Why Japan’s Great Pyramid of Giza Can’t be Built Until 2110

Why Japan’s Great Pyramid of Giza Can’t be Built Until 2110

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to teach you a new life skill. London. October, 1992. A Japanese man entered a
government building near Chancery Lane, and made his way up to an office on the first floor. This was the London branch of the UK’s Patent Office. You see, this man was there on behalf
of Japan’s renowned Shimizu Corporation, a leading architectural and engineering firm
that was and is among the top in the world and he was there to apply for a patent. Note, to secure their ideas globally it
was necessary to apply not just in Japan. Now this particular patent, was for no ordinary idea. It was for something grand, something spectacular. The idea was to build giant pyramids in the middle of some of the largest
and busiest urban centers in the world, starting with Tokyo. These infrastructures would be so large,
they could house entire cities. But why? What was this for? And who exactly is the Shimizu Corporation? To understand this, we need to go back in time, back over 200 years ago to the company’s inception. Edo, 1804. A carpenter, Kisuke Shimizu, founded
a company in the nation’s capital. Of course, today the capital’s
Tokyo, but back then it was Edo. Now this small company would go on
to build the western section of the
famed Edo Castle, part of the Imperial Palace, Japan’s first Western-style hotel, Japan’s first bank, and later on, Japan’s first nuclear reactor. The company lived through many
important moments in Japan’s history, including the arrival of US Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who forced Japan to open up its borders, the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the rise of Westernisation, the earthquakes, wars, bombings, the rapid economic development, the still-ongoing population decline, the Shimizu Corporation saw all that in their time. Now that last point however, is of particular interest, because Japan’s population
has been declining since 2010, and is expected to drop by two thirds
within the next hundred years. And this has been causing
all sorts of problems for the country, problems that have been shared
by almost all Japanese cities. Except for one. Tokyo. In fact, Tokyo, now the world’s largest
city, ironically has the opposite problem. It suffers from extreme
overcrowding and overpopulation. At 37 million residents, the Greater Tokyo Area is virtually the only place in Japan to see sustained population growth. This is mainly due to internal migration
from other parts of the country. The Shimizu Corporation, having been
headquartered in Tokyo since the Edo period, had witnessed this growth first hand, and overpopulation had resulted in
some increasingly worrying issues like overcapacity, overpricing, and just a general lack of space. Various solutions had been proposed over the years like
moving the elderly, or creating jobs outside of Tokyo, but The Shimizu Corporation
had something else in mind. By this point, they had built up their company to be one of the elite architectural, engineering and general contracting firms in the world, with successful, large-scale
construction projects under their belt. Note recently, they’ve been known
for their futuristic megaproject proposals like floating cities, underwater cities, desert canals and space hotels. So, with this level of ambition and innovation in mind, it wasn’t surprising to hear what
happened one evening in 1982. After a hard day’s work, a Shimizu
engineer decided to head out to watch a movie. This movie was Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, set in a dystopian future, where synthetic humans
are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation, this, a cult classic. Now during the opening scene, two huge futuristic pyramidal megastructures were shown representing the headquarters of the Tyrell Corporation. The Shimizu engineer was completely
transfixed by this architectural marvel, and he was unable to get it out of his mind. The next day he shared this with his engineering colleagues at the Shimizu Corporation, and it thus became one of the main inspirations for their solution to Tokyo’s overpopulation problem, a giant pyramid that could hold an entire city’s population in one self-sufficient building. Ten years later, they found
themselves patenting this idea globally. Of course, this was a crazy idea, but it wasn’t the first time something like this had been done. Egypt. Around 2500 BC. A huge pyramid was constructed on the edge of the Sahara desert, during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu. This was the Great Pyramid of Giza,
and it was an architectural masterpiece. Having likely served as a burial chamber for
Khufu, it has withstood the test of time, being the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World
that has remained intact to this very day. Sure, other pyramids had been built throughout history,
but the one at Giza is the tallest of them all, and was even the tallest of all man-made
structures in the world for over 3800 years. Of course, The Great Pyramid of Giza is dwarfed
by many of the current metropolitan high-rises, but, if the Shimizu Corporation is able
to get its way, the Pyramids may rise again. The Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid, designed to combat
