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Old April 24th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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SAHARA DESERT | Tower of Sand | ~450m | ~1476ft | Pro

Architects Envision 450-Meter “Vertical City” in the Moroccan Sahara



French designers OXO Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés have published plans for a 450-meter-high “vertical city” located in the Moroccan Sahara desert.

The concept for the Tower of Sand is to create a mixed-use structure that appears to be carved from rock containing a sustainable town, complete with a hotel, housing, shops, meteorological observatory, heliport, offices, a museum of the desert, and a panoramic restaurant.

The project would use solar and geothermal power and would collect and recycle its own water. The designers estimate that 45,000 cubic meters of water could be collected each year. This would be funneled four kilometers underground, where it would be heated to 100°C and could be used to provide energy for the building.

Within the walls, a central tower would be covered with plants and vegetation to form a vertical garden, surrounded by 192 acres (77 hectares) of floor space.

OXO Architectes speculates that any actual building project might start around 2025.











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Old April 24th, 2015, 12:16 AM   #2
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looks like a potato that's been left in the desert too long.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 12:16 AM   #3
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Wow, this would certainly be a modern marvel. It's an unconventional proposal, that's for sure, but who knows, maybe I get to see something like this in my lifetime. The location would certainly be very good. The Sahara desert is - a few exceptions aside - the geographical location with the most pleasant climate on the planet, not to speaking of its magical, nearly otherwordly beauty. I would absolutely love living in such a building in such a location. It's a dream of course, but every innovation in our history started as a dream. I am taking this proposal with a whole boulder of of salt, but then again, I'm also keeping an open mind
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Old April 24th, 2015, 12:29 AM   #4
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But will it solve the Middle East peace crisis?
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Old April 24th, 2015, 12:52 AM   #5
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I've said this a bunch before but projects like these are why we need a VISION section.

I do like it though, very cool concept
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Old April 24th, 2015, 03:45 AM   #6
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Ugly, fat and unrealistic.
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Lol, this idea's cool but also pretty dumb.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 08:01 AM   #8
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Interesting, but i doubt something like that,will be build. Looks like a vision to me.
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It can be built given there is enough infrastructure and business surrounding it.
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Nice project. Clearly a vision though. Don't see its usefulness, which will be its likely demise.
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The views from the top would be pretty dull.
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Wow, this would certainly be a modern marvel. It's an unconventional proposal, that's for sure, but who knows, maybe I get to see something like this in my lifetime. The location would certainly be very good. The Sahara desert is - a few exceptions aside - the geographical location with the most pleasant climate on the planet, not to speaking of its magical, nearly otherwordly beauty. I would absolutely love living in such a building in such a location. It's a dream of course, but every innovation in our history started as a dream. I am taking this proposal with a whole boulder of of salt, but then again, I'm also keeping an open mind
"The Sahara desert is... location with the most pleasant climate on the planet" I just had to respond cuz it made me laugh out loud.

Yup, pleasant. I'm sure that's why the Sahara has so many things grow there. Its so pleasant its just full of life.

Boy Kanto, you're a good guy, but... that's some crazy shiit.
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The location is the problem. The concept is not bad. Why not build it in any of the many desert cities of the Middle East, or the USA. Had they proposed it in a more sensible location, like Vegas or Dubai, I think people would take it more seriously.
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It's also about humidity. I experienced 40°C in Dubai and 25°C in Singapore. And Dubai was much more pleasant. that said I am a person, who hides in shadows when temperatures hit 20°C in germany already, so when I'm in a hot climate I only survive with a giant hat and 60+ sunlotion as thick as butter on my skin.
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If this gets built , i will start up a window cleaning company and make big $$
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You can't just pump water into the ground anywhere on the planet and get geothermal energy. The whole reason it hasn't been developed commercially yet is because it's a lot of work finding the right location, because you need a thin Earth's crust for it to work properly. I actually just read about that less than a week ago on BBC News (this article), so that bit in the first post made me even more sceptical about this vision than I already would have been.
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You can't just pump water into the ground anywhere on the planet and get geothermal energy. The whole reason it hasn't been developed commercially yet is because it's a lot of work finding the right location, because you need a thin Earth's crust for it to work properly. I actually just read about that less than a week ago on BBC News (this article), so that bit in the first post made me even more sceptical about this vision than I already would have been.
Maybe they should build it in Yellowstone National Park in the USA.

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(CNN) As tourists stroll between Yellowstone's 300 active geysers, taking selfies in front of thousands of bubbling, boiling mud pots and hissing steam vents, they are treading on one of the planet's greatest time bombs. The park is a supervolcano so enormous, it has puzzled geophysicists for decades, but now a research group, using seismic technology to scan its depths, have made a bombshell discovery. Yellowstone's magma reserves are many magnitudes greater than previously thought, say scientists from the University of Utah. Underneath the national park's attractions and walking paths is enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14 times over. Most of it is in a newly discovered magma reservoir, which the scientists featured in a study published on Thursday in the journal Science. It is three to nine miles under the surface of the Earth and is what fuels the geysers, steaming puddles and other hot attractions.
more at CNN
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