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Can my necromancer have this bridge built with those constraints?

Long story short I got a very powerful necromancer living on an island that is 33 kilometers from the nearest land mass. He wants to create a mega bridge to connect his island to the continent. The ...
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Is it possible with modern-day technology to expand an already built bunker further below without the risk of collapsing the entire bunker?

In my fictional setting, albeit close to real world, there is a research facility built on a remote island in a form an underground multi-floor bunker. This bunker does not look like a mine - it is, ...
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What is the longest possible (current material science) for a human weight-bearing 3” thick, 5’ wide slab attached to a wall on one end?

For my story, I need a cliff face with a slab sticking out of the middle of it, like an inflexible diving board. I need it to be 5 feet wide (exact) and 3-to-6 inches thick (thinner is better). I need ...
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Building dams from underwater

A recent question of an underwater race hunting land-based creatures has been answered with "they can build dams" (here https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/253462/86466). I have ...
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Expanding a modular space-station for 100 years

The Mir, ISS, Tiangong, Skylab, the numerous Salyut-missions...Space-stations are one of the most impressive and interesting feats of modern engineering, which in my opinion, makes it even more tragic ...
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What protection would autotrophic zoophytes construct? [closed]

The mireworts are a species of small (piglet sized) motile (snail paced) autotrophs that have a high degree of intelligence and sociality. They gain energy solely through photosynthesis, and consume ...
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What are the concerns with residents building lean-to's up against city fortifications? [closed]

In historical illustrations of cities with defensive walls, I have noticed that it is very rare for a non-defensive structure to be built directly adjacent to the inside face of the wall. A building ...
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What are the best materials for an organic skyscraper one kilometer high?

The tallest structures on the surface of Earth are trees, which can reach 120-130m already. But I want something much bigger. In the setting of my magic-powered sci-fi story, humans use bioengineered ...
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Could my glass buildings last for thousands of years?

In my story world, I was thinking about having glass structures built by a prior civilization to preserve information. The reason the structures would be made of glass would be because the glass the ...
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How feasible is it for a construction company working 24/7 to superficially cover a (roughly) 2500x2500x500ft quarry and how long would it take?

A construction company has an immense workforce and wants to superficially cover a quarry and retain use of the interior for further and later development. The budget and workforce is immense, with ...
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How effective a sewage system can a roughly medieval location manage if told of sanitation but not how to make a sewer?

Let's say a modern man is transported to a world that is roughly medieval and modeled very clearly off of medieval Europe. He manages to impress the son of a king and eventually gets the king to hear ...
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How to build a giant city in a harsh environment?

In my world, there is a magic civilization. They are on a far away continent, but it is harsh and snowy. In the current time, they have now giant cities, the main ones being a mix of both steam and ...
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Maximum size for this dome habitat

So, humans have colonised this planet. It is of Earth-mass and volume and so has Earth-like gravity. They are now building a dome to accommodate the population. The question is, how big can they make ...
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How to design a geckskin grappling hook to attatch to surfaces like a rocks and builidngs?

For a while now, I've been very into grappling guns and the ability to swing around buildings, etc. Specifically been very interested in the odm gear present in the show "Attack on Titan". ...
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Cannibalizing modern buildings in the Pacific Northwest [closed]

A nuclear apocalypse destroys the world and most major cities are destroyed. Urban centers range from smoldering craters to almost untouched due to lack of strategic importance. What I'm concerned ...
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Best materials to build a worldhouse roof

In an imagined sci-fi universe where immense space habitats and constructs are common (however, nothing reaching nearly the size of a Niven Ring) one of the many forms are worldhouses: planets ...
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Building materials for a palace or castle on a volcanic island?

I have a magical setting I am working on in my world that is based on a large volcanic island that has been created by a sunken, fantastically large caldera. Up to this point, my story has centered ...
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How big can an underground rock dome be on the moon?

So it's a trope in SF that Lunar colonies would use underground domes either naturally formed or formed by applying various excavation means. You get domes of various sizes used for living space, air ...
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Cities built of ice and compacted snow on a planet where it never melts?

Picture a planet where it's always winter all year (by that I mean that there are technically no seasons and it's always sub-zero weather) so the colonizers make use of the most abundant materials ...
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Building 3 floor building in medieval days [closed]

In medieval days How much time it will take to build 3 floors building, with 10 apartment’s each floor? I don’t have labor problems, so I can use as much as I need. How many workers do I need for 1 ...
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How would Utility fog grey goo travel through space?

An advanced alien species in my story created smart matter similar to utility fog, nanobots with extendable arms which link to form programmed structures. When the species moves to new locations a ...
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The Falling Tower of Babel

In Preventing a word from being spoken, I asked about how to prevent a word from being spoken, and the means I chose was to change humanity so that humans can no longer say the Word. To that end, I am ...
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How long would it take to build an underground city?

In my fantasy world, there is a race of ghouls. They are a knit-tit community, and while they built underground cities, including reforming abandoned mines as living places, they eventually kept ...
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How to control a jumpjet without using neural links or your hands

Most if not all jumpjets (and jetpacks) in any genre have some kind of neural link or unexplained control mechanism that might as well be a neural link. However I want to have a controlscheme for my ...
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Replacing heavy cranes with airships for alien city building? Pros/cons?

