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Topic: You May Have Called Another One

From: Dan Defenbaugh
Location: San Diego
Date: 08/26/2008

Hi Greg,

Enjoyed meeting you in San Diego last week. If no one has passed this on to you already, it looks as if they will be building Omphalos in Dubai:

http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/25/carbon-neutral-ziggurat-pyramid-could-house-1-1-million-in-dubai/

Should be an easy upgrade in a few years from real people to popsicles.

DanD

Re: You May Have Called Another One

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

Ah, I'll worry when they start freezing them! This is a beautiful-looking piece of architecture. The pioneer of this concept is Paolo Soleri, of course, with his Arcosanti. And it certainly seems suited to a fuel-conscious world, where distance is money.

Re: You May Have Called Another One

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 09/04/2008

This seems somewhat reminiscent of Peter F. Hamilton's arcologies in his Confederation universe. Of course people will go with this. Or something like it. They already live in such density and like it - contrary to this silly 'Wall-E' notion - this they'll like better.

Re: You May Have Called Another One

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/05/2008

I think most SF writers in the 80s and before used Soleri city ideas in their novels. One of my treasured books is a copy of the massive ARCOLOGY: The City in the Image of Man, signed by Soleri. And of course we can see visual examples in BLADE RUNNER, though these might just be very large skyscrapers.

Re: You May Have Called Another One

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 09/05/2008

I wondered the same long ago about those buildings in BR. Especially as Tyrell lived in one, the Tyrell Corporation building.

Anyways, of course, they'll dig this. People generally like community, and if it's (not necessarily obviously) efficient and (quite obviously) luxuriant, they go ape-shit.

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