Project Description

The Resource Based Economy NPO has begun development of its first project: the Center for Resource Management. This facility will be the area of a mid-sized university campus and will act as a stepping stone towards the development of our proposed experimental cities.

The goals that the Center for Resource Management is set to accomplish are as follows:

  • Develop housing, transportation, production, distribution and recycling protocols and various other systems and infrastructure for the first experimental city
  • Welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors per year and introduce them to the concept of a Global Resource Based Economy and its methodology for addressing the major challenges facing humanity
  • Produce movies, shows, books, articles, animations, imagery, music and many other forms of media to reach the worldwide community and present the Global Resource Based Economy to them
  • Engage scientists, technicians, and other disciplines, as well as universities from around the world and, in collaboration with them, initiate global planning for a secure and prosperous future for all of humanity
  • Demonstrate working solutions for social operation and arriving at decisions, education, communication, collaboration, and resource management that can readily be scaled up to a full city and beyond

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To tackle these important challenges, the Center for Resource Management will have over twenty buildings, including housing for a few hundred people who will work towards these goals.

The entire facility will be designed to be as self-sustaining as possible, with all of the energy coming from renewable sources and food grown onsite. Located in the central area will be a “Museum of the Future”. This unique museum will present educational exhibitions to help people both understand the state of present-day technology, as well as its potential when utilized humanely within a Global Resource Based Economy. There will be accommodations for visitors who want to stay for more than a day, and educational seminars will be provided for them to learn more about this social direction.

The Center for Resource Management will also house facilities for producing a diverse array of media to help further these aims through films, a CGI studio, and an arts and music center. Residents and visitors will live in single- and multi-unit apartments, with onsite acute medical care also provided. Waste and water will be treated as important resources to be reused. Facilities management cannot be overlooked and will be provided for with a machine shop. R&D labs will be included as well for researchers who want to do related scientific work. An access center will provide on-demand access to a wide variety of goods, similar to how libraries today provide access to books. The whole complex will operate like a leading-edge, green university campus, all immersed in lush landscaping, with winding streams and paths for biking and walking.

The building designs are taken directly from the over 5500 design sketches that Jacque Fresco produced over the last 41 years, with the design layout arranged by Roxanne Meadows. Adam Bouzane, D.EDDT, a Building Technologist, System Administrator, is Project Managing the technical drawings and specifications.

Demonstra­ting A New Approach To Social Change

A major difference setting this project apart from other initiatives that tackle humanity’s grand challenges is the systems approach to imagining how society could operate. All permanent residents of the experimental community in the Center for Resource Management will have access to housing, food, water, clothing, energy, education, all at no cost. Resources will be much more intelligently managed - 3D printers, tools, bikes, vehicles, and so on will be collectively used and shared, while ensuring they are in good condition and available without waiting lines. While the technological and social innovation in this first experimental community will be limited by the available resources, the first city and subsequent cities will incorporate lessons learned and improve every aspect of the system. This systems approach can be replicated and scaled up to eventually allow all of humanity to choose to live in cities that implement this new social system. By developing a set of metrics, we can measure how well the social system meets the needs of each member of society. These metrics will measure how well the Center for Resource Management and subsequent cities perform in each of the following areas:

  • Universal access to clean air
  • Universal access to clean water
  • Physical wellbeing of all members of society (including access to effective healthcare)
  • Universal access to nutritious and healthy food
  • Ecological sustainability (no greenhouse gases and environmental damage)
  • Universal access to the best available education
  • Universal access to comfortable clothing
  • Safety (little or no violence and crime)
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Universal access to comfortable housing
  • Universal access to effective transportation
  • The population’s engagement and participation in efforts towards the wellbeing of all people

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Instead of voting for representatives who debate over what laws should be put in place, democracy in this setup will work in a more direct way. The public will have access to all the data about the operation of the social system, which will allow for a more informed problem solving. Everyone will be able to put forth their ideas for changes to how the social system works. Proposed changes to the social system can then be tested and measured against the set of metrics to determine whether they provide more benefit to society. After testing, the proposed changes that prove beneficial get implemented. The set of metrics are the unifying factor – they allow us to know how much we are achieving our goals as a society, namely: ensuring wellbeing for all people and the protection and restoration of the environment.

Another important aspect is the management of society. This will be accomplished by each team in the social system working within their own area of competence, and having the ability and access to implement changes in that area. While ensuring a high degree of collaboration between the teams, each team will look after a certain aspect of society – food, water, energy, education, safety, etc. With the progress of technology over the coming years, more and more of the work of the teams will be automated – a process that is well underway and will happen anyway within the current dominant social system. The intent of our proposed social direction is to use technology and automation to provide abundance in all aspects of the society, removing the need to have a small number of people decide how limited resources will be distributed.

Because people living in the Center for Resource Management will not be preoccupied with making a living, they will be able to focus full-time on making changes to this new social system to address any existing problems within the community, while at the same time designing and developing the next-generation systems for a first experimental city built on this social model. Each subsequent city would improve upon every area of the social system and could be bigger in size, allowing testing of the system to happen on a larger and larger scale. By demonstrating the feasibility of this system, we think people, organizations and governments will choose to participate and join efforts with us to replicate it in various parts of the world.

