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Update 18: To the Martian heavens!
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Before the update, the useless fact of the day
Most of the fictional planetary systems in Science Fiction has a beautiful colourful background, like a galaxy or a nebula.
Sadly, our Solar System is not that interesting. So I decide to download some nebulas from Celestia Motherlode and spice up the Solar System. The Solar Nebula is totally fictional, but it will make the space pictures more interesting.
For now, all the Celestia pictures of planets and spacecrafts will contain nebulas. Here is an example
O.K., back to the update. Today I'll show you the skyscrapers of planet Mars. Building taller and taller buildings was something very common on planet Earth, from the legendary Tower of Babel...
... to the modern Burj Khalifa.
In the beginning of the 20th century, a new kind of buildings appears in the blue prints. This time we are not talking about buildings as buildings, but as little self-contained cities. Those structures named "vertical cities" or "arcologies", large buildings that works like mini cities.
The main goal of those buildings is the reducing the environmental impacts of overpopulation by reducing the size of the cities. Earth, Moon and Mars has their own strategies to solve this problem. SimTerrans preferred the colonization of the seas, buildings underwater and floating cities.
SimLunars constructed underground cities, to protect themselves from the dangers of the vacuum space.
The low gravity of Mars however encouraged the SimMartians to build really tall arcologies, as you can see in previous pictures. The beginning was made by the minorgies, minor arcologies that had all the comfort they need. A minorgy looks like a large apartment building, but it also had some civil services and mini shops. They was not exactly mini cities, but still it was a good start.
With more and more Sims settled on Mars, SimMartians need more and more room to build their cities. But if you build upward, you'll solve your problem. So they did it, building the arcoruses. An arcorus is an 1 mile (1,6 kilometers) hight tower, made by the best materials. They has magnetic elevators and mini rail roads inside them, as well as beautiful indoor gardens.
A newer version of the Martian arcologies are mushparks. A mushpark in a mushroom like building with a central park. This buildings can bring cool views of the city and even more room for the shops and homes, even if it need some less room for the base.
Of course this is only the beginning. More arcologies, bigger and cooler, are coming soon. Stay tuned