Tokyo’s overcrowding and overpopulation, would be so large it’d be over
14 times the height of Giza, and 2.5 times that of the Burj Khalifa,
currently the world’s tallest building though soon to be overtaken by the Jeddah Tower. This two kilometer-high structure would
consist of eight levels, each 250 meters high, and would house one million people. Wait, but where exactly in Tokyo
would you place this monstrosity? Tokyo’s already overcrowded
so it’s not like there’s room, the area covered would be the
equivalent of 18 Vatican Cities. Fortunately, Shimizu had designed the
pyramid to be built over suspect terrain like parkland, forests, rivers, and even large bodies of water, making it perfect for Tokyo Bay, really
the only vacant real estate in the area. 36 piers made of special concrete
would form the pyramid’s foundations, which would make this the first offshore city ever built. Now if you zoom up, you can see the structure isn’t actually just one dense block of concrete, but rather an exposed network of megatrusses, suspended skyscrapers, accelerated walkways, inclined elevators, and rapid transit systems
moving through hollow supports. The bottom four levels would house
commercial and residential spaces, while the top four would have
facilities for research and leisure, which means you can pack your stuff,
leave your home, travel afar, then check into your hotel at your holiday destination. All within the same building. Ok, maybe this sounds awesome, but what about
the pyramid’s effect on the environment? Well, the Mega-City will be powered by
renewable energy: solar, wind, and algae, yes algae, otherwise known as pond scum,
making use of the surrounding waters. Since algae is able to break up water
into hydrogen, with the help of sunlight, hydrogen fuel cells can be used to
convert the chemical energy into electricity, which means the most technologically
advanced city in humanity’s history will, in part, be powered by pond scum. But what about waves? Ocean swells generated by high winds also contain an enormous amount of energy, which could perhaps be reigned in using
specially-designed power generators, but for this reliability is an issue, because
waves get big, really big, especially in Japan. Generators can get wiped out, but even more concerning is what happens when a giant pyramid decides to get in the way of a giant tsunami. And what about earthquakes? Japan sits on top of the
seismically-active Pacific Ring of Fire, which means Tokyo isn’t exactly the best place to set up an experimental architectural megaproject housing the lives of one million inhabitants. But on the other hand if there’s one place that knows how to make buildings earthquake- and tsunami-proof, it’s Japan. And the Shimizu Corporation is
indeed well aware of the structural dangers, in fact, that’s why the Shimizu
Mega-City Pyramid is a pyramid. The pyramid shape is the most
stable design in structural engineering, which makes it particularly suitable for cities like Tokyo. And with the building not being
enclosed, fully open to the elements, any impact from wind or water
would be dramatically reduced. For typhoons in particular, it would be safer
to just let the winds blow right through. Now despite all that, the greatest danger
to the pyramid is actually the pyramid itself, more specifically its own weight. If one truss fails, well, there goes potentially the lives
of one million people just like that. In fact, the structure is so massive, so heavy, that it wouldn’t even be wise for
Shimizu to attempt its construction. Yes, the design had been flawed from the start, because in order for the pyramid to even
hold itself up, a special material was required, one vastly lighter, and a
thousand times stronger than steel. And currently, that technology isn’t available. But it will be available in the future, because advancements are already being made in the field, and it’s just a matter of time. Of course there are also other issues to contend with, such as the proposed price tag, and whether the easing of Tokyo’s overcrowding
would even be significant enough, but the Shimizu Corporation has made clear that
in considering all these potential issues, the proposed completion date of the
project would be around the year 2110. A city for the future. Indeed quite a while away, yet
unlike, say, the X-Seed 4000, another Tokyo megaproject
by the rivaling Taisei Corporation, it appears to not just be a
ploy to gain mainstream attention. Now if for whatever reason the
pyramid fails to become a reality in Tokyo, there are still other cities in the world
with massive overcrowding problems that would benefit from this concept. The Shimizu Corporation, after all, had
always intended for this technology to be exported. Imagine a Mega-City Pyramid in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai or Dhaka. Life in the largest man-made structure in
history would be like a world within a world, a condensed, exciting, more
sophisticated version of the real world. This confinement would, to an extent, lead inevitably
to a certain level of autonomy within. Yet, unlike Hong Kong’s notoriously depraved Kowloon Walled City, another example of an extremely high-density enclave of a wider population, it would, from the start, be a place
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100 thoughts on “Why Japan’s Great Pyramid of Giza Can’t be Built Until 2110

