Manuel Dominguez’s “Very Large Structure” is a huge nomadic city that can move to different locations in search of work and resources. Reminiscent of Ron Herron’s Walking City and Archigram’s utopian visions of the future from the 1960s, Dominguez’s project takes the concept of large-scale moving city further by incorporating on-board energy generation.
The 560-meter-long structure rests on giant caterpillar tracks which enable it to move from one location to another. A total of 36 crawlers propelled by engines similar to those used in large sea vessels enable it to move. Three levels would house an array of functions necessary for the city to function and accommodate a large nomadic population. The lowest floor would be used as a warehouse and construction area, the middle part would be designated for waste disposal and air conditioning, while the top floor would be used as a living deck.
Despite its size, the city would strive to reduce its impact on its surroundings – the area left behind by the city would be reforested. Dominguez claims that the structure could actually be built – he based it on mechanisms and existing technology from the mining, transportation and robotics industries as well as plans from contemporary eco villages.