Saudi Arabia Wants To Build A 170-Kilometer-Long Skyscraper In The Desert
Author: Tom Hale
Named “The Line,” the megastructure will be unique in shape and scale. Although just 200 meters (656 feet) wide and 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall, it will stretch across the desert for a distance roughly equivalent to the journey between Los Angeles and San Diego. The megastructure hopes to be green to its core (not literally, the outside facade will be lined with mirrors in an attempt to "blend with nature"). It will repodly be free from roads and motor vehicles and will be run on 100 percent renewable energy. This, according to the designers, will also provide a healthier emission-free living environment compared to the smog-filled cities of today. However, it's debatable whether slicing up a natural environment with a vast impenetrable wall will do any good for the wildlife in the area. A number of people on social media have also criticized the project for being a tad dystopian; spending your whole life in a glitzy mega-mall in the desert isn't everyone's idea of a happy life.