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Old Posted Mar 1, 2009, 9:22 PM
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City Canyons

This is a city of the year 2619. Thanks to the UN Agricultural Availability resolution 500 years earlier, every patch of arable land has been claimed for automated farming. Humans were forced to build new cities in the U-classified areas(Unsuitable for resource production). Millions of square meters of city, more than 90% of all buildings ever built, were razed by the reform, leaving only landmark buildings such as the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and Brandenburger Tor, to mention just a few. Many of these have been moved to the U-zones, where they attract millions of visitors.



After a while, the cities where getting so dense that green areas and parks where almost gone. Many cities solved this by constructing platforms on top of the skyscrapers. On these, they put parks and plazas, but also government buildings, and in some places, luxury housing. Most cities ended up looking like this one: A solid block of overlapping skyscrapers, with canyons to let light and air in. Of course, not everyone will get a room with a view, or even a window.



Deep underground, fusion reactors supply mankind with limitless electricity, enabling a tecnocratic utopia of sorts, where manual work is all done by robots. If you were to complain about anything, it would be the lack of space.









As you can see, I've only finished the first canyon. Hopefully I will finish them all and add some surroundings. I also need to create some nicer parks on the platforms. Thanks to toyota74 for the inspiration to continue on this old project!
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Old Posted Mar 1, 2009, 10:03 PM
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Thats cool, but I'm Glad I will be dead by then. Intresting concept
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glad youve brought this project back to where it belongs.those canyons look scary from your aerial pics....they are all black at the bottom,leaving me wondering how deep they go plus i luv the criss cross bridges ....keep postin
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Old Posted Mar 1, 2009, 11:42 PM
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Something out of Bladerunner....
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please please please show some views from the inside of the canyons!
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Old Posted Mar 2, 2009, 4:25 AM
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They destroyed 90% of all buildings? That sucks. I hope that never happens but it would be cool if cities in the future sort of looked like this.
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Very nice and i love your thoughts on future life.
Although if we have endless electricity we should be growing hydroponically in a 300 ft buildings to reduce transporting goods.
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Old Posted Mar 3, 2009, 2:27 AM
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I thought this was such a cool idea that I have started to make my own canyon city of the future. I think we should start a new ssp sketchup competition to see who can make the best canyon city of the future.
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Cool and really well done with all the details!
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Very Coruscanti. I like.
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I really like alll the details you put into this. Niice!
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Looks like Blade Runner on Mars.
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well huggkruka you must a very busy person ,looking forward to next update
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2009, 3:49 PM
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Finished what you might call a city block! This is at the end of the city, where one of the canyons start.





The buildings close to the edge are often luxurious and cost small fortunes, since they have a view of the surrounding landscape.



Approaching the city:



Still need to finish the right side here:



An imposing government building dominates this part of the city.



I'm thinking about extracting some of the more interesting skyscrapers and do some writing-up on them. Kerkythea is acting up and giving me splotches so renders take a long time.
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Awesome concept! But how, may I ask, do your people get around?
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2009, 5:19 PM
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If you want to travel horizontally, there are many train lines criss-crossing the city. Travelling vertically, however, is a lot more cumbersome. Helicopters are the smoothest and most expensive way to get around, but for most people, using elevators is the only option. Installing public elevators is an on-going process which started with the construction of the platforms.

Some buildings:


The library is directly connected to the massive underground archives where relics and books from the old days are stored.


The first residential building to be constructed on the platform. This is the residence of the elite.


A sizeable chunk of the Palace interior is composed of nanocarbon goo supporting the platform above it. It is directly connected to the underground prisons. Economical and environmental criminals recieve long sentences.
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was waiting to see more of canyon city..its getting better and bigger...im sure theres loads of underground trains...hope your computor lets you keep going with this....
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Economical and environmental criminals recieve long sentences.
And politicians to right?

I loooove the way you did the blur around the profile images, simple but perfect. The renders really do seem something of a Sci-fi movie.
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That library has a pretty cool design. Looks like it could be from the 60's, 70's, 80's, or 2000's! Pretty cool and neutral.
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Old Posted Mar 23, 2009, 5:54 AM
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WOW. This is defiantly the most interesting sketchup city so far!
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