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Architecture in scifi

An idea I came up with for the cities of Traipah would be interesting for buildings here on Earth. You know the staircases in like, skyscrapers, where you go down a short way, turn twice to get to the next staircase, rinse repeat? Well what I came up with is those staircases being stairs on one half and a slide on the other half (the stairs and slide separated by a divider). Thus, if you're in enough of a hurry - say an emergency or you're just late, then you can slide down in short bursts. The slide part is also elevated at the bottom to make getting off easier, and there's a soft thing to catch you and stop you suddenly. So you slide down a little ways, stand up, walk to the next slide, rinse repeat. Could help get people out of a building faster during a fire or other emergency.

I'm still trying to work out something to help physically disabled people in their cities. One problem is that the people of Traipah tend to build downward when they can. IE, underground. Now there are some cities built into mountains that can build down and still have emergency exits. But that doesn't help the other underground cities. I mean... there could be like, some emergency mechanical (non electric) lift, I guess. But that's not enough, IMO.

The simplest solution would be that, since Traipahni cities also have surface buildings as well as underground stuff, they could just live on the surface, which wouldn't be so bad in a lot of their cities (when they run out of Down to build in, they build Up), but they'd still want to go down into the city proper.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1324379.html
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kengr
Nov. 15th, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
A *big* problem just hit me.

In an emergency, you can't count on power (which is why emergency lighting runs off batteries). So elevators or their high tech replacements are out.

Stairs have the problem that it's a lot harder climbing *up* than down.

btw, another problem with building down. It's a lot *harder. And gets harder the deeper you go. That's because you can't "build down". You pretty much need to dig down as far as you are going to go and put in the foundations that'll support the rest.

Just like that Korean building that collapsed because they added a couple extra stories *without* reinforcing the ones in the original design, you can't just dig new stuff under existing stuff without all sorts of problems. *sigh*

So you have this *huge* hole, and you have to keep the sides from collapsing as you dig deeper.

fayanora
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:53 am (UTC)
Did you not read about the non-electrical elevators I mentioned? They'd use pulleys and counterweights and stuff.

Well anyway, what I meant was they have the bulk of their cities underground when possible. Which, now I think on it, those ones tend to be very old, as they were built thousands of years ago.
fayanora
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:58 am (UTC)
PS
Also, in the time that the stories take place in, they've been introduced to a new building material, crystalanium, which is basically like adamantium. Modern Grah'Bah'Nah'Scia with its huge skyscrapers probably wouldn't have been possible if not for the crystalanium shoring up the underside of the city.
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