Overall Design Approach
The first city will be a living example of a holistic city design that accomplishes the following:
- Conservation of energy while enabling a high standard of living for all
- Efficient use of material resources
- Utilization of highly-efficient transportation
- Clean, renewable energy production
- Rapid housing construction
- Automated production and distribution wherever applicable
- Self-sustaining food production
- Positive and negative studies of the effects of large projects
- Development of fully automated mining-to-product-to-recycling systems
Our innovative and systematic approach to construction processes will allow us to build cities relatively quickly, with minimal costs and almost no waste of resources. We will demonstrate how we can live in harmony with nature, as the city is immersed in lush landscaping. Only one eighth of the circular city is thoroughly designed, and then duplicated, for a total of eight pie-shaped sectors.
Intelligent overall planning does not imply mass uniformity. Cities would be uniform only to the degree that they would be designed systematically with prefabrication techniques, require less material, save time and energy, provide for ease of maintenance, implement redundancy for safety, and allow for exceptional flexibility and innovative changes. As a result, more resources will be available to help facilitate a much higher standard of living for all people, with the criteria of the architectural design and social direction being: to house, feed, and clothe everyone on Earth.
Arriving At Decisions
Having architects design each individual building and structure is a tremendous waste of energy and talent if we are to achieve some type of sustainability. The city will demonstrate how an overall systems design approach using cybernation and automation in regulating the entire city will result in a symbiotic process. The city’s environmental sensors will extend into all areas of the social complex for safety and efficiency. All aspects of the city are considered within the original design parameters, enabling it to work efficiently together as a total system. Technical decisions are made on the basis of direct feedback from the environment. For example, electronic probes embedded in the agricultural belt’s soil will automatically inventory the water table, soil conditions, nutrient content, etc., and act appropriately as conditions change.
One of many other examples of such automation of decision making is in the aircraft industry. In some aircraft engines they have installed FADEC, replacing the flight engineer. FADEC works by receiving multiple input variables of the current flight condition, including air density, throttle lever position, engine temperatures, engine pressures and many other parameters. The inputs are received by computers and analyzed up to 70 times per second. FADEC not only provides for efficient engine operation, it also allows the manufacturer to program engine limitations and receive engine health and maintenance reports. For example, to avoid exceeding a certain engine temperature, the FADEC can be programmed to automatically take the necessary measures without pilot or engineer intervention.
This method of electronic feedback and automated decision making would be applied to the entire social system to enable it to operate safely and efficiently, conserving resources and maintaining a healthy environment. It will regulate all aspects of society such as air, water, transportation, agriculture, etc. It does not regulate people - that would be socially offensive, counterproductive and not needed. Unlike today’s system, this approach does not reduce people to a subsistence level; rather, it assists in making available all the amenities that modern science and technology can provide.
In today’s monetary societies, people are afraid of technology, and rightly so: the tools of science are directed primarily toward private profit, while individuals, corporations and governments seek to establish and maintain positions of advantage. Within a Global Resource Based Economy, there will be no need to use technology in any detrimental way or to seek any advantage over others. Machines will be used to shorten the workday, increase the availability of goods and services and lengthen vacation time, while alleviating human beings from dangerous, boring or meaningless jobs. Utilized in this way, technology could help us learn what it means to be a human being and a member of the world community as it benefits all people equitably.