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Paris as a Megacity
Transcript of Paris as a Megacity
Paris, the capital of France is built to the northern side of the country, on the river Seine. With a population of over 12 million, Paris is the world's 28th largest megacity.
Paris is a city that relies on tourism for income, being the most visited city in the world with over 44million tourists each year.
Mainly because Paris is well known around the globe for their impeccable taste in fashion and cuisine.
Home to The Eiffel Tower, Paris is known as the 'City of Love'. With many tourists believing that French is the language of love, this mysterious city holds many things for sightseers all round the world
Paris is a 'green agenda' city so they are currently seeking new innovative ways of powering buildings without affecting the environment. The average person in France uses about 4.25 TOE (Tonne of Oil Equivalent). With their ever-increasing population, France has to rely on the renewable sources for energy for a sustainable environment.
Paris has been burning its rubbish to provide some heat for the public. In 1973, 67% of Paris' power came from oil, now only 40% depends on this non-renewable source for energy and 39% relying on nuclear energy. With Paris' two main power sources being nuclear and oil, one dangerous and the other unrenewable, Paris is going to face some big issues in the future.
In Paris there is, like in many large cities, a lack of affordable housing and the city has its problems with the homeless. But the government does provide some shelter for the homeless: up to 15,000 homeless persons are permitted to live for up to six months in 60 government-run or private shelters where they receive medical care and job training.
Pollution & Waste Management
Paris has underground sewage systems that extend 2300 kilometers, the distance between Paris and Istanbul. Every tunnel carries 1,000,000 cubic meters of waste that is enough to fill up the empire state building. The entire system is linked to the outside world by 1800 drains and 30,000 manholes. Some workers call the underground sewers a 'labyrinth'. The sewers were so well built that less than 650 workers are needed to keep it going.
The Great flood of Paris in 1910 was the most serious of many floods Parisians have experienced over the years. With winter floods once being a normal occurrence, new engineers have built dams to stop them from damaging houses. On the 28 January 1910, the river Seine reached its highest height of 862m destroying many houses and being the cause of many deaths.
Paris, like few other cities, was built on stable ground, which means that it hasn't experienced any earthquakes before, though engineers still have to consider the aspect of their towers collapsing due to small shakes. With the nowadays skyscrapers around the world, the safety of the people when disaster strikes is one of the most crucial problems. Many skyscrapers that were not well planned due to lack of time from the massive population increases have collapsed during earthquakes.
The 'City of Lights' is a city that needs to find more renewable energy sources. With the ever-growing population, Paris needs to find a more efficient and sustainable way of lighting up the megacity. With the main energy suppliers being non-renewable, Paris may not be a sustainable capital.
An obvious way to power the city efficiently, is to move most of the citizens out of the rural areas and into the city so that less space is needed and long wires aren't needed. Though this solution has one major fault, can the city keep up with the population growth?
Another solution could be to install more solar panels, wind turbines and hydro dams so that Paris doesn't have to rely on oil and nuclear to provide the energy needed to run the capital. Though nuclear is a very simple way of harnessing a lot of energy, nuclear explosions can wreak havoc and be nasty to clean. Though building solar panels, wind turbines and hydro dams can be quite costly, the long-term outcome allows a sustainable city.
Many tourists visiting Paris are disappointed with what they find. This happens so commonly that it has been named "Paris Syndrome", which is when the high standards of the City of Love are not exactly met. Paris can be a harsh place. It has its share of social problems: crime, filth, inequality, and -- our special treat for the visitors -- not-so-friendly locals. Parisians are constantly breaking new scientific ground when it comes to being unaccommodating and even disdainful towards foreigners. If you do not speak French, you can look forward to stumbling through many uncomfortable, labored conversations with people who resent your very existence.
The government may not have enough houses to lend to the homeless if the number of poverty-stricken people keeps rising. This may become a problem as Paris, a city that relies on tourism for income, might not like the idea of possibly having homeless people out on the streets.
Build-a-Skyscraper Co. will help us create a special building that can change shape in order to house more people. The building will be specially for the homeless and their families. A certain amount of space will have to be put out for this building as it will change space. This way, we can house the homeless people and keep the Parisians and tourists happy.
The underground sewage systems of Paris are vast and carry enough human waste to fill up the Empire State building. This could be problematic as despite the systems being manageable, it is still possible that waste could get into the public drinking water, which may lead to cholera or other water-born diseases.
"Cleaner Living co" will invent a formula that when poured on the offending substance, will disinfect it almost instantly. Working in co-operation with "Pipes & Plugs", the water pipes of Paris will be lined with this gelatin-like formula, which holds an adaptable, safe "germ" that will destroy possible bacteria in the water pipes of
With the nowadays skyscrapers, the safety of the people when disaster strikes is one of the most crucial problems. Many skyscrapers in other megacities that were not well planned due to lack of time from the massive population increases have collapsed during earthquakes. If one of the Parisian skyscrapers happened to fall, the consequences for people inside it could be fatal.
"Bots 4 U" will create strong, adaptable nanobots that live on the bases of Parisian skyscrapers. If the building happened to sway, the nanobots will steady it by moving into a new formation. This will help ensure that the Parisian skyscrapers are safe, along with the citizens inside.
Many tourists visiting Paris are disappointed with what they find. This happens so commonly that it has been named "Paris Syndrome" This could be a challenge because if the tourists that Paris relies on for income possibly stop visiting Paris, the capital could have a shortage of much-needed money.
Robo-pets will help create a robot pet
the accompanies the tourists around the city. This way the tourists won't feel as upset if the locals aren't very welcoming while teaching them about the city, making the trip worthwhile for them so that paris can keep relying on tourists for income.
As Paris is a city supporting many beautiful old fashioned buildings, relying on nuclear power could mean making more reactors. Not only are reactors dangerous, but if one should over-heat, the environment could be harmed.