Saudi Arabia’s planned mirror city, which wants to score with sustainability, new mobility approaches and vertical life, is an ambitious concept. To do this, a 170-kilometer swath would have to be cut into the desert and the resulting city would have to be built and maintained at enormous expense, which currently does not seem realistic. Read more about this below.
Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco is currently the most valuable company in the world with a market value of over 2.4 trillion US dollars. Such companies and the raw material deposits give the country the option of having visions that are not financially viable for other countries and would still be difficult to implement. Also in this category is Mirror City, a $1 trillion supercity that would be designed as a “clean” city in the middle of the desert.
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Also known as Neom, the mega-city, which looks sci-fi on plans and previous concepts, is getting a new marketing push that also comes with a new website and social media presence. Through these outlets, concept images and videos were shared showing The Line, a vertical city 200 meters wide and 170 kilometers long. She would be part of Mirror City. The concept illustrations of it are strongly reminiscent of the Citadel from Mass Effect or Coruscant from the Star Wars films.
The ambitions are high, but realistically the project hardly seems to be realizable. Aside from the logistical hassle in the middle of the desert, the city needed to be able to accommodate nine million people, have a public transport network that would allow traveling from one side of the city to the other in 20 minutes, and at the same time be a place worth living in. In addition, around 20,000 Bedouins would have to be resettled, who live in the desert much more sustainably than this concept, and although the people behind the project promise a sustainable city, the resource expenditure for construction and maintenance seems simply too utopian to be able to implement it realistically .
Source: PC gamers