I'm gonna sound like a hater, but it looks like just another generic damaged/ruined structure in the middle of the jungle/woods. Nothing looks particularly cool or Halo or sci-fi about it. It's pretty though.
"fragmented ruins of a small 24th century water purification complex."
Then why does it look like a building from 1980? Why does Bungie think that cars and buildings will look almost exactly the same in a few hundred years? Is this just lazy design, a lack a creativity or some kind of retro-future preference in style? Let's face it, it's a lot easier to come up with a brick, modern blown up building and pass it off as 24th century than it is to actually brainstorm as to what a water purification complex might look like in a few hundred years.
I mean, remember the trucks on Turf? Will transport trucks look anything remotely like that in hundreds of years? No. I think it's just lazy.
I have to ask at what point in the future do you think concrete will cease to be:
Usually with any building material you have to add "pick two" but concrete is a pretty universal building component worldwide. It's durable, the mechanics of it are well known so engineers are able to make blends of concrete with exactly the characteristics wanted, and it's been in use for thousands of years already. It can be made pretty much anywhere in the world with a variety of substances, so it doesn't require a lot of shipping. Likewise on the "shipping trucks." While the Covenant has obviously mastered gravity manipulation or levitation, Humans have not at this point, and frankly, there aren't many more efficient means of moving stuff around than shipping containers on oceangoing vessels and trucks with things that look an awful lot like shipping containers on a dozen or so wheels.
Sometimes, the old ways do work well, and for long periods of time. Why not? We're still using the wheel today, and though we've improved on it incrementally for a darn long time, I can still spot a wheel pretty easily. None of the engineers at GM, Ford or Toyota have managed to confuse me as to the mechanism moving their vehicles around yet, and I don't see it very likely changing in the foreseeable future. And just to bolster my original point, this sounds like an ad hoc project designed to improve the quality of life in Saharan Africa. It's not something that would involve costly installations or massive renovations, it would be a largely grassroots, widespread effort to do things like provide potable water, food, shelter, or other things. Putting a skyscraper in the middle of Africa isn't going to do that, so you spread your investment around. That means cheap, fast construction designed to do its job for as long as you need to do it, and then it doesn't matter what happens. Bungie is usually pretty far off with their future predictions (the AR in Halo 1 has all the accuracy of a poorly maintained musket) but it seems like this is the ideal way to do a certain thing that would greatly help African people. I don't see why this is crazy at all?
Edited by vociferous, 08 March 2008 - 10:42 AM.