Shimizu Corporation Megaengineering Projects

This site has been making the rounds on the blogosphere, I just thought I’d link it because it’s cool stuff. Even though this company has a big vision, it also has a lot of contemporary achievements and projects, including $14 billion annual sales. Patrick Millard’s Formatting Gaia blog has a good overview of Shizmu’s visionary projects.

In Japan, it is socially acceptable for even the largest firms to be inspired by radical futuristic visions. In the USA, it’s acceptable, but mostly behind closed doors, or publicly in places like Silicon Valley. It’s politically dicey in many places, because the party line is that true positive change can only be achieved by either 1) taxing corporations to pay for need X, or 2) deregulating corporations so they can produce enough wealth so that need X is eventually filled. However, more modern politicians (Obama) have come to realize that technology, not just political or social agitation, can produce lasting positive change. Meanwhile, many Democrat and Republican politico-bots fight it out forever on TV and in the blogosphere, accomplishing relatively little, while the true gains come from technological and scientific innovation.

Comments

  1. TomT

    A perhaps drier account of megaprojects can be found in Bolonkin and Cathart’s macro-projects overview at http://www.scribd.com/doc/24057930/Macro-Projects

    Titles include:
    “The Java-Sumatra Aerial Mega-Tramway”
    “Antarctica, a southern hemisphere windpower station?”

    It would be interesting to understand what makes Shizmu resonate with today’s blogosphere (apart from the cool drawings) while Bolonkin’s sounds like dated futurism from the 1950′s and his more “modest” megaprojects like the proposal for natural gas pipelines floating in the air, goes unnoticed.
    Do you have any thoughts on this?

  2. Choi

    It’s not “Shizmu”, it’s “Shimizu”.

  3. pold

    “Meanwhile, many Democrat and Republican politico-bots fight it out forever on TV and in the blogosphere, accomplishing relatively little, while the true gains come from technological and scientific innovation.”

    I agree in principle but this is hardly a new phenomenon. The thing is that there are already loads of technological solutions out there, which are not widely adopted because selfish and/or lazy people do not acknowledge the underlying problems in the first place.

  4. Wow, that is cool as hell

Leave a Comment

Awesome! You've decided to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated.

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>