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Thursday, October 28, 2010


"Zeppelins were ushering in a new era in air transportation at just about the same time that land reclamation seemed the modern thing to do at sea. Possibly spurred on by the example of the Dutch, who then were in the midst of a multi-decade project to tame the North Sea (1), some early 20th-century visionaries called for reclaiming land on a super-sized scale: drying up the North Sea to reconnect Britain with mainland Europe (2), or even damming the entire Mediterranean for hydro-electricity and arable land (3).

America wasn't immune to the fad. In 1911, Dr T. Kennard Thomson proposed to expand New York into its adjacent waters for a grand total of 50 square miles. Thomson was neither a lightweight nor a crackpot. As a consulting engineer and urban planner for the City of New York, he had been involved in the construction of numerous bridges and over 20 of New York's early skyscrapers, specialising in their foundations, designing pneumatic caissons. It was the versatility of these caissons that would lead Dr Thomson to envisage a much wider application for them. In August of 1916, he wrote an article in Popular Science, advocating 'A Really Greater New York'."


http://bigthink.com/ideas/24668
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Thursday, October 28, 2010  
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