February 28, 2018
This is Hengsha from Deux Ex: Human Revolution.
A staggering 1.12-million-square-meter megastructure is expected to open in the Chinese city of Chongqing later this year. It will consist of eight skyscrapers connected by a gigantic sky bridge.
Known as Raffles City Chongqing’s ninth ‘horizontal skyscraper’, the sky bridge, or ‘The Crystal’, is said to be one of the world’s highest. It is 300 meters in length, 32.5 meters wide, and 26.5 meters high. The construction is nestled above four of the 250-meter skyscrapers and links two adjacent towers by cantilevered bridges. At night, it transforms into a giant light beam, illuminating the sky with a rousing light show.
I, for one, am stoked to see the development of two-level cities.
There will be a lower-level enveloped in permanent darkness and illuminated only by neon.
You need two things to be able to build futuristic cities like this.
- Lack of space
- Highly socialized people
In America, it was always easier to just build cities that were spread out. Instead of investing in compact downtowns with multi-storied buildings, it was easier to just create urban sprawl and a car culture to get from place to place.
Places like New York though, where space was limited, you saw the emergence of skyscrapers. Same thing with Hong Kong.
This is the conventional wisdom.
But with the Chinese, I think it’s more of a flex. They’re showing off. Trying to create these amazing futuristic cities to show off. They’re also competing amongst themselves, no doubt. Whichever architect can pull off whatever great architectural feat gets state honors and praise for making China cool.
Living in the US, you rarely see such ambitious projects.
All the focus is on “urban renewal. Which is code for gentrification. Which is code for kicking black people out of cities.
Because nothing can be done if your cities are full of niggers.
You have to spend years and thousands of art students’, homosexuals’ and millennials’ lives reclaiming the cities through gentrification before you can make them as cool as China’s (or just livable even).
Niggers have robbed the US of decades of progress in urban living tech, making American cities some of the most run-down, drab and dangerous cities in the world.
We may never catch-up to China now.