_____The Simtopian Dream
Simtopia features several recent models by our SC4 CGI artists, mostly commercial and residential towers, using the IRM for industrial support, and including a wide selection of floral MMPs for landscaping. I focused mainly on tall buildings, landscaping and layout, painting 2.5 GB of plugins on the SC4 canvas while running the simulator at cheetah speed in heavily-modded mode. I wanted to study how tile-sets, custom content growables and ploppables function in the simulator.
In the lower right corner of the Simtopian Dream banner region is the Sky2222 on a small tile, it is the tallest fictional building I've ever found on the STEX.
_____The Eve of Simtopia
Simtopia is a utopian idea inspired by civil design and philosophy as early as 320 BC in the Mediterranean. Based on the concept of justice, engineering continues to enable construction of modern architecture, civil and technological facilities worldwide and in space. Development continues toward the world conceived over 2300 years ago.
_____The Dawn of Simtopia
In the Gaian hypothesis as in ancient Greek mythology, the Earth is considered a living whole and Life and Cosmos are an intregrated system. Thea, meaning 'divine light', the daughter of Gaia, the mother of light, raises the city platform to begin the Simtopian day.
Concrete, steel, and glass, the essential building materials of the modern world and as models rendered in SC4 reflect a high precison of their color, texture and form. The buildings are designed to be both beautiful and functional, and engineering continues to improve their strength against forces of nature as well as balancing with delicate biotics of nature.
_____I. The City Life
In the heart of Simtopia are the venues of civics, culture, sports and entertainment. Busy harbours and streets are kept clean by the use of hydrogen fuel and electric power.
Simtopia is heavily-treed with a variety of parks and cultural sites. Factories are kept small and spaced between stores, offices and housing.
A fresh-water creek meanders through town to the sea from a small mountain where physics and astronomy research facilities are placed around a public planetarium used for entertainment and education.
At night Simtopians attend stadiums for sports and shows, the planetarium displays a live view of the night sky projected by a large radio telescope that filters through the city light. The model used for the large radio telescope is based on the 305 meter Arecibo Radio Telescope, the Nexis Space Ears. (A similar 500 meter radio telescope was more recently constructed in China.)
Art museums, libraries, theaters and archives are arranged in walking distance like on a college campus.
Elevated Inter-urban freeways connect major commercial, residential and industrial centers, buffered by tall trees, many of the tall, well-lit landmarks provide easy navigation through the city.
_____II. The People Places
The freeway loops around the largest stadium, a model of the air supported Tokyo Dome with a capacity of 55,000. Tokyo Dome is similar to BC Place stadium in Vancouver which has since replaced air support with a retractable roof.
A busy main seaport surrounds the outdoor Bailey's stadium, a fictional building in the corner of town with major highway neighbor connections. Simtopia is well connected to neighboring cities which are yet to be developed.
Yurtec Stadium is a functional commercial venue in the tourist district where Don Miguel's world famous Lighthouse Restaurant and Deppiesse's Diner can be found.
The city zoo now converted to a petting zoo with small herbivores and Llamas is surrounded by hobby farms and wineries, and a farmer's market, contributing to agricultural tourism on the city's edge.
A monorail train arrives at the station where visitors can begin a walking tour of the agricultural estates.
_____III. Building the Dream
On the other edge of town light manufacturing and high tech. begin stretching out from the freight rail station.
Apply yourself to the technologies and industries of Simtopia, all applications are well-received and duly processed for the benefit and benevolence of civil society.
Build a world, make it more beautiful and strong than all chaos and waste. Suffer with the light and strive against the darkness.
Those are my offices there in the H1 Tower to the left. The floor spaces of the highrise are very wide, each floor requires many technicians co-ordinating several applications of knowledge and skill.
_____The Simtopian Dream
Credits for the building models would be quite extensive, so I will mention only 5 model makers who have most recently contributed many excellent buildings to the STEX: Diego del Llano, JP Schriefer, Kellydale2003, Jasoncw, and Mattb325, whose works appear prominently in many of the scenes above.
Mods used in the building of Simtopia:
Terrain, Water and Flora used for Landscaping:
Sidewalk NY Slab, Stanley Seawalls, B98_Beach_Extend, BrownRockForeshore, GB Vancouver Island Beach, San Francisco Water, TropicalMossyRock.
BSC Props Jeronij Vol 02 Trees, CPT 8 and 9 Tree Models, Girafe trees, flowers and shrubs, NVBC marina, coral and rocks.