Closest real world inspiration I can think of is this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd%27s_building
If you think someone is seriously proposing a 560 meter tall waterpark/cryptocurrency mining tower... I have a bridge to sell you?
It's named after the JCPOA nuclear deal, which no matter what side of the issue you're on, has significant follow on effects on Iran's civilian economy.
Some people simply don't read the article before leaving a comment.
And for others sometimes it's just the challenge of understanding written humor. Humor can be sophisticated, and written humor is more challenging since there is no speaker to make adjustments. You mix that with the fact that many users don't expect to see these kind of articles here in the first place (especially non-native English speakers), and you get a lot of serious opinions about a joke.
I'm sure these renders look great in a portfolio, but
as someone who does (a little) industrial design, I find unconstrained designs a bit pointless.
> As a way to get around the imposed embargo, mining would have to be done secretly and undercover. Hence, a hybrid type is proposed, a mining farm that is juxtaposed by a vertical water theme park. The water infrastructure hides the hi-tech facility [...]
And that's on a public website. No way they're being serious. I think it's pretty funny;)
I find it funny and endearing- its absurdity seems to be part of the message.
> As an entry to the 2019 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, JCPOA Tower was designed to combine cryptocurrency mining with a water park
So it’s a design competition. It would be similar to you asking why teams build autonomous vehicles for the DARPA grand challenges.
I don't find them any more vexing than anything else that also exists purely in the realm of 3D rendering and visualization software. Do people also find vexing (haha, video game in-joke) the design of the Pyramidion in Destiny 2, or the giant world eating octopus/robot production annihilation machines frozen in place in Horizon Zero Dawn?
It's purely nothing more than a creative opportunity for people to do something cool and fun with 3D CAD software. And perhaps for the Iranians who designed it, to get their personal names ranked higher in google searches and gain some very small degree of recognition in the architectural community.
Competition's problem statement is at https://www.e-architect.co.uk/competitions/evolo-2020-skyscr... ... remember architects are not engineers. It's much easier to break than to build. What would you have proposed?
I mostly design plastic enclosures, and assemblies for electronic products, and have to keep manufacturability top-of-mind.
It says that it's "Disconnected From the Power Grid" with "Self Powered Sustainable System Including Generators" and "Taking Advantage of Water Flow for Cooling and Generating Electricity".
I can't think of a way that this works in reality. Electricity costs for the servers would be huge, and you still gotta pump water to the top of that tower.
A skyscraper might not be the safest place to store a cryptocurrency private key - many companies use bunkers instead!
Also, if this is supposed to be some kind of covert way to mine crypto... they failed at go.
Do you even realise what you're commenting about? A 500 metres tall water park with slides to hide a giant crypto farm to save a country of 80 million from a near total embargo? Come on.
.... they are procedurally generated right?
Does someone here with access to GPT-3 want to try? Would we know if this was how the linked article was written?
In civilized worlds we don't use children as shields.
But sure, maybe Iran are the bad guys in this hypothetical scenario.
That 1953 coup was orchestrated by the United States (TPAJAX Project or "Operation Ajax") and the United Kingdom ("Operation Boot"), because the leader was too far left from them. The name Ajax refers to cleansing communist influence, because Iran wanted to nationalise the oil controlled by what is now a part of BP.
As near as I can tell the criteria for the us government getting involved is you have natural resources and you mistreat your people. Neither one alone seems to be sufficient.
the US seems to be pretty chill about saudi arabia, which does have oil and mistreats people. I'm sure the rest of the countries around that region aren't exactly a bastion of human rights either.
It derives it’s power from a population that has little history, prophecies or goals in common, so childish moral high ground is all it has to continue stewarding its massive resource appropriation efforts.
Surely, you must be aware of the history of US involvement in Iran.
How do you reconcile the difference between the reality of US foreign policy, and your idealized view of its foreign policy?
I don't see any relation between two inputs of that and gate.
Norway shares oil revenue with UK and EU companies and therefore has strong defense against colonialist USA.
Try to acquire it
Prevent group A from causing suffering
Iran is very different than Norway. Iran was actually a friendly ally to US. Biggest ally in the region. So close that US designed a coup to overthrow Iranian democratically elected leader in favor of the monarchical rule of the Shah.
Problem started when Iran became a founding member of OPEC. And Shah was controlling (raising) oil prices with his influence at the OPEC.
"NYT: Shah warning US and UK to increase oil price in 70s":
Their relationship was damaged to the point that US intentionally didn't support Shah during Iranian revolution and he was overthrown and replaced by Islamic Republic of Iran. There are even conspiracy theories that suggest CIA even did aid the revolution.
And after that a few more events completely destroyed their relationship.
"Siege of the American embassy in Tehran"
"Siege of the Iranian embassy in London"
"US supporting Saddam Hussein to invade Iran, and during the Iraq-Iran war"
"Iran Air Flight 655"
Both sides had many many more since then and the last major one was US withdrawal from JCPOA.
Is Iran a good democratic country now? No!
Do they deserve it? I don't think so.