After the asteroid hits, we'll build a post-apocalyptic city inside the crater

Illustration for article titled After the asteroid hits, well build a post-apocalyptic city inside the crater

From destruction comes rebirth. Chinese architects Xiaomia Xiao, Lixiang Miao, Xinmin Li, and Minzhao Guo dream up a world in which a devastating asteroid has hit, and we use the crater as the site of a thriving city.

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The architects are largely interested in how to use the crater space rather than the why of building such a city in the wake of a regional disaster—aside from the symbolism of birthing a new type of habitat that visually "heals" the Earth. They envision their "Crater-Scraper" as a grouping of towers built lower than the surrounding surface, each topped by a opening to let sunlight, rain, and air in. Each individual tower would house some community space—a park, a library, a theater, a stadium, a market, a museum—with residences and commercial spaces around the edges of each cylinder. The solid portions of the roof would be used for vegetable gardening.

The notion of this underground-ish tower living is vaguely reminiscent of, among other things, the underground silos in Hugh Howey's Wool series, except open to the air instead of self-contained. And that brings up some of the challenges of this kind of structure. The architects envision a water collection center on the bottom levels that feeds into a water redistribution (and presumably water treatment) plant. The water redistribution is left fairly vague, but I imagine it would require a sophisticated and powerful system to prevent drainage problems and flooding. I also wonder if they've contemplated including some way to close the openings to protect the towers from inclement weather.

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It's also interesting that, while the architects envision this as a revolutionary new type of urban living, their concept art sees a rather conventional, sprawling city spreading out around it.

Crater-Scraper is a Porous Structure to Capture Light and Water [eVolo Magazine via Inhabitat]

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Johnnyma45
Johnnyma45

K I don't want to be "that guy", but for an impact crater like that, there's no way that the original buildings would still be standing if they were that close to the edge; the shockwave would have flattened them beyond just the impact site. And no, they didn't just re-build them to the edge, otherwise all buildings would look futuristic like those in the background. And no, it's not a retro thing, because the underground towers in crater site is clearly futuristic.

Sorry, I'm grumpy that it's not Friday yet.