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The 'Manhattan of the Desert': Shibam, Yemen's Ancient Skyscraper
30 points by Mzhttps://www.archdaily.com/771154/the-manhattan-of-the-desert-shi...esert-shibam-yemens-ancient-skyscraper-city
gwern - 24 minutes ago
Reminds me of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gimignano or the
other Italian city-states like Florence. Same apparent dynamics,
too: lots of insular clans creating little fortresses for their
extended families while competing economically & socially inside
the density of the city, always teetering on the edge of civil war.
davidw - 57 minutes ago
* Doesn't respect parking minimums* Doesn't respect sebacks*
Inadequate green space* Floor-area ratio way beyond
acceptable.Complete planning failure!
StudentStuff - 43 minutes ago
Plus its waaay too walkable! 60% of each lot should be disposed
of with parking, plus a few percent on grass that the city will
fine you for not watering.Shibam is a total urban planning fail!
bdamm - 19 minutes ago
It would be interesting to learn how the builders decided on these
specific structures. I note a few attributes: * Banked foundations.
* Small windows at the bottom, large windows at the top. * Tall
doors at the bottom.Specifically, how did they gauge the thickness
of the walls and the structural properties of the mud? Was the
planning based on a published code that took into account the
expected building materials? Did they have occupancy limits?