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What's the longest cantilever (sideway protrusion) that can be achieved using pre-industrial technology?

In my setting the entire world is a vertical wall, so I've been thinking about what might pass for a watchtower in such a setting, and come to the idea of a watchcantilever, a "horizontal tower&...
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Why do I still want insect screens?

I have magical insect repellent that prevents nuisance1,2 insects from landing on me, biting/stinging me, or congregating within, say, 1m of my face. Would I still want to employ insect screening on ...
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Natural door-furniture for wombat-poop architecture

Real life It is a biological fact that wombat faeces are approximately cube shaped. Wombat poop: Scientists reveal mystery behind cube-shaped droppings It is also the case that wombats tend to make ...
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What kind of building structures could a group of eleven people make whilst stranded on a tropical island?

I'm just curious to know what kind of structures a group of people would make on a tropical rainforest island. Context After an incident in the beginning the story these eleven young people (young ...
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Plausible reasons for Hovertanks

A less common, but still cool (imo) feature of science fiction is hover tanks. Be they using antigrav, quad-copter style rotor blades or just the inflatable skirt of modern hovercraft. However, they ...
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How much engineered “sand” I would need to build an Orbital Tower that reaches the ISS?

Well, I do know that there are questions about space towers that have already been asnwered, however, none of them with today's technology, such as engineered sand. "Sand Castle Holds Up A Car! - ...
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What would make swamp infrastructure viable?

I have a group of humanoid shapeshifters who live in the swamp. Although potentially irrelevant, they can shift between alligator (American Alligator) and human form either at will with significant ...
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In a 12-Pointed Star Wall, Which Shape Would the Inner Wall Be for Maximum Defense?

In this generic scenario, there is a settlement protected by both an inner and outer walls. The inner wall protects an area of 72 hectares. Both walls are 40 feet tall and thick and made of brick. ...
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Statically Charged Sand Castles

So I read an article on the sand on Titan and its static properties. To sum up the article the gravity and atmosphere there make it so the triboelectric effect isn't overwhelming like it is on Earth, ...
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How much would take and cost to construct a building/tower that reaches space? (with todays technology) [duplicate]

I am aware that there is a concept called "space elevator" that would be a much cheaper and more efficient option of reaching space with a construction (even though we don't have the ...
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Logistics of a steam-powered subway system

I'm building a steampunk city, and I wanted to include an underground subway system, where things like goods and people might be transported to different parts of the city. But the logistics of ...
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How to design a secure private estate that can be stealthily infiltrated and exfiltrated? [closed]

I am trying to design a present day environment which is semi-realistically secure but at the same time has some realistic weaknesses that can be exploited. The aim is for this weakness(es) to allow a ...
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How to design and build a fortified compound in a 12-hour daylight period?

Situation Overview: A group of 16 (actually 100, but the others aren't relevant here) people have suddenly found themselves transported to a different world. It’s a hybrid setting, with tech and magic....
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How do intelligent spherical creatures build houses?

Imagine there is one intelligent species known as balli, they are as big as a basketball and can communicate to each other by emitting lights. They do not have mouth as they can absorb energy directly ...
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Putting locks on a strait between the sea and a large bay to prevent tides

My planet has fairly large tides, with the difference between high and low tide being roughly thirty meters, and the spring high/low tide different being roughly sixty meters. There is a civilization ...
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What options does my hero have for burning down (or otherwise destroying) her house using means readily available? [closed]

My hero is a young female adult who's fascinated with old houses, so she bought one. The date is just "very old" and it is recognized as an historic building. Assume this is in the United ...
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Can a water transport canal be excavated by water power?

Situation: A very large reservoir of water exists raised up above a large expanse of almost flat land. From the bottom of the reservoir the land falls away at a very gentle gradient of ~1 in 10,000. ...
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Creating a Colosseum to hold sports events with good viewer experience and maximum efficiency using up to 16 century tech

The background is simple. An emperor wants to create a more splendid colosseum than the one they have but tasks the engineers making it with the following: The court or field is about a 100 by 65 ...
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Can my preindustrial civilization control an artificial water flow on the scale of the Mississippi?

Extending some of my earlier questions How to stop a massive canal system from silting up? Roughly how much water would my desert civilization need every year? My preindustrial* society needs to ...
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Water wall against naval invasions

Setting: a large sea that can only be accessed through a waterway. The waterway is about 15 by 15 kilometers but blocked off by a giant wall stretching from nearly one side to the other that is about ...
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constructs of sentient plasma life in a brown dwarf

If plasma life did evolve in a brown dwarf and it did somehow become sentient, what kinds of things could they construct? Would they be limited to just pruning the bigger autotrophs or could they ...
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How to Make Columbia from Bioshock a Reality [duplicate]

This is Columbia, the city featured in the video game Bioshock: Infinite. It stands out in that this city floats in Earth's atmosphere. How? Some sci-fi handwavium called "the Lutece Particle&...
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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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What materials could create a translucent tower?

