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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007

  • X-Seed 4000: EcoSystem

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Ever imagined a self-contained, energy-efficient, solar powered city to live in? Well, the blueprints are complete.

    The X-Seed 4000 is the tallest building ever fully envisioned, and with its eco-focused internal environment certainly provides a very interesting discussion for all.

    The X-Seed 4000 proposed 4000metre (13,123 foot) height, 6 kilometre wide sea-base, and 800 floor capacity could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants. Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation, as an “intelligent building” the super-futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions. Because it has already been fully designed using materials available today, the structure could, in principle, be built, although it would likely cost several hundred billion dollars, if not more. Because the structure would weigh so much, it could only be built on the sea if present-day construction materials were used.

    Unlike conventional skyscrapers, the X-Seed 4000 would be required to actively protect its occupants from considerable air pressure gradations and weather fluctuations along its massive elevation. Its design calls for the use of solar power to maintain internal environmental conditions. Some estimate that the cost to construct the X-Seed 4000 structure may be somewhere between US$300-900 billion, in current dollars. However I will not be surprised to see this being eventually built in Tokyo, Japan.

    Michael of Accelerating Future concludes his thoughts on the design:

    The X-Seed 4000 sounds an awful lot like an arcology, that is, ecological piece of architecture that would contain its own dependent ecosystem as well as human housing. In the long run, as buildings grow to such huge sizes that they become cities unto themselves, the integration of plants and animals will be essential for the preservation of human sanity and basic aesthetics. Eventually the Earth’s surface could become entirely covered in such structures.

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“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” - Buckminster Fuller

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  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
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