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March 2017



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david bowie black tie - sosostris2012

when the things that make me weak and strange get engineered away.

Charlie Jane Anders links a South Korean planned city that's exceptionally green.

No, really. I think I want to live there.

And so we return to the moundbuilding technologies of our ancestors, and METAtropolis scores a few more points in the predicting-the-future lottery.

269.2 miles to Rauros. After a thoroughly crappy run on Wednesday (My get up and go had got up and went) and a merely lousy one yesterday, today I managed mediocrity! Go me!

Of course, medioccrity now is better than my best was six months ago. So we get points for that.


The Future Soon

Nifty city, thanks for sharing!

(I changed my gmail tagline to that very lyric late last night in a fit of Jonathan Coulton love, and when your post came up first on my friends list the first time I checked LJ today it was a weird little moment of "LJ's not supposed to know that!")
A while ago, I was talking to some friends who wondered why Midwesterners didn't design more tornado-proof buildings. I think building into hillsides and underground came up, since it was noted that the current way of building is useless when it comes to severe weather. I wonder how these would stand up. (Though South Korea probably only has to worry about storms and earthquakes.)

I might, but I am unsure of the window content of the housing. I imagine you put the apartments on the outside, and all the utility stuff on the inside of those spires. Windows are important to me, since I get moody without plenty of light. The plants would help, too.
I think it's some religious reason that requires Midwesterners to live in trailer parks. Of course trailer parks attract tornadoes, so maybe Midwesterners consider their losses to be some sort of sacrifice to their storm god. I'm not sure, I've yet to get a coherent answer from the Midwesterners I've interviewed.
Don't look at me. We had a suburban house with a basement, and my little brother appointed himself Tornado Safety Warden, in that he will insist that everyone go to the basement if the sirens sound. (Previously, my sister just brought the cats down, and assumed all us humans were smart enough to go on our own.)

But, we're transplanted from the East Coast. The ways of the Midwesterner are still strange, despite living among them for many years -- they do things like call soda 'pop' and put ranch dressing on everything.
There's something remarkably Tolkienian about those drawings.

Now that you mention it, yeah. Rather.
I was thinking somewhere between Alan Lee and Roger Dean.

The foliage is a good idea, but for a city of this size, it needs to be multi-functional (edible as well as oyxgen producing) and of many varieties to reduce the chances of pests. Monocultures such as grass and hedges would mean a lot of insects, and a lot of insects usually means a high disease vector particularly in an city as tightly packed in as this. (I've been reading the Urban Homesteader, where they make some awesome arguments for using available space to grow your own food, and how to grow different types of plants in small spaces. Sadly, I moved to an apartment without a balcony so I can't implement all my new knowledge.)

Go argue with her, man. I just like the city.

Tower karst!

Tower karst! Tower karst!

Re: Tower karst!

Yes! I thought that too!
Hmm, looks a lot like Seattle.
If this is the one I read about a couple of weeks back, the problem is that the proposed site is a wilderness preserve. :( Otherwise, oh yeah!