Welcome back reader,
I hope you’re all ready for amateur Engineer hour here on the blog, cause for all your sakes I’ve not only gotten creative on this topic, but I’d actually whipped out my old college, TI-83 calculator, and my paltry photoshop skills, (Be nice please :-) ) for the occasion — and I have to say, I’m rather proud.
Today we’re going to continue along on our journey to reinvent the world in a wiser image — so let’s get going right away! (If you need a refresher course on this multi-part series we’re doing, you can find parts 1 and 2 by clicking the numbers you just read.)
And now, without further ado, please allow me to cordially introduce you to, (provided you’ve not already met at that trendy new bar up the street), the worlds tallest building,
“The Burj Khalifa”.
Breathtaking, isn’t it? At 2,723 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa towers over the worlds previous record holder, “Taipei 101“, by an astounding 1,052 feet! This modern marvel would never have become a reality if traditional building practices were employed. Indeed, the architects who breathed life into this behemoth literally re-wrote the book on super-massive structures in order to make it happen. What had come before it, simply could not have worked for the undertaking they’d planned, and, as we’ve said many times prior here on the Blog for the Deranged and Enlightened: Necessity is the mother of invention.
The world needs a change people — and today, I’ve invented something for you all… Sort of, (You’ll see soon enough).
Invention is now our only form of evolution, we spoke on this last time, being that we’ve halted the process physically. So we should look on something like this as if we’ve all just evolved. A new way of doing something we’d done before, only better, is mankind evolving right before your very eyes! Go ahead, take another look at it with that in mind, I swear it makes it all-the-better.
Personally, I can think of no better way to begin rewriting our history, after, “The Great Reset”, by taking direction from one of our last great evolutionary leaps before, well… You know — I seized the world like a Giant etch-a-sketch, and shook the bloody hell out of it! So, again, here we are — nothing on the planet cept’ for a bunch of us naked folk, and we’re all getting hungry, thirsty, and cold. And you just De-throned that dastardly, “Frog”, fellow — good work! Now where were we?
Ahhhh, yes — Food, Water and Shelter. That would be the first thing we’d have to take care of in a new world (for obvious reasons), so — knowing what we know now — how should we do it? We’ll need a form of energy to begin with won’t we, and there’s always Oil… But then again, even though we’ve hit reset, Oil is still destined to run out on this planet. How about we see if we can’t build a society that won’t rely such a finite resource? How about we build something with the Oil that will take us off its dependence once and for all after we’re done?
With this in mind, I attempted to create a prototype city, for our naked denizens of “The Great Reset”, that could displace New York City itself, and all of it’s 8 Million residents!
What you are looking at, is my idea of an ideal city; set into a circle, to minimize travel distances and maximize efficiency. I have inventions for it all, each and every facet of it, and if I took the time to tell you about them all I would have to make this a seven part series right here and now — and being that I’ve already been working on this for most of the day, (That is when I wasn’t covered in Poo — don’t ask), I’ll spare you the details and merely highlight a couple of ones I find particularly cool.
The Central Well will fill with rainwater gathered by gradually pitched pipe segments, and each manufactured segment would be home to a tiny turbine — so that energy would be generated by the waters natural weight and flow, thanks to gravity, and so that broken or clogged segments could easily be replaced. At the center gathering point, I’d like a great pool with a port at the bottom. Periodically, as the weight of the pool became sufficient, the port would release this, “Dirty Water”, deep down into the earth, where geothermal forces would boil and partially cleanse the volume of fluid. Then, as the next jet of water was released into the pressurized tube behind it, the air trapped in the tube between the two would push the old volume up the other side, thanks to the weight of the heavy pool pushing hard down behind it, causing the now cleaner water to come along for the ride back up to the surface. On the way, as it returns to the surface, the water will be forced through minerals and rock to finish the water’s sterilization. In this way I would make a powerless, actually power generating, drainage system, and water sterilizer, for the city.
Other inventions I would love to employ would be this (Same as below), and this, (Another TED talk) — and many others to be sure. But like I’ve said I’ve simply got too much to cover here, so you’ll just have to take my word on it. (But seriously, on your next hour off, go watch those innovations. It’s our very evolution, and we look so cute in baby photos!)
Back to the Burj!
