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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What type of infrastructure would be needed for an upside down city in a cave with a giant freshwater lake need if the the trade is a school/college?

Details In my story I have the thief school/college which built a city, or if you asked others was built because of the city (It was so long ago nobody knows.), underneath the capital of Mafalia by ...
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How long would it take a city to starve? [duplicate]

In the dystopian story that I’m writing with my dad, there are two races of people: humans and mutants. The dictator of the only surviving state finds out that his son turned into a mutant and ...
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Passive Cooling Techniques for Apartment Buildings

Okay, so I'm building a world with an empire originally based out of an arid/semi-arid (Sahel type) ecoregion. As the empire expands, it will eventually shift its capital to a more temperate climate, ...
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Why dummy skyscrapers used to trap large monsters are being demolished one by one? [closed]

Occasionally a large monster as tall as Empire State Building would emerge from the sea and goes into a rampage as it moves inland, we know this city lies in the middle of their migratory path and ...
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How close could a RADAR/radio telescope be constructed near a town?

I'm working on a story set in the early 2000's and an integral part of the story is a large telescope array in Nevada, that uses both passive radio observation and active RADAR transmissions to ...
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Is it realistic for a town to completely disappear overnight without a major crisis and massive cultural/historical impacts?

I was inspired by this question which talks about feuding clans of immortals in an urban fantasy setting trying to wipe out each other's cities while under a masquerade. There's a lot of this kind of ...
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What's the largest space ship that couldn't support its own weight?

In my story I have a space ship, constructed in orbit around earth by an advanced artificial intelligence, large enough to be a generation ship. This ship was never designed to land on a planet. The ...
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What would be the best city in the U.S./Canada to live in for a supernatural being trying to exist undetected from humanity?

I am wondering if there are any specific cities on the North American continent (not considering Mexico for the moment being, for reasons detailed below) that supernatural beings trying to live hidden ...
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How can a barren island state comprised of morons maintain positive GDP for decades?

Moronland, an island as big as New York, population at least 2 million had little natural resources no fresh water and no oil. The locals worship Koalemos and they have a very strict law which states ...
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I need a systematic way to consider all crucial factors when building different kinds of near-future cities

I'm crafting the worlds and cultures of my own Alien societies and a near-future human world (near-future Earth), it's the first time I've attempted this in detail. Everything I've found so far about ...
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When starting a new village, what are the sequence of buildings built?

Obviously I know that everyone who is living there is going to want a house but what comes after? Do they build a butcher’s building next or maybe a blacksmith’s building? And what comes after that? ...
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Fantasy Zootopia: Ooze People

My world: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating Most of the races have been accommodated now. Anything the Taurs need (Adjustable seats, wider sidewalks) accommodate ...
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What is a better design for a floating ocean city - monolithic or a fleet of interconnected modules?

Assume that the city is about 1-3 kilometers in diameter, built with relatively futuristic technology, and there are no plans to expand it further (If the need arises, they'll just build a second one)....
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Fantasy Zootopia - Races with both WIngs and Tails

A Continuation of this: Fantasy Zootopia: Taur Races I want some idea on how the Pterians and Drava (From this: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating) would be ...
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Fantasy Zootopia: Taur Races

Okay, for my D&D game, I'm creating a 19th Century world. I have some stuff here: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating (For Trains; Read Accepted Answer) 19th ...
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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 can one plan structures and fortifications in advance to help regaining control over their city walls?

In my fantasy world, I have a really, really big city where trade and people flows are done through magic gateways. Partly as to not let whole districts suffocate in poverty (among other bad things), ...
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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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Plausible design/size of flying cities?

Setting The setting was a tropical, Mars-sized, ocean-covered world that has completely frozen over. Over the span of several years, the mean global temperature had dropped to below 200 Kelvin. Ice ...
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How big can a town get before everyone stops knowing everyone else?

In small towns, people often say that everyone knows everyone. While probably not literally true (for all but the smallest towns), the rate of interaction between members of the town is still high ...
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Dusty city living

I am writing about a magical-realistic city in Latin America that is very dusty, See: A brief introduction for visitors How do modern humans adapt their lives to urban environments with frequent dust ...
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How would a large solitary nectivorous species develop a society?

