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Green Ark


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Green 'Ark' could house 10,000 -- and looks like a Slinky! - CNN.com

Russian architect Alexander Remizov thinks so -- and his prototype design, called "The Ark," bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic children's toy, the Slinky.

I find this to be interesting design and intent. Any thought as to practicality? Costs? Also do you think we could see these in the near future?


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It's definitely an interesting concept. As to costs and practicality... I wouldn't know. Do I think these will be used anytime in the near future? Again, I don't know. But if they can be constructed quickly, efficiently and cheaply enough they would be great for disaster victims who need temporary housing. I get the impression that they can be put up and taken down fairly quickly so they don't have to be a permanent structure - unless I misread the article.

I don't think they would become cities per say as the article suggested, at least not anytime soon, but sort of modern industrial apartments/condos with a green twist might be popular in the right locations.


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I love the idea and I really hope that it turns out to be practical. This would work great for dense countries like Japan that need to maximize efficiency in their residential areas. I wouldn't mind living in a suburb full of these.

They would need amazing air recirculation systems along with honest police to keep order. The entire thing would need a super efficient way to avoid fires, too. One fire would ruin an entire city of 10,000.


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I've always been fascinated by the idea of these self-contained cities, and I think it's likely they'll become a reality at some point. However, I don't think it's something we'll be seeing in the near future. Like Steve said, they're great for maximizing space while also reducing our impact on the environment.


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That's a fantastic concept. I really like it. My initial thought was that I wouldn't want to live that enclosed, but it has a lot of benefits because it is enclosed. I would definitely live in something like that.

Like Steve and Echoes, I don't see this realising any time soon. Probably not even in our lifetime.