  1. Been a while, but I'm alive! Hope you like the video.

    FYI, the English pronunciation of the word 'patent' outside of North America can often be 'pay-tent', and within North America 'pah-tent' (though there are regions that don't always follow this rule, especially more recently). Either way, neither are wrong.

    Correction: Before 1868 the capital was Kyoto, not Edo (though Edo was what Tokyo was called back then). Also forgot to include that a major reason the Giza pyramid is mentioned in the video as a point of comparison is because the Shimizu pyramid is meant to have the exact same (relative) dimensional proportions.

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  2. So…. What's the point of patenting something you can't even build for 90+ years? I don't know of any countries that have patent duration periods that long. You can only get a 20 year patent here in the U.S.

  3. Wouldn't a spherical structure be stronger in general? A pyramid shape IS ideal for earthquakes given the corners, but I don't think a sphere would fare much worse.

  4. Earth-quake safe Tokyo? Think again. They just recently made a survey of most of Tokyo's skyscrapers and found out that over 100 wouldn't withstand an earthquake with a magnitude greater than 6, including the one in Shibuya…

  5. All I saw was Evangelion. You build that pyramid and aliens are going to descend from the sky to take on kids in giant robots that will result in the end of the world as wee know it

  6. You don't plan business based on future discoveries, how dumb? This is all imagination…. And seems like some advanced technology consolation…. Provide food, space and leisure to everybody…..

  7. Two things, who knows if the Tokyo overpopulation problem will still exist in 2110? Also how would this thing be created in the first place?

  8. 2019 note… Egypt… the first pyramid was the biggest. It was a pile of rubble from building/rebuilding Cairo. Concrete was invented and mass produced (do a search…scientifically proven now via chemical analysis). The clever builders covered the pile with then-gleaming concrete, spruced up some tiny areas inside, and sold it to royal-types. The pyramids got smaller and more expensive from then on because the first one was long collected rubble. Before long they had to make or buy fill (or pray for earthquakes) to make the next. And by then they were getting broken into all the time.

  9. correction at 5:10, the great pyramid, Khufu, doesn't have limestone at the top. That is the Khafre pyramid. ~an Egyptian

  10. So they are planning to make a Tokyo 3 and combine it Academy City.
    Though I probably won't live long enough too see that.

  11. Sounds great, doesn't work. The cost of living in that thing would be astronomical and it would totally wreck the skyline. It's quite an eyesore.

  12. iunstead all of that BS just use the land on earth, that easy, no megastructures just taking advantage of earth's size

  13. I know you like Japanese culture because you live in Japan, but no Japanese watch this channel…..
    Japan, stop the pyramid fantasy and deal with Fukushima Cesium. It's a worldwide civil nuisance. Where do you get the pyramids? Isn't it embarrassing for a Japanese representative to be incompetent like Abe? Other Asian countries are in an exciting state, and only Japan knows….And as a person, not as a South Korean, but as a person, because of Fukushima radiation, the albones are extremely loathsome of the government, and money is an astronomical amount of like pyramids. There are many Japanese friends who have never heard of pyramids.

