SimCity players will recognize the term "Arco." That's short for arcology, a massive building that contains all the elements of a city within one structure. Now three ambitious architectural firms have designed a 1200-foot-tall arco especially for New Orleans. Dubbed NOAH (New Orleans Arcology Habitat), this massive triangular-shaped building would be as strong as those leaking New Orleans levees were weak.
The proposal places this 30 million-square-foot monstrosity on the Mississippi riverfront, just across from the central business district of New Orleans. Atop the multi-cavity all which will attempt to be hurricane proof, there will be 20,000 residential units, three hotels, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, plenty of cultural facilities and offices, a 20,000 healthcare clinic, and of course, just for fun, a trio of casinos.
The green structure will be bristling with solar panels, water turbines, wind turbines, fresh water recovery, and a passive solar glazing system. Now all these optimistic architects need to do is find somebody with enough money to build such a fantastic utopia. Click Continue Reading to see a video demo of this magnificent city of the future:
Via Yanko Design