tunnels, could the intrepid desert ...
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Scavenging metal resources in post-apocalypse after 100 years

This is another question for a setting I mentioned in previous questions (currency, ammo). The setting is: It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from ...
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A “Temple City”

Trying to come up with a general feel for a city dominated by temples, where evil gods may be openly worshipped alongside good gods. It is an independent city-state in a 2000 year old world, near the ...
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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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Would a “city on a bridge” be friendlier to the environment than a more typical city on land? [closed]

The "city on a bridge" that I'm envisioning has the entire population living their entire lives on a habitable bridge or a series of such bridges over major rivers, only going on land for recreation ...
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If there were giant irregular mirrors above cities that would reflect sunlight, would that heat the atmosphere and cause global warming? [closed]

Or would the heat dissipate back into space? For my world building purposes, I need it to cause global warming, I just don't really know if it would work. Maybe the cities would need to be bigger then ...
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Medieval town built on the desert side of a mountain range?

Could a medieval town have been built on the desert facing side of a mountain range? Not a Himalaya size mountain, but definitely at least Rocky Mountain size. It's a big desert and is one of the ...
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When my city is miles high, where do the utility lines go?

Various futuristic novels and movies have posited the existence of the mega-city; a city in the clouds built up hundreds if not thousands of meters above the surface area below. Examples are Coruscant ...
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The nation without villages

Straight to the matter: is it possible that a faction in a science fiction world rises up while completely ignoring the concept of villages as a whole? Let me explain. While it's specific for my ...
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How to build a stable city on a porous planet

An industrious civilization has come into fruition on a planet that has a very irregular surface that is home to countless multitudes of caverns going deep beneath the planet and even merging with one ...
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How long could a city last if it were completely underwater?

Let's say there is a city, about the size of New York City, that is made only out of stone, steel, and glass. This city would be completely underwater. Assuming no humans are alive in this city, how ...
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City for introverts?

I am busy drawing a fictional map of a city. It has all the technology, economics and sociology of the real world. The city has no nightclubs, very few restaurants, no bars: very few places to ...
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Commercial Centers vs Capitals

I'm building a world for a novel I'm working on, which is a new experience for me. On a continent I have two former kingdom capitals that are inland roughly 150 miles from the coast. Both on major ...
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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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Rotating city in a fantasy world

In my fantasy world, the world is covered in a massive ocean that is miles deep in all directions, the only "land" are massive bodies of gods that dot the blue world. How these bodies got here is not ...
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How can a rebel leader rile up citizens while satiating an angry government? [closed]

A small rebel force has provoked the beginning of an uprising, and a small portion of a city's people has been stirred to anger against the government. No attempts to infiltrate or overthrow the ...
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In the aftermath of a revolution, what would be the immediate concerns? [closed]

For seven hundred years, a city (and the surrounding lands) was ruled by oppressive kings and the high nobles (who are of elvish descent and consider themselves above the other people). A group of ...
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Where can I easily/cheaply get a hundred square miles of land for a new country?

I'm looking to found a new country on a real-to-life Earth, and I need somewhere to put it. The country is going to be anywhere from 100 to 1000 square miles (250 to 2500 square km) in size. Assume a ...
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What's necessary for this stratified, flood-prone city to be plausible?

I have a fantasy city where the respectable areas are literally built on top of the slums - essentially, it's on a series of bridges or pillars, with lots of forgotten crawlspaces and hideyholes for ...
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What methods might an ancient civilization use to desalinate sea water?

Following on from my previous question here concerning the ancient civilization I have called the Androy and their struggle to survive terrible drought conditions on their planet. After years of ...
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A world with sentient life but very few natural resources to spare

Background: My settings world has sentient life around the space-faring level. The problem is that the planet itself has very few natural resources available, they’re too deep down to harvest or ...
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How would people find a city that is always moving?

I have a country of desert nomads called Sahid, and the capital city is called 'Al'magor the wandering city.' This being literal, how would people be able to find this city easily? I have imagined the ...
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How steep a road could a horse/horse-and-cart travel?

I'm in the early stages of designing a city, and would like some advice about to structure its roads realistically for transport. The city is circular, with large roads entering the city at north/...
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How does one typically gain influence and power in a modern city? [closed]

Let's say there is a business man who owns a company (also a CEO) and moves to a wealthy municipality. He wants to be the mayor or at least the de facto undisputed ruler of the area. How would he go ...
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Fire prevention in a low-tech city

If you live in a town of wooden buildings, fire can be a big problem. If you have the luxury of being able to plan the layout of a city, how do you plan the city to avoid major fires? Notes: Low-...
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How to manage water in a city 2500 feet below sea level?

In my Pathfinder RPG campaign setting I have two continents separated by an isthmus. An artificial canyon carved through the isthmus from one ocean to another divides the continents. The canyon is ...
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How would a person work his way to being a Kingpin of a city or country? [closed]

I am making a fantasy story where a guy who starts from the bottom eventually becomes top-dog of the entire area through his own efforts. Let's say a charming and highly intelligent modern person (a ...
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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, please! Pig ...
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Logistics of high-quality lifestock delivery for alien megacity?

Essentially all the members of an alien species live within a single relatively sparsely inhabited megacity. The city has a surface area of about 30,000km². The species happens to be almost ...
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What geological/geographical features are needed to support a Greco-Roman 'City of Fountains'

Belsaria is the City of Fountains. The capital of Nowheria, it's truly a civic marvel, due to the thousands of fountains that jet water into the air at every intersection and in the courtyards of ...
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An underground city beneath another city?

How plausible would it be to build an entire underground city beneath another city? Would it be structurally sound? And I do mean an entire city, underground with skyscrapers holding up the ceiling.
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How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are and ...
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How to calculate maximum altitude difference between metro stations?

For story purpose I am trying to design a mass transit system for a perfect city. Right ... maybe not so perfect, if you look carefully into the details, but actually the mass transit system is ...
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Getting large amounts of water to the Australian outback

I want to build a city in the desert outback. It needs drinkable water for its citizens, what's a few different ways to get it? (pipes from coastal areas, desalination of salt lakes, etc) What are ...
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Is it viable to wall modern cities against “zombies”?

Let's say the city covers about 40 square miles (104 square kilometers), that machinery and some oil refineries are still usable (for construction vehicles), and that there is a lot to salvage in way ...
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Cities of a civilization of sentients capable of natural flight?

We have a species, let's call them Aves Sapiens for now, which a winged creature that reaches an average height of 143 centimeters and can fly up to 300 km/h. (Assuming that the planet's gravity can ...
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The Palladium Skyscraper Skeleton

There is talk of a better alternative to steel, and one among the subject is "palladium glass". Manhattan Gold & Silver sums up the backstory of p-glass's construction, written in October 2014: ...
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Which minerals are needed to make a sustainable medieval country?

Which minerals (iron, coal, copper, etc.) are needed in the same country to make it sustainable (medieval age)? For example: A country is made in the middle of a gigantic island (like a little ...
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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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