Let’s crunch some numbers! Manhattan has roughly 8 Million Residents, nearly .8% of the world’s population, and they’re all spread across a large area of land that looks like this, (If you’re a high-flying bird with an odd type of color-blindness I suppose):
Since I’m embracing the efficient mantra of, “Build up, not out”, Each of the Buildings that I’d like to use to house the residents in my new city would be the tallest structures that we know how to make — The Burj Khalifa. Taking 4 people to an apartment as an average, (remember — many babies and roommates abound in this city), and giving them all a nice, comfortable, 1,250 square foot area of living space, means in the end that we will need a total of 500 of these behemoths. If you take a look at the 5-O’clock area in my crude Photoshop image, you’ll see how I’ve diced up a segment into a 60 building space, leaving me 20 buildings and 80,000 residents shy — not really a big deal in the overall scheme of things (We’ll give em’ all of Brooklyn and Queens, that’ll shut em’ up .
So, with a roughly 26,250 square foot “Footprint”, on the actual Burj, that boils down to an average width of 162 feet. Add the perimeter of all the buildings, plus all of the roads (I added 1/2 the width, 81′, for each of the eight), and you get our circumference — roughly 14,000 feet. Here’s where that TI-82 came in. Pi x Diameter = circumference — we all remember that. And our circumference, divided by Pi, gives us a Diameter for this crazy city that equals about 4,500 feet. Making all of NYC able to fit in an area that looks approximately like this:
Amazing isn’t it?
Want another shocker? Take a look at this map I found a while ago. It depicts the surface area of the earth that would need to be covered in order to power the globe with solar panels alone.
Now the map maker did not mention the loss of power due to shipping, nor what % efficiency that the panels would run. But that doesn’t matter really, our city would be entirely self sufficient, and if we add the invention from that TED talk I mentioned above — we would be able to power most of the east coast. (we would have problems with light hitting all the windows, but this is all merely rough planning for the thoughts in the blog. We would likely make many more, but smaller versions, of this city.)
If each of the towers had cost us exactly what the original had, and that’s unlikely because efficiency would quickly be established, the 1.5 Billion dollar price tag, times the 500 instances, would cost us a grand total of 750 Billion dollars. Add on the Skyscraper supermarkets I want, with hydroponic and hyper efficient/nutritious vegetables growing on each floor, that’s another 12 billion, making the grand total of this entire city, with all the other gizmos, somewhere in the ballpark of 800 Billion dollars.
Crazy you say?
Remember, we spent $700,000,000,000 (That’s Seven Hundred Billion Dollars), last year on the defense and war budgets…
That could build us, as efficiency grew, at least one of these cities — WHICH RUN THEMSELVES, AND ACTUALLY GENERATE ENERGY — plus comfortably house 8 Million people, EVERY YEAR (In the US alone)…
Again, I find myself inexorably attached to the question, what in the hell are we spending our money on!?
This is surprisingly affordable — that is if we can stifle our blood-lust (Oil-lust?), for only a year; It’s cheap, would employ millions, and would let them live, pretty much, for free… People could take turns being farm-hands, the farms would rotate so as not to kill the soil, and we could be perfectly, locally sustainable. People would have more free time to pursue passions, and the evolution of our kind would be accelerated as such.
I tell ya’, I sure do hear a lot of people from my country complaining that the “Occupy Wall Street”, movement has no concrete aims — so let me make it clear. We are ready for the future. We are ready to grow up. We know that if you give a person the bare essentials, “food, shelter, and water”, rather than forcing them into indentured slavery for their entire lives to earn it, that their goals shift from survival, to something more — INVENTION!
If Invention is evolution, than this is mankind’s goal for the new future.
Currently 40% of jobs can be replaced by machines. I ask you all today: Shouldn’t we let them? Isn’t it possible that we’ve reached a point in mankind’s history where the struggle over survival should be over? A point in History where the work that our forefathers put in before us is finally paying off? We have the capability to make the world a better place. So lets!
This is but one “city”, that I envision for our future.
I am no genius, trust me… But it would work!
I am only a 28-year-old, regular stinkin’ guy, living in a city I just replaced, who felt like tinkering with an idea today.
This is my idea.
Thanks for reading, I look forward to all your thoughts.