  14. I have a ideal for a mega structure the material to make this mega structure don't exist to support it, give me back my 12 minutes. Hello it's 2019 no hover vehicles.

  15. Pa-tent you fucking idiot, not paytent good I'm so tired of you dumb fucks making videos and can't pronounce simple words

  16. If we only plan absurd mega constructions instead of fighting pollution and destruction of nature, we will never be able to build such buildings. Better plant trees, it's easy and clearly safes the climate

  17. the guy was inspired by a movie scene but a 4159 YEARS OLD FUCKING PYRAMID DOESN'T GIVE HIM A SHIT?COME ON!!!!!!!!!LOL

  18. yeaa mongolia has the same problem over 40 percent of our population lives in Ulaanbaatar and because our countrys populations only 3 million its hard to tell that we will build something like that and apartments are rare and also expensive for those immigrants so they just buy cheap old style 'ger's only 80 dollars and just imagine 800,000 'ger's in 4704 km squares . over 70 percent of ulaanbaatars population lives in ger . also poverty is a problem even tough we have only 400,000 cars, but 'ger's dont have electrycity so its cold and they use coal to warm up and electricity in mongolia is out of coal . toilets are ven worse if you live here you will like youre living in 1900's not a great place to recommend going except if youre going to Darhan or Erdenete other mongolian cleaner cities

    not good at english
    my bad

  19. Yeah fuck, intelligent used in the wrong way. Instead of returning us to more nature, it seeks to en capsules us in even bigger city. I'll see how depression and social problem will peak in such cities. Glad i won't be around in 2110.

  20. The idea of such megastrucutres is and has always been complete nonsesne. Since the dawn of the modernism architects and sociologists have started to doubt that life in dense overcrowded cities is any good for human health or development of a functioning society. Literally for over half a century that has been the consensus with most experts on those matters. Proposing such megastrucutres is only a means by architecture firms to flex on each other. That the idea was taken over from Bladerunner sais enough. It's one of the staples of dystopian Sci-Fi meaning it should be clear that what is portrayed is not necessarily the most desireable solution for people to be housed in the future. But even that would have been designed carefully by a passionate set designer an would definitely still be better to live in than to dangle at 1km in some suspended skyscraper with sunlight obscured by the other ones above you.

  21. 2050 – OUR POPULATION HAS DECREASED BY 2/3's !!!

    No one:

    Absolutely no one:

    – give us til 2110 to fix the overgrowth and undergrowth problem!!!!!

  22. focus on faster transportation and there would be no need for this unrealistic pyramid. If the transportation gets quick enough, people could live far away from cities, and thus more evenly distributed.

  23. What?
    Are you totally full of sh!t???? Do your homework on Egypt first.
    But this is a great idea! Get the japs in one place then NUKE it!!!

  24. oh ffs, where has all your info come from, all nonsense, you think that the pyramids are for population cure but where do desert get algie?

  25. Ooohhh… by 2110? Your kidding right? Oh right, technology and stuff but what about global warming? By 2110 we'll be all dead, what I mean is the planet is on ####### FIRE!!!

  26. Solar and Wind are not efficient enough to cost effectively power this thing. You would need either a good sized hydroelectric damn or nuclear reactor to power something this energy hungry.

  27. I don't want to be that guy, but I imagine a terrorist attack on this would be horrifying. One plane or explosive could destroy a large part of the pyramid relatively easily

  28. Check the trajectory in GPS of this current location in 20110 due to the fact this building not to break off at this point in time at 1208 in the design a few seconds earlier seems that this will be a spacecraft that will launch off into the far distance and with over a million people to and fro other planets

  29. Timestamp 10:30 the visual might be more than just Pinnacle are they going to put this outside of planet Earth to put Earth on a platform and all the other locations on platforms which would be a pyramid style platform or doorways the different poles around the planet and that comes to mind making it alone the Earth and other planets in this vast Emmence

  30. Then would they're gonna built another Pyramid for military base 😂😂😂
    .can't be helped for me to thinking that thing from Japan

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