Nomadic city that rolls along on caterpillar
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Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

A nomadic city moves from place to place like an enormous tank in this conceptual proposal by architecture graduate Manuel Domínguez.

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

Entitled Very Large Structure, the futuristic megastructure is designed to wheel itself from one location to another to find better economic and physical conditions. Rather than using up the resources of the places it visits, it would be able to produce its own energy and establish new buildings before moving on.

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

"The VLS is a territorial manager, a synergistic machine within its environment," explained Domínguez. "It is not a machine that uses the local resources until it finish them and then leaves to the next one, in fact is the other way round, since its aim is to restore the territory."

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

With a length of 560 metres, the city would be made up of three levels. The lowest would function as a warehouse and construction area, while the middle would accommodate mechanical functions such as waste disposal and air conditioning, and the top storey would be used as a living deck where new architectural structures can be tested.

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

Domínguez says the project could actually be built, as he based it on preexisting systems and technologies that include mining machinery, transport infrastructures, eco villages and robotics.

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

"I think it's feasible because it's made with existing technology but I'm not sure if it's desirable," he said.

Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels

The structure is based on a giant gantry crane. A total of 36 oversized crawlers would allow it to move, propelled by the kinds of electric engines used in large sea vessels.

Elevation of Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels
End elevation - click for larger image

"VLS is a theoretical utopian project trying to be as realistic as it can get, and even though everything is technically calculated as if it was going to be constructed, I perfectly know and assume it's just an assertive investigation," said the designer.

Elevation of Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels
End elevation - click for larger image

"The drawback I guess is the amount of energy and land surface reinforce it will need in order to move," he added.

Elevation of Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels
Side elevation - click for larger image

Domínguez, who is a member of architectural collective Zuloark, completed the project for his masters thesis at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

World Building height diagram of Very Large Structure by Manuel Domínguez is a giant city on wheels
World building height diagram - click for larger image

Via Fast Co.Design

  • Steeevyo

    The 60s called. They want their concepts back.

  • Jeroen van Lith

    Someone photoshopped Archigram. Well done you.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Miyazaki meets Michael Bay.

  • Nerdy

    In French we say “réchauffé”.

  • myths

    Hey let’s complain about students for having some fun!

    Go back to doing some weird blob things so 35 year old architects documenting hospitals and aged care facilities can complain about that again.

    • oldschool

      Hilarious. What kind of response did you / he expect posting this? Sorry if his self congratulatory submission was not fawned over to your satisfaction. Send him a congratulatory note perhaps? With balloons!

  • Daniel

    This is “Mortal Engines” by Phillip Reeves, amazing to see it visualised. Can’t help but feel this city could never be benevolent. Municipal Darwinism is the more likely result.

  • peter

    Before the worlds cities raise on their legs and begin the long battle for resources… it’s now been visualised.

  • jsphrs

    If this city could move across one time zone per day, then my friends saying that they never have enough hours in a day could be satisfied with 25-hour days.

  • Jr

    This is really quite bad.

  • Markus

    These cities are in the film John Carter. For this concept to really work the earth needs to become a barren wasteland though just like Mars… won’t be too long then.

  • Q

    Awesome! I want this for Xmas!

  • yogi

    Looks like he had a lot of fun with this one. Loving the death star in the background of the first shot. Cool factor: 10!

  • sf

    “ATTILA” would be a perfect nickname: “There, where I have passed, the grass will never grow gain.”

  • Trumbo

    It is a fertile landscape plotter, spinning in loops around a deserted area by means of growing season loops. The renders don’t explain this point at all. The project makes some sense only when you consider how the VLS interacts with the land. What is left behind is a different landscape from what is ahead.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Like all mobile homes, this would be gone after the first hurricane.

  • amsam

    The depth of your analysis is staggering.