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Buildings on rails

Have a building on a railway
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Have buildings on railway that shift during the day so that at morning they're near a suburb and at night they're near other buildings and at the evening they move towards the suburbs again.
chronological, Jan 30 2020

Bus_20Meeting_20Room [hippo, Feb 04 2020]

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       Well, at least it's not in Other:[General] ....
8th of 7, Jan 30 2020
  

       I suspect there's a limit to how much building you can safely balance on a 4ft-odd pair of rails. Taller buildings will definitely need to tilt into the curves.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 30 2020
  

       You'd need special building rail.   

       I think it could avoid traffic problems.
chronological, Jan 30 2020
  

       //special building rail// Ah, good thinking. Otherwise "We regret to announce that the 7:53 Fitness Centre from Basingstoke has been delayed. This is due to broken-down Citizens' Advice Bureau on the line."
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 30 2020
  

       Radical idea. The building should probably be made of lightweight alloy rather than bricks. If you think of what activities Humans spend most of their time doing, perhaps the best way to start would be a snack bar. Then you could add on to that a restaurant, with tables and seats for the diners to sit and eat their food. Perhaps the next most obvious building to add on would be a lounge, where people could sit in comfy chairs and read a book or check their phones.
pocmloc, Jan 30 2020
  

       // what activities Humans spend most of their time doing //   

       In that case, the first requirement is for sleeping accommodation, and the second for bathroom facilities; then an area in which to consume food and drink.
8th of 7, Jan 30 2020
  

       Surely all those needs are met by a La-Z-Boy recliner?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 30 2020
  

       For many students, unfortunately that is entirely correct.
8th of 7, Jan 31 2020
  

       So, you propose to relieve traffic congestion - by shuffling entire buildings around?   

       Are there no inherent problems with this idea that come to mind if you reflect on it a little?
BunsenHoneydew, Feb 04 2020
  

       To be fair, there's no promise here to *relieve* congestion - only to improve it with extra disorientation and claustrophobia.
pertinax, Feb 04 2020
  

       I think that's a fair ambition - if you can't relieve congestion, make the congestion more entertaining
hippo, Feb 04 2020
  

       Yes, except TfL already own the IP on "disorientation and claustrophobia", although there's no mention of induced enochlophobia, unpleasant biological odours, or enhanced transmission of infectious diseases or parasites.
8th of 7, Feb 04 2020
  

       Quite so, [pertinax], my mistake. In fact there's no stated purpose or promised outcome here at all. This is the very sine qua non of a solution in search of a problem.
BunsenHoneydew, Feb 13 2020
  
      
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