Video> Proposed Utopian City Moves Like Clockwork

Friday, July 15, 2011
Clockwork City by T0R0YD. (Screen Capture)

Clockwork City by T0R0YD. (Screen Capture)

“Clockwork City” is the fantastical vision of animator Roy Prol calling for a city of rotating rings that change the notion of getting around in large city. As the video (after the jump) notes, the 3,000 meter diameter “Clockwork City” won’t need cars or even transit since work and home are a mere minutes away, anywhere in the city. The city itself is in effect one large form of public transportation. To get to work, the video notes, “Just wait at home until you see your workplace closer.”

Four concentric rings each 280 meters wide housing offices, residential, industrial, and agricultural/energy zones are traversed by smaller cogs joining them together. Boldly proclaiming “endless movement” complete with the prospect of an ever-changing skyline, it’s unclear how such a “Clockwork City” could be built or sustained. What are your thoughts? (Via Digital Urban.)

4 Responses to “Video> Proposed Utopian City Moves Like Clockwork”

  1. Tosh says:

    I think people are still fighting the last “great” utopia – the garden city.. enough of utopias, especially of that kind, let’s design and dream realistically. That’s what I think.

  2. Tom says:

    Fun, but completely impractical. A city like this could never grow. And how would you provide services? And could you ever get a good night’s rest?

  3. Will Wright says:

    When I was a kid, I day dreamed about cities that had concentric rings of train tracks on the perimeter, and that everyone would have their home on a train. In the evening and in the morning, the train car that you lived on would be within walking distance to where you needed to work.

  4. Mr Sanders says:

    Interesting concept and it seems to be a harkening back to the concentric circle design but ill-fated city of Atlantis.

    The travel methodology is unique and creating a truly zonal city design fascinating.

    I would suppose the rings are supported by large reverse steel conical fan trusses supported by pylons below on a track. Then, as they do in offshore platforms, create a steel box whereby services will be chased & wastes will be processed. Each ring, I assume, will have these services in place and recycling technology would have to step forward like never before; everything would have to be reutilized in some capacity since the ring-city is suspended above the ground, right?

    1. how does the city do commerce with other cities?
    2. A suspended structure this immense, and spinning demands extremely tight tolerances. The ground, Earth, is not homogeneous; the loads are going to be enormous…. how do you compensate for this?
    3. I agree with Tom – how does the city grow. Vertical seems to be the only way?
    4. As the city spins, everything being equal, what do property rights look like?
    Would it be a 99year or till death lease of the property?
    a. You get to move by the aluminum plant twice a day?
    b. Zoning is segregated, great! But what if you don’t want to see a certain
    industry near your home each day?
    c. Processing and Deliveries – how is this accomplished?
    d. Power & Water distribution – how will that be transmitted from ground to
    the user(s) on the rings? I assume magnetic couplers or a central tower
    that spins with the city itself – but how will you make the transference
    since umbilical’s would never make contact long enough to make a dent
    in demand?
    5. Walking makes some sense but what about cycling?
    6. How does the city do commerce?
    7. Ho do people move freely to and from the city? Elevators adjacent to the rotating platforms in between the rings?
    8. how does farming product arrive at market for purchase and consumption?
    9. The residential ring has not enough surface area to service all the inhabitants that must work in the city… as I see it. Some will want homes, some will want condos, others will dwell in the glass towers.

    These are just a few questions I have. Your overall concept is good but a city has a pace, a feeling, and takes on a direction of its own. Growth is not considered. Services are not considered. Though ordered and structured in specific zoning, diversity in zoning gives a city its flavor and intent. Many people don’t want to live in sprawling buildings of glass and steel and would try to migrate to the outer ring, the agricultural ring proper.

    A lot of issues must be worked out [not to mention the drain & strain on material(s) resources throughout the world] but as a growing, thriving city, it would reach a peak saturation and diversity would proceed in decline.

    But keep dreaming!! Dreams or the Idea(s) thereof is what made this country great!!!

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