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Monday, 01 September, 2008

Pyramid City
(with comments)

In (of course) Dubai: Carbon-Neutral Pyramid City.

"Ziggurat" is the name of the temple towers of the ancient Mesopotamian valley with the characteristic form of a terraced pyramid with successively receding stories. Now the name is about to enter a new phase. Timelinks, a Dubai-based pioneering environmental design company, has chosen it to describe a sustainable city of the future.

The city, in the shape of a futuristic pyramid, will be exhibited at Cityscape Dubai and according to Timelinks, could support an entire community of up to one million people by harnessing the power of nature.

The 2.3 sq km pyramid has many other benefits. They propose that whole cities can be accommodated in complexes which take up less than 10% of the original land surface. Public and private landscaping will be used for leisure pursuits or irrigated as agricultural land.

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  1. By Dave (TDC). Comment posted 01-Sep-2008 @08:44am:
    If you have ever played Sim City you'll know that Archologies cause more problems than they solve. And that was with a max population per structure of 200,000, these with 5 times the population would be even worse.

    What do you mean you draw analogies from games to real life? I drive like in GTA
  2. By Doug. Comment posted 01-Sep-2008 @09:07am:
    Seems that someone with big dreams and too much money has been reading about Le Corbusier’s Radiant City and not enough time visiting Russian apartment complexes or viewing The 5th Element and Blade Runner.
  3. By Eddie. Comment posted 01-Sep-2008 @09:14am:
    Urban sprawl can't be maintained. At least they are trying something.
  4. By Banjo Brad. Comment posted 01-Sep-2008 @10:28am:
    Without reading the entire article, my first thought was:

    2.3 sq kilometers divided by 1 million people is - what? 0.000002 square kilometers per person. Talk about no personal space!

    (he said, tongue firmly in cheek)
  5. By Volt. Comment posted 01-Sep-2008 @01:20pm:
    When the oil money runs out, what an odd wasteland Dubai will be.
  6. By Keith. Comment posted 02-Sep-2008 @01:31am:
    Ziggurat - there's a word I've not heard / used since I was at school.
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