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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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Each generation tears down the previous structure built 100 years ago and rebuilds it with their own design.
The building would be constructed of re-usable, even
somewhat modular parts, similar to a lego set in some
respects. These parts would allow any style of building to
be constructed (and de-constructed) fairly easily to
construct any style of building, from gothic cathedral to
mid century modern
and everwhere in between.
On the turn of each century, the citizens would pay
to the goings on of this public building over the last
century, then begin the ceremonial de-construction and
construction of the new generation's vision.
Far from being disrespectful to the previous builders,
tribute would be paid to their great work through the joy
Can we match, even surpass the beautiful architectural
creation of the previous generation? Also, it would be
expensive so the message would be: "Previous
had a sound enough economy to be able to spend money
on a fun project like this. Do we still have disposable
income like they did or are we spending all our money on
national debt, or frivolous wars?"
The idea of doing something beautiful that will only be
here for a limited time might have some kind of
philosophical import as well. I'm not a fancy lad so that's
beyond my scope of thought, but people might get
something from that.
For emphasis, 95% of the building would be re-used so
the main expense would be manpower.
||Just want to add, this has nothing to do with and is no way a
commentary on the horrible, horrible fire that damaged an
incredibly beautiful and historical landmark in Paris. That's a
tragedy, period, but it got me to thinking about how
rebuilding something from the past could potentially be a
||The ability to cleanly deconstruct, saving as many usable components, sounds a very sane and forward thinking idea. Even if it is not helpful for short term financial gain.
||those pyramids need a more modern look.
||Dear Doctor, I think that you are right about repurposing.
However, I'm not clear on how reusing the elements used
first time, over and over again each century, would sustain
the structure in a mighty wind or earthquake, or even
||Time would have taken it's toll on the ability the building
has to withstand extremes. And it looks like extremes
might just be what we are going to be dealing with,
weatherwise, in the
||So in a nutshell, are you prescribing disposable buildings,
knowingly built not to withstand time, but with full
knowledge that they will crumble?
||The modular elements would be designed to last
thousands of years and to stand up to repeated
assembly and disassembly.
||That being said, if a building design collapsed on
generation's watch there would be great shame
upon that generation. Presumably sound structural
engineering will be carefully considered with each
||Hmm. Thought this idea would be more popular.
||Ehh, too soon aftere the Notre Dame thing. I can
||You could do the same thing with ideas. For example after 100 hours this idea could be disassembled by its readers, and the letters and spaces re-assembled into a new idea better suited to the more enlightened times of 100 hours hence.
||I ran the cut and pasted text of the idea through a
"Paraphrasing tool" that changes words but not the
meaning. Here's the computer re-written idea:
||The structure would be built of re-usable, even
fairly secluded parts, like a lego set in certain
regards. These parts would enable any style of
structure to be built (and de-developed)
reasonably effectively to develop any style of
structure, from gothic house of prayer to mid
century present day and everwhere in the middle.
||On the turn of every century, the residents would
pay tribute to the goings on of this open structure
in the course of the only remaining century, at that
point start the formal de-development and re-
development of the new age's vision.
||A long way from being ill bred to the past
developers, tribute would be paid to their
incredible work through the delight of rivalry.
||Would we be able to coordinate, even outperform
the lovely building making of the past age?
Likewise, it would be costly so the message would
be: "Past ages had a sound enough economy to
have the capacity to burn through cash on a fun
undertaking this way. Do despite everything we
have extra cash as they did or would we say we are
burning through the entirety of our cash on
national obligation, or paltry wars?"
||Doing something lovely that may be here
temporarily may have some sort of philosophical
import too. I'm not an extravagant fellow so that is
past my extent of thought, however individuals
may get something from that.
||For accentuation, 95% of the structure would be
re-utilized so the principle cost would be labor.
||OK, same problem as language translation programs.