We are doing construction on an alien world with unbreathable air This creates a very big problem for a growing city which needs to expand. Workers cannot go outside safely for long periods. Goal: ...
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Construction and architecture in a world with regular earthquakes?

I'm working on a fantasy story that takes place on a moon that orbits a gas giant, but is not tidally locked. I've worked through a lot of the other considerations of this already—the wider astronomy ...
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Why would a more technologically advanced society continue to build many buildings out of stone rather than glass and metal?

Architecture in the Western world used stone as the primary building material until the late 19th century. Modern architecture uses much more glass and metal in construction compared to the ...
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How large can an oceangoing vessel be made within the constraints of Neolithic technology?

Long story short, I have a bunch of folks with Neolithic technology, and they want to build a big ship - preferably, a ship that's as large as they can make it. How big can these Neolithic folks make ...
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Could extremely tall towers be held up by balloons so that they don't collapse under their own weight?

"Tower" may be a misleading word choice for what I have in mind. My approach to building vertical structures is a bit different, more on that later. There are two main issues that plague ...
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What is the point of introducing puzzles into tomb design if you don't want anyone to disturb whatever hidden?

My family comes from a long line of well known tomb designers and my spouse is a part time tomb raider, we really are a perfect match! I explained to my spouse that a tomb is a very sacred place for ...
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How would you build a harbor in a world with *intense* tides?

Long story short, my world is set on a habitable moon of a gas giant, and as a result has some very intense tides (about 5x those of Earth, averaging a few dozen foot difference between high and low ...
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How many calories can a cubic meter produce?

In my Generic Dystopian Setting™, space inside the nuclear shelters is at a premium, and so people have had to come up with creative means of growing food inside them. This often includes thinking ...
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What shape most efficiently disperses an overpressure wave from a nuclear weapon?

One rule of architectural design in one of my settings is the prime number rule: a building that abides by this rule can survive a 2-kiloton nuclear surface burst 300 meters away 5 times in a row ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages posed by the structure of an anti-nuclear hemispherical housing installation?

I'm writing a story in Generic Dystopian Regime™. One character lives in a housing block. This housing block is shaped like an upside-down (i.e. the flat part is facing upwards) hemisphere; while it ...
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Would a superhero that weighs 750kg have to be overly careful running around on wooden apartment flooring?

The superhero has magically increased strength but also magically increased weight so that he can utilize his strength effectively and stay planted. The drawback is he has to make sure things can hold ...
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How Do You Get Wood in a World Where Monsters Defend The Forests?

PROJEKT ' IRON SONG ' In the Empire of Tyvertsia, there are many strange and often hostile beasts—bears, mountain lions, sirin, bauk and the like—living among the wildlife of the thick Western forests,...
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secret underground tunnel underneath the city that the emperor doesn't know about- is it possible?

in the draft of my story, there is a city which is the capital of an empire. the empire has conquered many territories, but underneath the city, there is underground tunnels. the enemies infiltrate ...
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What would an above-ground residential apartment designed to negate the effects of a one-kiloton nuclear surface burst at 500 meters look like?

Exactly what it says on the tin: what would an above-ground residential apartment designed to negate the effects of a one-kiloton nuclear surface burst at 500 meters look like? NUKEMAP-2 says that the ...
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Restoring or recycling in a post-apocalyptic setting?

I have been wondering what would be more practical in a post apocalyptic setting, trying to restore the ruins of old (like refurbishing what can be restored and rebuilding over what cannot be and ...
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Constructing a secret villain base - best ways for covert short-range air transport?

I stumbled upon this map of northern Quebec the other day, and what really struck me was just how empty the interior was. No populated places, no roads, no navigable rivers - as far as I know no ...
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Using bodies for materials 2: construction materials

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere. It can be a single one, or millions that swarm the area. The world's ...
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What would be some design features of an international research station built in a perpetual hurricane?

Never mind why there's a perpetual hurricane. This is about a building being built in it. Let's say that there's a perpetual hurricane that constantly "hovers" in one location - say, over ...
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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 kind of house would merfolk build?

In my fantasy setting there is a species of merfolk who live in the ocean. They have hands with human level of dexterity and can live completely underwater. I would want to ask a question about what ...
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Which raw materials would be good for an alternate-history analogue to concrete?

In an alternate history, some pre-industrial civilization as advanced as Rome or China would make mortar, build bricks and construct roads out of a material or an assortment of materials analogous to ...
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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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What would these demons use in place of wood?

Demons live deep in the underworld. The underworld is a strange place: It is a cave system, composed mainly many extremely large caverns, with a few wide corridors connecting them. The ground of these ...
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Could a barrel be made using the full length of tree trunks?

Could a barrel be made with extremely large planks made from the entire length of a tree trunk? Let's say that the trees are about 20m tall. These barrels would be made by the fossorial people ...
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Where should compounds be built for an impending "zombie" apocalypse? [closed]

I have been working on a post-apocalypse world where over 90% of the world’s population died in a “zombie” apocalypse (technically living zombie trope). This apocalypse occurred around 125 years prior....
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Would an underground species of humanoids need a large landmass to make their cities or could they get by with having mostly islands? [closed]

So I have this species of small humanoids called pinokiins(Pee-no-key-inn) that for the most part live in underground structures called bunktresses(bunker+fortress). Most of them are smaller, like ...
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