There have always been “mega-building projects”. In the past, these were large hydro-electric projects, and more recently skyscrapers competing to be the tallest building.
Today one such mega-project is “the line”, which aims to cut across the desert in a narrow strip blanketed by sheer glass walls.
I find this ridiculous, but hey I’m not the one spending half a trillion on it, so I’m happy to watch them try.
I want humanity to build something gigantic, but my desires had tended towards something functional, like a large space station, or a space elevator, or some such.
Then I discovered Étienne-Louis Boullée.
None of his buildings were ever realized1, but his are the sort of ideas I can get behind.
My favorite2 is the “Cenotaph for Newton” (image above), but all his buildings exude some sort of quality I cannot name.
This is something I wish would be made in the world today. It can be.
These are all within our ability to make, lacking only the will to make them. I don’t particularly care who makes them, as long as they exist and are accessible.