Friday, May 9, 2008

Termite Living

Think life is tough living in a post-industrial city like Flint, shunned by the government and berated by free-market economists who claim that consumers are rational? Don't worry, things can get worse. Someday we might all be living in "termite towers." Archinect explains:

"In times of manic urbanization and climate change, Eugene Tsui is proposing a two-mile high, one-mile wide termite tower -- the Ultima Tower -- 'designed to be virtually impervious to wind, water and earthquakes, the massive tower is conceived less as an architecture project but as a series of mini-ecosystems within which other architectural projects can be developed.' Oh, and it should be able to hold up to a million inhabitants."

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