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Topic: Thistledown Architecture

From: Jason Taylor
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Date: 09/15/2011

I wanted to get a scale of how big the interior of the Thistledown was at ground level so I drew up a simple scale circle with a 1000 meter tall building in it(Autocad). Then I realised the buildings along the arc would be smiling subtlely at the inhabitants when looking down the axis at ground level. Each floor would have to follow the gravitational(centrifugal or is it centripital?) force arcs and the higher the floor would make it slowly get narrower by about 2% for the first 1000 meters. This is hardly noticeable in the drawing.
Each building, if following the force lines, would point toward the plasma tube and look like small hairs growing toward the ever present light. Or, I guess, if they were megas, be mushrooms growing toward the light.
Ground level walking would be interesting as well. Your destination would be continually over your eye level when walking spinward or anti spinward, making the people have a habit of looking up.
Thanks for the premiss for a thought experiment.

Re: Thistledown Architecture

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Terrific perspective, Jason!

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