Jun 5, 2023, 1:55 AM
As a city planner, you're always looking for new and innovative ways to build urban centers that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. But the architects behind the new city built inside one giant building might have taken things a bit too far.
The concept is simple: build an entire city—residential, commercial, and industrial—inside one massive structure. The result is a towering edifice that stretches up into the clouds, dwarfing everything around it.
To the uninitiated, the building resembles the ultimate architectural marvel. To the residents, it’s their entire world. They go about their lives in the shadow of the towering behemoth, entirely unaware of the fact that they’re living inside one giant building.
Despite all of this, the planners behind the project insist that the mega-structure wasn't built for the sake of competition or to show off the wonders of modern architecture. Rather, it was built to create a new kind of city that could handle the challenges of the 21st century.
One of the residents we spoke to, John, is delighted with his new life inside the massive building. "Everything I need is right here," he said, "I don’t need to leave the building for anything." From a mall to a supermarket, everything is perfectly accessible to residents of the building.
But while the concept might sound impressive in theory, in practice, it's... well, it's strange. From the outside, the entire building looks like a massive tower but from the inside, it resembles a cross between a shopping mall and an airport—not exactly a serene urban environment.
There are industrial areas where you can grab a quick bite or order groceries, but they don't hide the omnipresent presence of the towering structure looming above.
Nighttime isn't much better. The only option for residents to enjoy the night are the corporate-sponsored events, such as open air cinema or blind dating, inside the building.
But this new city isn't without its charms. For instance, if you forget something in your apartment, you can just take the elevator back up and grab it! No more trekking up endless stairs. Sure, things can get a bit cramped but isn't that a small price to pay for the convenience of having everything under one roof?
The residents we interviewed all resoundingly agreed.
But still, there's something hard to shake about the city. Maybe it's the fact that it’s one giant building, or maybe it’s the fact that the city doesn’t feel like a city at all. It’s more like a dystopian future that has come true, with residents going about their lives without ever seeing the sun or the sky.
At the end of the day, maybe the residents of the giant building don't mind their new life. Maybe they're content to stay inside the walls of the building and never leave. But for the rest of us, it’s hard not to feel a little unnerved by the thought of an entire city built inside a single giant structure.
(A stunning, evocative image of the towering edifice swallowing up the cityscape below.)
This is AI generated satire and is not intended to be taken seriously.