I'm having some trouble with my species, specifically whether or not if or how they can form a society among themselves. I question if they could have developed permanent settlements where their ...
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Plausible age for the ruins of a modern city skyline

The setting is some indeterminate amount of time in the future. Humanity has had a rough recent history being rocked by wars, disease, and natural disasters and the current iteration of civilization ...
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How long would it take to dismantle a city by hand?

The end has come and gone, and the survivors of humanity have adopted a new religion - dismantling the sins of the past. Dismantling the cities, roads, towns and relics of the past by hand. The ...
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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 a medieval village in an arctic area look like?

The setting is a fictitious continent set in a medieval world (1200-1400 A.D.). It resembles the shape and size of Greenland. The land is covered with glaciers, ruled by months of darkness in the ...
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Size of a flying city based on dirigibles

In my world I need to create a city that permanently floats in the air. My idea was to create a sort of trading center where the dirigible-like airships in my world can dock and trade. Over the course ...
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How to hide a city?

There are about 1000 people, with medieval technologies, that want to build a hidden city (so other people can't find it, or with minimal chance). They must: have access water have access to food ...
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Class system economy

I want a class system in an enclosed citadel with Roman times technology. It is based around the idea that the farmer class work the land to bring food to the entire country. All farm lands are ...
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How could an underground city hide its existence for potentially thousands of years?

After the fall of the lizard empire, most of the lizard people fled to Node to avoid genocide (This is in the Lovecraft universe, racism is mandatory). In short order, this former bomb shelter became ...
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Population spread of frontier settlements [closed]

Here's the situation... In 1000 BCE 5000 people from 13 cultures each are transported to a whole other world, for a total of 65000 people. These culture group together and divide up so that we have a ...
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What would be the an avarage and/or realistic population density be for an medieval based city?

I'm currently building a world for a medieval based D&D campaign (i know super original) and I'm trying to make my cities as realistic as i can. Right now I'm planning on making a city in the ...
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How to make a self-sustaining necropolis?

My living friends. I'm a Lich, a wizard that became a undead and obtained immortality, I am looking to build a necropolis for me to be its king, I chose a distant city to turn it's inabitants into ...
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How would you design Turn-Signals on a Flying Car?

When designing a flying car intended for congested city routes with slow traffic, should turn signals indicate all possible directions. In most sci-fi, I've seen designs that have no turn-signals or ...
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How long could a city that is completely cut off sustain itself? [duplicate]

I have a city, and let's say this city gets cut off, Berlin '45 style. Nothing in, nothing out. Classic siege. I want to be more specific than that though: Suburbs won't be in it, it will be all the ...
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Is it a good idea to build floating city on water?

Let's say in a post-apocalyptic flooded Earth, the land is becoming more crowded and more scarce as the sea levels rise. So a countries government decides to build a floating city that expands ...
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Urban design that counters shapeshifters?

Set in the present day Shanghai, China. Humans co-exist with another intelligent species with the ability to shapeshift at will, the shapeshifters like to morph into various objects (both animate and ...
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What would people in early civilization with magical food source do?

So, on a large (20-25 000 km^2) island, there is a lake, and in middle of that lake is a small lake-island, where there is a city of 9 thousand Skrits. These poor folks built their city on top of a ...
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Floor is lava, need answer

Imagine a tsunami of lava has flash-flooded cities. Oddly enough there weren't eruptions or earthquakes, just a sea of molten rock covering every inch of road, street pavement, what have you. ...
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How would a company take over a secret/private city realistically?

I've been trying to rewrite a novel I wrote in high school, but this time actually have it make (some) sense. Basically there's a decently sized company in the novel that takes over a private/secret ...
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Can all citizens/residents of town/city be wealthy? [closed]

Was just reading a bedtime story to the kids where there was an isolated small town and "everyone was wealthy and happy" and that got me thinking, can it actually be true? If everyone is "wealthy", ...
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How long would it take to build up a town after it has been reduced to rubble?

I am creating a world with roughly medieval levels of technology (It is actually in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign) and the world has just been almost destroyed. A city has been flattened to the ...
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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 ...