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    The Real Story Behind Sim City’s Arcologies

    Despite the fact they only appeared in one game (Sim City 2000), arcologies remain an iconic symbol of the Sim City series. But just what the hell are they? While appearing in the game as projects from the future, arcologies are very much real, the name deriving from "architecture" and "ecology".

    An arcology is, in simple terms, a superstructure, a single entity that exists to not only house a large number of people in "hyperdense" living conditions, but enable them to be almost entirely self-sufficient at the same time.

    While the idea of an arcology has existed for some time, the concept did not become popular until Paolo Soleri did two things: devote his life's work to actually building one, and coming up with the name "arcology".

    Read the full piece at Kotaku.


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    Very interesting. I had no idea one of these Arcologies was built right outside my hometown. I like the concept of a self-sufficient housing structure, and I can imagine seeing these in the future of modern growing metropolises like Dubai. Well, you learn something new everyday!

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    There are actually a healthy good number of projects being looked at worldwide that would fit the category of being called a Arcology. Urban farms (farms in multistory buildings) are just one indication of our march toward a single structure housing Commercial,Residential,and Industrial. I will look but there is a current project somewhere in the Asia-Pacific that seems like a a Arcology. I think it was being built in Singapore(not sure).

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