One designer’s solution to class conflict caused by blocked views.
The biggest class conflict for coming generations will not be access to good education or medical care. It will be who has the best view. Or that’s what industrial designer Shin Kuo is kind of implying, writing:
But Kuo has devised a solution so tower communities don’t devolve into an Eloi/Morlock bloodbath: a building whose units rotate at predetermined times, giving everybody a 360-degree view of the city.
“Turn to the Future,” as Kuo dubbed the concept he developed at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, would feature apartments sliding on a spiral rail around a central pillar. To prevent huge fireballs, each home’s gas and electric lines would automatically detach before moving and reattach in new ports at its destination. And of course everyone’s front doors would lock before a repositioning, to avoid a horrible rain of bodies.
The far-out idea should please fans of sustainability—it includes solar panels and a regenerative braking system—as well as amusement rides. Apart from the whee! descent down the spiral, when each apartment reaches the lowest slot, a crane whips it up to the very top of the building. Now, writes Kuo, “all people who live in the city will have a chance to enjoy the high quality of living spaces and share the equal view of their city and landscape.”
This feature was adopted from Creator Project / CityLab.