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Questions tagged [construction]

For use with questions that have to do with the process of buildings structures or habitats.

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Would It Be Feasible to Hollow Mount Everest Into a Palace?

Let's say that some Oriental emperor had decreed that he should move his palatial residence from China to Everest. Specifically, he wanted Mount Everest to be his palace, which means hollowing the ...
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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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Building a launch loop

A launch loop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_loop is a proposed way to put lots of things into space at lower unit cost than rockets (only need to pay the energy cost in electricity for each ...
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How do I keep my slimes from escaping their pens?

Hmm... Time to take inventory of the slimes real quick... Lamp Oil Slime, O- Slime, Yellow Paint Slime, Pur-... Red Paint Slime? Blue Paint Slime? You two didn't...! Great... So I need a new RPS and a ...
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Towers in the ocean; How deep can they be built?

Many questions on this site mention how difficult it is for merfolk to develop technologically, as there's almost nothing but rocks and kelp to work with. My solution to this is that they use these ...
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How can a long spaceship combat torsion and shear stress while moving in space?

Set in the late 22nd century AD, spaceship designs are becoming more streamlined and have longer bodies measuring from the tip at the front of ship to the thruster located at the back of the ship. ...
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How can the interior of temple lit automatically during medieval time?

In the 1400AD, there was a temple built to honor a late king somewhere in the middle east. The temple can house a thousand people and have many facilities from amenities to entertainment plus an ...
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Dredging in a fantasy setting

So, I am setting up a world for a DND campaign in which, through a magical accident in the past, the face of the globe is covered in ocean, all except for a few tiny islands where the highest mountain ...
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A research facility, spanning hundreds of kilometers, in a Pentagon-sized building: How can it construct its rooms? [closed]

After I reached the net worth of Steve Jobs in collateral damage, during my most recent battle, the rest of the world decided to suppress me for obvious reasons. My only request was a small land, the ...
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Would tunnel walls be stronger if built using cut granite block walls reinforced with carbon based cords?

I have been drafting the concept of a future world based on current research. I have been contemplating the long lasting transportation tunnels of the future. I am asking about the likelihood of the ...
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How do sapient birds/theropods build their seats?

Thinking about the shape gets pretty weird. So my species has a more or less horizontal posture, pretty much a small sentient raptor. They can assume an 'upright' position, but only in the sense of a ...
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Protections when working with a dangerous supermaterial

In my world, there is a material called amaranthine. This material is effectively energy condensed into an unstable crystalline form (via a series of processes that aren't relevant to this question). ...
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sequioa & redwood trees [closed]

There is a treehouse community. The treehouses are connected by bridges and platforms. The tree houses are on 100-200 feet high sequoia and redwood trees. There are 1-2 houses on each tree if the ...
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How to naturally cool down a room on higher floors. When heat rises & there is no electricity

How to turn a room on the top floor into a colder not so humid and deathly hot one. In the times before electricity, a man has vast trunks of papers and documents he needs to store for a long time ...
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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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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 can power up an eco friendly Dino theme park?

My company has just taken over the North Sentinel Island to setup a Dino attraction, construction phase is in progress and we also managed to convince the local to move and settle somewhere else (by ...
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Earth Time Periods: Choosing for a hidden lair in time [closed]

You are a former nuclear scientist who has researched in the field of fusion, who is in possession of a device that once activated will create a two-way portal into any time period on Earth. The time-...
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Reduced gravity on surface of planet

This is a simple question, hopefully not broad. My colonizing company wants to put little habitats on the surface of a planet with more gravity (2.0G) than earth. Is there a way to reduce gravity ...
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Practical height of towers without elevators

I'm writing about a setting where building technology is quite advanced, but elevators have not yet been invented, so the limiting factor on height is ergonomic. What would be the maximum practical ...
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Can we build a 3D maneuver gear from Attack on Titan?

Context In the animé Attack on Titan, armed forces use a special device called 3D maneuver gear (also called vertical movement gear) to move through the air. The system is based on a pair of ...
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The Underdown, part 1: Size issues [closed]

So, If I'm trying to make a borderline-isekai (trapped in an MMORPG world anime) setting, I might as well just make the game mechanics more real, like invisible walls, everywhere. The world of ...
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Can we build a roguelike maze?

Edit: this is not a dupe because the other question asks for an everchanging maze that is built with pre-historic technology and that is impervious to engineering (i.e.: immune to drilling). Mine ...
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What are the possible reasons to build a twin of the Eiffel Tower next to the original? [closed]

I have been thinking of a "realistic" and near future scenario where an Emirati construction company manage to build a twin of the Eiffel Tower, on the Champ de Mars next to the original one. This ...
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Making bricks out of bread

Some kinds of bread get hard as time passes by. These kinds that harden usually stay soft for no longer than a day after being baked. I've once forgotten a loaf of bread for about a week on a shelf - ...
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Could the Romans have Invented Graphene? [closed]

This scenario is inspired by this article. Long ago, it was thought that this super-cool, extra strong material called carbon nanotubes is a recent invention. After all, what ancient culture could ...
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How easy is it to make glass?

