In China's remote northeast, construction is underway on one of the world's largest indoor theme parks--and a miracle of modern engineering--for a 2014 opening date. Jurassic Dream, located in the city of Daqing, will contain more than 13 acres of attractions anchored by a massive dome-covered atrium. Daqing has a population of nearly three million and is at the heart of China's oil and natural gas industries; it's also far from the sea and subjected to the brutal wind and cold of the Manchurian steppes.
There are few things that demonstrate the excesses of the Automobile Age better than amusement parks, with their promise of adrenaline-fueled escapism spread over vast suburban tracts that always seem to be a two-hour car ride from wherever you are. Not that anyone would suggest ridding the masses of their right to whiplash and vomit. One architect’s proposal: Relocate theme parks to the city. Then build ‘em up. Waaaaay up.