- Some of the highest-demand locations for arcologies exist along the
coastlines of the world. Unfortunately these same locations have high
taxes, Tyranicly oppressive zoning regulations, and astronomically high
land values. This can be solved quite asily by simply moving the arco a
mile or two off the coast. [this idea is partially inspired by the
closing scenes of "the 13th floor"], The scale of arcology makes this
practical, and offers many interesting opportunities for commerce and
Uncle Sam has the Gremlin's touch.
http://users.erols.com/alangrimes/ <my website.
- I have been thinking about floating / semifloating aquatic
arcologies. If you are behind the arcology concept of living with a
minimum of use and damage to the environment, an offshore arcology is
practically ideal. Areas with broad, shallow waters, like the Gulf
of Mexico or the South China Sea, would allow you to place piles into
the sea floor fairly easily, like a permanent offshore oil rig.
Deeper waters could be habited by floating rigs similar to what is
being constructed today. You wouldn't really need any new technology
to do it; the petroleum industry has already done the engineering and
has the expertise. It's just a question of scale.
A hypothetical arcology off the west coast of Florida could be made,
and have an automatic industry of tourism, with cruise ships making
it a port of call. Or, the arcology could run a cruise ship to and
from the rig, using the income to help keep the bills paid. This
would also give you a 'free' resupply route.
The only drawback is that a viable offshore tourist trap type
arcology needs to be very big, and very pretty (which current oil
rigs are not).