Well I’m not sure what to make of this really. On one hand it looks completely awesome and futuristic, on the other hand it kinda looks like 9 million people are going to be living in a giant shopping centre? Not sure the Saudis are considering (or care about) the psychological implications of living, working and existing for years or decades inside a giant metal beehive. Then again, most people around the world live in far worse and more crowded conditions than this.
Here’s a text description of the project:
Flanked by 500m high mirrored walls, officials say the megastructure will offer up to 9 million residents a temperate climate and short commutes, all powered by 100% renewable energy.
Named ‘the Line,’ Saudi officials say the project is ‘the city of the future’: a car-free metropolis that will run on 100% renewable energy and offer its residents clean air in an ever more polluted world.
It’s designed to host businesses as well as housing inside numerous vertically-stacked neighbourhoods, with residents facing a maximum commute of 20 minutes from one end of the city to the other.
I just can’t wrap my head around an 100 mile long city that is a 20 minute commute from one end to the other. Meanwhile the London Underground takes you an hour and a half to get from one side of London to the other. Still, I’m willing to wait for some reviews from the 9 million or so inhabitants that will be occupying ‘The Line’ once it’s built, before I decide whether it’s a good idea or not. Are they even allowed to say it isn’t a good idea without being imprisoned or beheaded? That might complicate things even further.
For the Saudi millionaire who was cleared of rape after saying he tripped and fell into a girl’s vagina, click HERE.