Questions tagged [city]

For questions involving the nature, development, impact, or design of cities. This tag may be used for a city of any size including (but not limited to) hamlets, villiages, towns, metropolises, and megacities.

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Economics of a Port City [closed]

Gaian is a large city situated along a natural cove, defended to the north and south by towering mountains and to the east by the city walls. To the west is the largest ocean in the known world. Gaian ...
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What is the best way to cause swarm intelligence to be destroyed?

In my story, there is a large group of humanoid clones that help the city function, doing mundane tasks such as cleaning and maintaining the city. Doing all of the minimum wage jobs and 95% of the ...
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How quickly could a country build a tall concrete wall around a city?

I'm currently in the world-building phase of my book (hence why I'm here). To add some perspective before I ask my question. The story is based in Britain, during the year 2032. In my story, there ...
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How long would it take to move the population of the earth into a single city? [closed]

Say if humanity was forced to create a single mega-city on a, relative to the entire land-area of the earth, small area. Where skyscrapers are 1000-4000 meters tall. If the world pooled all its ...
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Could a city of balloons provide its own static electricity? [closed]

In the question: Could a city be built out of Balloons? it asks whether such a city could exist. I would like to know how much electricity (static electricity) could be gathered from the balloons ...
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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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What food production methods would allow a metropolis like New York to become self sufficient

In my overcrowded future setting the Hegemony (government of the Earth) wants to make the metropolises of the world self sufficient when it comes to food production. What farming/food production ...
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What would the climate of a planetwide city be like?

Assume the entirety of Earth (all the land) is covered in a city. What would the climate be like in different parts of it? I.e., what would it be like on the coast, or inland? I imagine it would be ...
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Would it be worthwhile to locate capital in high mountains on an exoplanet with higher atmospheric pressure?

Tech level: modern - like Atmospheric pressure at local sea level: Oxygen ~30 kPa Nitrogen ~180 kPa (So roughly counting 1.5 times more oxygen, 2.25 times more nitrogen) Technically speaking such ...
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Iron deposits mined from under the city

I would like to have a city sitting on top of a large iron deposit that will be mined by the inhabitants of the city. Is that feasible for them? Won't the city collapse under the mines? Are there some ...
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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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City made of glass in a desert?

My world has a city of glass found along the outskirts of a desert. I decided on this because sand can become glass and so it was a huge resource that could be used for building. However, the concern ...
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How could a civilization end up confined within walls?

In Shingeki no Kyojin humanity is confined within walls to protect them from giants on the outside. In this case, I'd like to imagine a civilization (doesn't need to be all of humanity) within a huge ...
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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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How long would it take for nuclear energy to become adopted in a world on the brink of collapse?

For reference, I'm going with the accepted answer given here: How would technology adoption of Lithium Air battery work?. In my world, it makes sense that governments would be very interested in ...
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Plausible futuristic infrastructure for an underwater micronation built 300-500 feet below the surface

My story takes place hundreds of years in the future after global warming has made life at the surface uninhabitable for most life forms. What’s left of mankind survived because it became popular to ...
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How large should my fortified medieval village be?

Backstory My poor medieval people are taken from our medieval Europe (Germany to be more specific) with an entire settlement to another world (think: cut a few square kilometeres of land and paste it ...
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Could it be feasible that a medieval fantasy city in the desert be carved into rock rather than made with lumber?

So I know that usually, ancient villages and cities are made mostly with wood, and rarely with stone, since stone is inherently more expensive. But, if there is very little lumber around but lots of ...
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What is the utilitarian purpose of artificial waterfalls?

In sci-fi and fantasy artwork, I often see a city built on top of or incorporating waterfalls: James Gurney's Dinotopia (above) is an egregious example with "waterfall towers". When the city is ...
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Standardized building materials across a Roman style empire

I am working on an empire that exists in my world. I want to know if it makes sense for said empire to standardize the materials they use for construction across the empire. In the heart of 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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Creating a layout of the city [closed]

I want to create a layout for the city in my story(like streets, lakes, buildings etc..) or maybe we can call it town planning. I have the list of all the things that exist but I'm unable to keep them ...
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City-Closing Event

What single event would cause a large city to be closed down completely? I am developing a game and need a way to shut down an entire city with the citizens locked in with zero escape routes. ...
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City defenses against kaiju attacks?

In this series I'm mulling, kaiju have been around since prehistory, turning up off and on right up until modern times. In the near-future of this alt-history, say in the next twenty years (2040ish), ...
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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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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 ...