So in every apocalyptic setting/scenario that I've seen in films, books and games, whether that is a nuclear holocaust, war, monsters taking over the world, or otherwise, in almost every building the ...
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Can a medieval castle be made today? [closed]

Not sure if it fit well this website, history.SE, or if it's off-topic, but I have a simple question: Can we build a medieval castle, with the same methods as they used at that time, in 21 century? ...
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How long does it take to build a medieval city wall?

There is a medieval city that, for multiple reasons, doesn't have any kind of structural defense, but they decided to build a wall now as there is risk of a war in the bordering kingdom, which can ...
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How high could a Lego tower be?

I just won the national lottery! I am a billionaire, and can do whatever I want with my money! Tv interviewer asks me what would I do with this money. Then, come the Idea. I remember this guy when I ...
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How deep would a pit have to be to make climbing out implausible

Assuming that there is a prison somewhat akin to the one in The Dark Knight Rises, except being nothing more than a cylindrical hole in the earth, how deep would it have to be to make escape attempts ...
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In a tundra, what material would be available to build houses, castles, etc?

I’m writing a story in which the setting is a vast tundra. I had in mind a medieval-like lifestyle, with a few certain changes. But I’m not sure what resources could be used to create a housing in a ...
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How would ant-sized humans be able to Blacksmith Metals Safely?

In this world I'm creating, humans are shrunk down to 2 centimeters tall, and have been teleported down to an earthlike dimension consisting only of insects, plants, fungi and other invertebrates. The ...
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The feasibility of a top-secret naval base located on Île Pott

There's this organisation, which has a global system of secret and sensitive military bases situated in various geopolitical regions, not unlike those of the US military. One military installation is ...
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How Can I Build Ice On an Iceberg With Primitive Tech?

Let's say a group of people live on icebergs. They want to shape them - e.g., let's say they want to add a pier to their iceberg, how do they "grow" the ice. Prefer a primitive answer, but if there ...
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How would a Mesolithic community go about building a permanent settlement?

Edit: I've gotten some answers now, but many of them use Neolithic settlements as examples. I wish I had the archaeological know-how to analyze these settlements' technologies and economies and ...
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What modifications would be needed to turn an oil rig into a self sustaining base?

A secret enclave of sorts wants to survive a nuclear war, which they know is inevitable. They plan on riding out the apocalypse on an oil rig, 175 miles off the California coast out in the Pacific. ...
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What type of city-structure can survive a shield volcano?

So I have a continent by the name of Sho. It is highly inspired by Asia, but will have a few mixes in the fray to give it my own touch. There is a specific people that live near a shield volcano. I'...
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How long would it take to build a simple stone building in medieval times?

So, this is for a story that has a medieval/fantasy vibe. It has to do with the small village my main character comes from. It's a very old village, having begun with a small monastery. I was thinking ...
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Making a dugout canoe or raft, limited by strikes

I'm planning a short story in which - for the purposes of this question - everybody has certain restrictions on their actions due to a 'curse'. These restrictions include having only 1,000 steps, and ...
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Interstellar construction between star systems

Asked a similar question before but didn't think it through and mangled it. Anyway would it be possible to build a structure between two star systems? Basic scenario is that you have two stars ...
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Southeast Beast Facility [closed]

There is a giant facility called the Genetic Forge. It's a giant facility that uses supercomputers to modify human zygote genomes. In order to understand the DNA and how to change it properly, they ...
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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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Is it feasible to have a literal ivory tower?

I guess making a tower out of ivory would make little to no practical sense as opposed to making a tower out of wood, stone, concrete, or other materials. I suppose building a literal ivory tower ...
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What reasons could there be for cement not setting?

I'm writing a scene set on a construction site where the builders notice that the cement they pour is not setting: it just remains in its liquid state or it is taking a very long time to set. This is ...
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The ultimate material? [closed]

Remember the metallic substance that the T-1000 was made out of in the movie T2: Judgment Day? I want to create a substance like that in a story with some modifications... So, the substance can move ...
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Supplies for setting up a spaceport on an earthlike colony world

My space colonists have just travelled to a new planet, and they will be landing using shuttles. The shuttles are water-based (like a seaplane) and the colony is/will be set up on a river near the sea....
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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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Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check: Lothlorien

I need to bring something up before continuing on with another question. This is Giving Tolkien Architecture a Reality Check, which means whether or not the architecture that Tolkien described and ...
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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 ...