15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

by , 10/08/10

francesco lipari, ofl architecture, srme, silk road, china, green architecture, eco architecture, sustainable architecture, green design, sustainable city

OFL’s vision for the new Silk Road is made up of two main elements: highly sustainable and habitable towers and a vast railway system. The towers will be composed of three different types of skyscrapers that will be a median height of 400 meters tall. The second element, the railway system, will run along the traditional “Silk Road” as well as a new line of public transport with trains that travel on polarized gravitational fields.

In order to take advantage of the surface area of the SMRE, its skin will be composed of an innovative system made up of a titanium dioxide-based cement that will be able to significantly reduce atmospheric disturbance using a synthetic chlorophyll. The special substance will be able to generate a photocatalytic reaction that produces clean air – about 500 liters of oxygen a day for every 200 square meters of surface. In addition to the air purifying skin, an innovative system of piezoelectric panels will be integrated into the tracks of the rail system, capturing energy created by the movement of the trains and converting it into electricity.

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  1. Erik van Lennep October 9, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I hate it. It smacks of ego-tectural wet dreams, and should such a linear monstrosity ever get built, just imagine the social strife that would result…..and not just episodically and locally, but along the entire length. Who would be \\\”inside\\\” and who left out for instance? What happens to all the richness of local culture, history, habitat, expression, solutions through a industrial architectural homoginization? I can\\\’t imagine such a project being acceptable to most of the communities upon whom it would be imposed.

    And what about the footprint of the materials required? Just the titanium dioxide required for the skin is massive. What\\\’s the energy footprint of manufacturing it? How much titanium is even available and at what environmental cost? What are the industrial impacts of processing it? Ask similar questions for the other hi-tech materials demanded in such quantities.

    What about maintenance, repair, replacement, upgrading? Commitment to such a massive expanse of trendy technologies rather than a proliferation of locally defined solutions i asking for trouble later on.

    Yet one more example of sustainable design that \\\”doesn\\\’t get it\\\” on basic principles of sustainability.


  2. perfectcirclecarpenter October 9, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I think it is realistic. By the time the foundation is set, the technology requested may become a reality. The developed properties that stand in its way might have decayed by the time this project gets underway.
    For some reason, and I may be becoming a traditionalist, I favor a micronization over the grand scale that this project exhibits. I love a linear city concept, but is there not a way to get all the worker ants of our colony in on this together, with more localized design? Here we have pictures of classic architecture and this giant amorphous structure stringing through it, as if we are to be rushed past the picturesque setting that is the past, but truly the only difference is the speed and quantity of information we acquire. The debate is still out on the quality of that information.
    Perhaps when they finish this project there will be invented a teleporter device that can beam anyone anywhere. And everyone will prefer to live in pods 500 feet below the surface, where it is quiet and stable, with plenty of privacy. Anything is possible given the proper amount of time.
    But when I look at this project, I have to wonder what are the odds, is there a single corporation that can afford the effort to build this? I believe that China can do it.

  3. sevenbrane October 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    You should really pay attention to what you are posting here. This thing is pure science fiction, readers should understand that. I’m a phycisist and trust me, there is no such thing as a train running on polarized gravitational fields, nor will there ever be.

  4. IndoSolar October 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    What the hell is a polarized gravitational field? Archidude is right, these “design competitions” are really just about the BS. Let’s invent terms like we’re the screenwrites for Star Trek then slap “Green” on it and call it innovation. This is right up there with the Dubai Pyramid City, and a number of other waste-of-time articles listed on this site. I love inhabitat, but they really can scrap these kind of articles. We come here for REALISTIC green architecture, fashion, etc. Not fairytales.

  5. Archidude October 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

    “polarized gravitational fields” eh? Are these competition things there simply to invent new forms of b.s. for public consumption? Working from this model it seems I could have won instead by proposing 600m tall buildings, a system of teleporters, and cold fusion power generation.

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