I was playing Sim City 2000 and pushed my city to finally reach 120'000 inhabitants, so I could build the arcologies.
In case you don't know:
When I could choose among the four available types of arcologies, I realized that they make good examples for quadra habitats. This "analysis" should not be taken too seriously, as this is mostly a funny coincidence I'd like to share (also contains stereotypes). Here are the different buildings:Originally Posted by Wikipedia
If you click "Info", you can read a description of each arcology and the expected side effects if you build it.
The Plymoth Arco is the most business- and production-focused of all four arcologies. A nice place to life is good, but such a huge project should also yield a profit. Every piece of technology in this building is there for a reason. The life expectance/quality of its residents might not be the best, but the Plymoth Arco is extremely cost efficient and houses many people. In addition to this, you get a heavy-duty construction that can withstand natural disasters without any extra costs! Isn't that a good deal?
Favouring a smaller population, the inhabitants of the Forest Arco don't want to live in a rat cage. This building is all about sustainability and quality of life. The people living in this arcology attach great importance to interpersonal relations and thus ban TV and radio (and internet???) in their homes. This can seem quite boring to some people, but in such an advanced age, some people are perfectly fine with a simpler, more natural life. If you consider a completely artificial forest on top of a high-tech building to be natural, that is.
Dark, edgy, mysterious, and the work of a eccentric artist. The Darco is not like your regular Arcology! Its avant-garde design is favoured among the people who are not too much into mainstream. For the refreshing innovation in design, they gladly accept the weaker construction and lower efficiency. While the square, boring, and science-focused arcologies will quickly be forgotten and become obsolete, the Darco will be remembered forever as a unique piece of art and every inhabitant is a part of it.
The most advanced of the arcologies is also the fanciest. It is almost perfectly able to imitate a natural ecosystem and it can even be used to take off and explore the depths of space! With its highly developed life support systems, it can house the most people of the four arcologies. It really shows the way an arcology ought to be built, if there was not the price which also quite astronomical.