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  • From building a colossal pyramid over Tokyo Harbour to ¬¬¬¬¬¬covering Manhattan

  • with a giant dome, we count ten shocking construction projects that almost happened!

  • 10 – Dubai’s ‘The World’, • Dubai is the capital of weird building

  • projects and this project, known asThe World’, looked set to be one for the ages.

  • That was until a shift in the economy caused plans to fall through.

  • The concept behind The World was to create a set of islands shaped like Earth’s continents

  • off the coast of Dubai. These islands would then be sold off and lived onpresumably

  • so megalomaniac rich folk could roleplay ruling the world or something.

  • Construction of the islands was completed, but the associated structures were left unfinished.

  • The project has now stalled out for so long that the islands are starting to erode into

  • the sea. It seems that The World, like the real world it’s based on, is slowly going

  • to shit. 9 – Vertical Farming,

  • Vertical farming is a sci-fi inspired solution to the very real problem that we

  • might one day run out of fertile farming land. The idea is to grow crops in purpose-built

  • skyscrapers, utilising all that wasted vertical space.

  • Vertical farming offers floor after floor of farmable land and a controllable climate

  • that could be used to grow seasonal crops all year round.

  • The Dragonfly is a proposed vertical farm that is shaped like a dragonfly wing and situated

  • in the middle of New York City. Unfortunately, the technology required for sustainable large-scale

  • vertical farming hasn’t caught up with our aspirations yet, so it remains a pipe dream.

  • 8 – Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid, • The Mega-City Pyramid is a Japanese architect’s

  • proposed solution to Tokyo Harbour’s overpopulation. It’s basically a giant, floating pyramid

  • that could easily house over a million people and fit 100-storey skyscrapers inside it.

  • The Pyramid is planned to be made up of five trusses stacked on top of one another,

  • each one roughly the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Eygpt.

  • If built, it would be the largest structure on the planet. Of course, its size is so great

  • that none of the construction materials we currently use could withstand its immense

  • weight. If even one truss failed, nearly a million people would be crushed or drown.

  • There’s also the obvious risk that something this size will attract Godzilla attacks, so

  • for now this will have to remain something you see in an anime.

  • 7 – Sutyagin House, • In 1992, Nikolai Sutyagin grew tired of

  • his home in Arkhangelsk, Russia, so decided to make some expansions. He added an extra

  • floor, and then another, then anotheruntil before he knew it he had world’s tallest

  • wooden house. • At its peak, the eccentric Russian’s

  • home was thirteen stories and forty-four metres high. Nikolai was never satisfied and wanted

  • to add more and morethat is until he went to prison. When he got out, he no longer

  • had the funds to support the construction, so the house rotted and broke down around

  • him. • Arkhangelsk’s city council deemed it

  • a fire hazard and eventually forced Nikolai to dismantle his wooden castle. All that remains

  • now is the regular-sized original home, a few pictures and some salty, salty tears.

  • 6 – Project Chariot, • Project Chariot was a misguided construction

  • project aimed to widen the Panama Canal and dig a harbour in Alaska. This would be accomplished

  • by US forces dropping nukes. • This proposal came shortly after H-bombs

  • were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Amidst all that pesky bad publicity, the US was looking

  • for a way to prove that atomic weaponry could be used for peaceful, productive purposes.

  • Fortunately, the project never eventuated because of people living in Point Hope, a

  • village fifty kilometres from the proposed bombing site. They’d heard of a little thing

  • called radiation poisoning and refused to buy into the government’s lies that no harm

  • would come to them. They staged a massive protest, which ultimately led to the project

  • being canned and moved to the Nevada desert. 5 – Paris’s Road Tower,

  • In 1937, a 700-meter tallbarber pole-styletower was proposed to be installed in Paris.

  • The top of the tower would be a hotel, which people could reach by driving up a road

  • that spiralled around the tower. There was also going to be a 400-car capacity parking

  • garage on top, a restaurant in the middle and a monorail system that would slowly lower

  • cars to the ground. • Fortunately this insane accident magnet

  • was never completed. 4 – The Manhattan Dome,

  • Domed cities were a staple of science fiction in the Sixties, so it’s not surprising

  • that Buckminster Fuller, an architect from that time, proposed doming one of the most

  • famous cities in the world: New York. • The dome would cover most of Manhattan

  • and filter pollution out of the air. The dome would be kept at a constant temperature, meaning

  • there’d be no need for heating in the winter or cooling in the summer.

  • Unfortunately, no one really went for the idea. The cost to implement it wouldve

  • been astronomical, and, since no one knew if it would really work, it seemed safer to

  • leave domed cities in the realm of science fiction.

  • 3 – Burj Khalifa Fabric Wrap, • This project is by far the least practical.

  • Effectively the idea is to put a giant fabric condom over the world’s tallest building,

  • Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The project would require an enormous sheet that would have

  • to withstand exposure to harsh elements and strain, so it bet it would cost a lot.

  • What function would it serve? None. This is basically just a really expensive, really

  • ambitious art installation. • The lead designer said the project aims

  • tocreate a fluid urban experienceandexplore creative potential in the public

  • realm” – whatever the hell that means. 2 – Plan Voisin,

  • In the 1920s, architect Le Corbusier wanted to completely level Paris, the most romantic

  • city in the world, so he could rebuild it in a very different way.

  • The plan was called Plan Voisin and involved erecting eighteen enormous glass towers. The

  • towers would make up Paris’s business district and would be connected by subway stations

  • and surrounded by an extensive garden city. • Back then, the idea of bulldozing Paris

  • wasn’t all that unthinkable, as the city had become dirty and decrepit.

  • 1 – Freedom Ship, • The Freedom Ship was a huge ship which

  • doubled as a self-sufficient city. First proposed in the Nineties (when stupid shit seemed like

  • good ideas), the 25-storey ship was to travel the globe every two years, stopping at all

  • major ports and having residents disembark by helicopter.

  • The ship would have a 50,000-person capacity and a self-sustaining economy, with jobs,

  • schools, shops and probably a really good strip club – y’know, everything a city

  • needs. • Unfortunately it didn’t work out because

  • very few people were willing to permanently relocate onto a ship -- especially when there

  • were concerns it could be the next Titanic. • Even if all those land-lovers changed

  • their minds, it would still cost $10 billion to get the ambitious project off the ground.

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    林海 posted on 2016/07/05
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