I’m building a D&D world for a game, and one of the major details I really want to include in this world is the Evil Mage and their tower. The tower is a light blue, 3 stories tall, intricately ...
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Backyard Planetary Escape: From the Earth to the Moon, the Jeb Kerman way [closed]

A pair of aerospace engineers discovers that the New World Order wants to depopulate Earth by means of starting a nuclear war on the 1st of January of [Enter number between 2025 and 2040]. The elite ...
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How long would it take to make three hundred spaceships and an orbital defense system? [closed]

I'm about halfway through a story I'm writing, where aliens invade, beat us up, one spaceship blows them all up, etc, etc, and everyone lives happily ever after. Except they don't. So after they chase ...
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How/why did the layout of a medieval village change over time? [closed]

Within the medieval era, I'm interested in knowing what sort of rules or reasons caused the layout to change from sparse rural villages with a few houses (lots of farmland) to dense sprawling city ...
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Why would a modern city built on flat land in a relatively large country have little to no urban sprawl?

I am making an RPG and am using this image (source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/58916801) as inspiration for a large city. This city: Is located in a country roughly the size of Panama Has ...
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How long can a wooden door last?

The setting I've cooked up for a D&D campaign I'm running features a fair amount of buildings that have been totally abandoned by civilization for hundreds or even a thousand years. Obviously ...
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Massive Medieval structures

A lot of Medieval fantasy works feature enormous constructions. A Song of Ice and Fire, for example, has immense castles like Harrenhal, Winterfell and Riverrun, and of course the Wall. Lord of the ...
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Could Byzantines bridge a deep strait separating 2 continents?

In my book series, there are 2 main continents on the planet Aurea: Koumaris and Louzi. There is a spot here where the 2 continents come very close to touching, separated only by about 2,500 feet (760 ...
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How would roads and buildings be constructed if universe does not allow parallel lines? [closed]

Imagine we are living in a parallel universe where the parallel lines can only exists as imaginary lines just not in the real physical world, how would road and skyscrapers work in such a universe?
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Maximum Size Limit for a Wooden-and-Bamboo Neo-Ziggurat

There is a concern that's been brought up only recently--steel and concrete buildings are environmentally wasteful. In further clarification, they waste away too much greenhouse gases. And ...
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How do you get steel outside Earth?

I'm looking for a more economical and efficient method of making steel for my project Death Star Unlimited, a mega infrastructure orbiting Mars with a mass of 500,000,000 metric ton give or take 1%. ...
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Skysteading: How to build a flying city

I am building a city in the sky; it floats thanks to hot air balloons and hydrogen. The main issue I have is how to make it grow, as this is not some kind of giant structure to start, it is a small(...
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Problems With CNTs and Graphene That Must Be Dealt With Before Using Them to Build Tall Buildings Out of THem [closed]

Buildings of steel and concrete are in big trouble. The building's steel bones rust when exposed to moisture. When rusting occurs, the steel expands. If the steel rusts from inside a concrete shell,...
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Most optimal hallways with random gravity inside?

Lets say you have a space ship. This ship will do a lot of maneuvers causing a lot of G forces to go in different directions through the ship. During straight acceleration it pushes the people inside ...
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How to ride a fish?

In my world, there are giant fish, reptiles, and bugs. My question is, how would you be able to put a harness or saddle on a fish? Info: Swamp bio being ridden by humans Fish range in all different ...
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Would it be possible to build a submarine-like city?

I mean as in a city that is not situated at the bottom of the ocean but is not floating on the surface of it either. What would a plausible size and population size be for this kind of construct? ...
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What would be the seasonal impact on the indoor climate of a giant dome habitation? [closed]

I am writing about a city inside a dome which protects it from an inhospitable environment. I would like the dome to have it's own self-regulating ecosystem, at least enough to provide rainfall ...
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How NOT to Turn Volkshalle Into a Rain Factory

This is a model of Volkshalle, the People's Dome, part of a vision of "Germania" by Adolf Hitler. But the tides of war had washed Germania away, yet this and other architectural plans by Albert Speer ...
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Architectural feasibility of a tiered circular stone keep

I have created in my world a keep that lies inside a walled courtyard. Artistically I have designed the keep to rise in three tiers not unlike a wedding cake. (Though the castle is made of stone ...
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What would a cyberpunk apartment building be built out of?

The setting is a classic layered mega city type deal, lotsa concrete and steel and oily dirty pollution. I've got some non-fantastical options to work with. Steel frameworks, sheetrock, fiberglass ...
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Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out of ...
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Could Devils Tower Be the Model for Rapunzel's Tower?

Many adaptations of the Brothers Grimm tale of Rapunzel have come up with ways to make Rapunzel's tower so unscalable that the only way up is to ask her to let down her very, very, very long hair. ...
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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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Using Molten Metal as Mortar--Would it Work Today?

So I just got back from watching an episode of the Science Channel program Unearthed, a show focusing on archaeological discoveries. In the episode in question, the subject was on the Lighthouse of ...
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Practical uses for a city on top of another city?

So I was playing Deus Ex and came across Hengsha, a city so large they built another city on top of it. This got my mind wondering about the practical uses of such a city. Let's assume that the ...
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Structural integrity of “The Wicker Elf”

Menzoberranzan is a large, elven nation of Drow that worships an ancient pagan religion that revolves around quasi-Wiccan traditions. This nation worships a religion revolving around nature with a ...
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Floating Pumice Road. Slab Size

So based on the question can pumice stone be use as castle material on water? I wanted to take pumice and use it to construct a floating road, so my Lava People can safely travel from one volcanic ...

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