Meet the Team

Under the direct supervision of the NPO Resource Based Economy, the drawings and specifications for the Center for Resource Management are being developed by a globally distributed multi-disciplinary volunteer technical team. This organized group of architects, engineers, technicians and specialists are taking action using their unique skill sets to materialize the technical details required to see this first project become a reality. Let's meet some of the team!
Adam Bouzane, D.EDDT
Project Manager
Adam has 16 years of Architectural and Engineering design experience in a variety of light & medium & heavy commercial construction projects... Read More
Georgi Tsochev
Lead Architect
As every architect, I am trained to look for feasible, logical, and sound outcomes of the cases I encounter in my profession... Read More
Sherry Swiney
Lead Quantity Surveyor
Over 30 years of experience in Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing. Experience includes project management, contracts management (including CMSi)... Read More
Alexander Rodriguez
Lead Electrical Engineer
Alex works professionally as a senior electrical engineer and has over 11 years industrial experience as building services and infrastructure electrical designer. Alex takes great pride in his work... Read More
Seán O’Callaghan
Electrical Engineer/Contributor
Engineer and Sustainability professional (B.Eng, M.Sc RES, MIET), EV early adopter (Nissan Leaf 2012), NZEB architect and owner. Presently employed in the ocean wave energy space... Read More
Joshua Harrington
Operations Manager
Joshua continuously pursues to constantly grow his knowledge base as he contributes within the Resource Based Economy team. Applying the scientific method to all aspects of his life... Read More
Larry Mintz
Statistician/Contributor
Larry fulfills a statistician role in this project. He has been volunteering for Resource Based Economy since 2017 and his main focus is on obtaining datasets and finding statistical... Read More
Kevin Mulvey
Architectural Designer
Kevin works professionally as an Architectural Technician and has over 10 years of experience in building design and planning services working on projects in residential... Read More
Augustinas Lipskis
Mechanical Engineer
Augustinas works professionally as an HVAC engineer. Read More
Frixos Proedrou
Nutritionist/Dietitian
I am a nutritionist/dietician specialized in clinical nutrition and dietetics. I have been working for 10+ years with patients and healthy individuals... Read More
Guilherme Forton Viotti
Project Manager
Graduated in business administration with minor in economics. Advanced knowledge in project management, marketing, automation solutions and computer programming. Read More
Geisa Thielen
Water Management
Geisa has 10 years of experience in the engineering field. Her diverse background has given her experience in wastewater treatment plant design... Read More
Roxanne Meadows
Master Planning
For 41 years, Roxanne Meadows has worked with renowned futurist Jacque Fresco to develop and promote The Venus Project. The function of this project is to develop and implement... Read More
Borislav Zlatanov
Education, IT Automation
Borislav learned about the concept of a Global Resource Based Economy in 2009 and has been volunteering his time to help make this social direction a reality ever since. He has embraced developing an interdisciplinary skill set... Read More
Gabriel Avila
Project Manager
Gabriel has over 20 years of expertise in technology solutions implementation and business process management. He holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering... Read More
Eoghan Brophy
Medical/Facility Management
Eoghan has a variety of experience in a variety of fields ranging from IT, pharmacology, transport, water management, archery, social media and woodturning... Read More

Roadmap & Progress Report

The below graphic shows the progress we have made to date on Phase 1 (last updated: Apr 26, 2019).

Phase 1 - Architectural Programming & Schematic Design Complete 10%

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Description
Phase 1 aims to deliver schematic designs for all buildings and infrastructure comprising the Center for Resource Management. This includes all the research and development taking place prior to the design work. Expand the Tasks drop-down below to see our progress on the various components of the Center for Resource Management.

0 of 34 completed Tasks

  • Land Acquisition
  • Agriculture & Meal Plans
  • Energy Production
  • Water Management
  • Landscaping
  • Electrical Distribution Network
  • IT/Telecommunications Network
  • Pedestrian Traffic Flow Design
  • Vehicular Traffic Flow Design
  • District Energy
  • Storm Water
  • Visitor/Tourist Transportation System
  • Textiles
  • Business Model
  • Administrative & Legal
  • Central Hub Building 01
  • Child Center 02
  • Exhibition Hall - Movie Theater 03
  • Exhibition Hall 04
  • Aircraft Mockup 05
  • Sculpture 06
  • Exhibition Hall 07
  • Helicopter Mockup 08
  • Tourist Restaurant 09
  • Data Center 10.1
  • Fitness Center 10.2
  • Access Center 10.3
  • Restaurant & Farmer's Market 10.4
  • Architectural Model Shop 10.5
  • Art & Music Center 10.6
  • Media Center 10.7
  • Office Spaces 11
  • Residential Buildings 12
  • Visitor Dwellings 13, 14, 15
Phase 2 & Phase 3: not yet started.

Budget & Timeline

We are seeking to raise 18 million USD. This will be used to deliver Phase 1 and 2:
  • Phase 1: Develop 3D schematic designs of all aspects of the Center for Resource Management. Research zoning and government regulations for the proposed project. Expand the project Team.
    • Budget: $3 m USD
    • Timeline: 2nd half of 2019
  • Phase 2: Land acquisition, Legal fees, Compliance with Development requirements according to Local Authority. Construction Documentation for the buildings and infrastructure of the Center for Resource Management.
    • Budget: $15 m USD
    • Timeline: 2nd half of 2022
  • Phase 3: Physical construction of the facilities.
    • Budget: to be determined
    • Timeline: commence 2022, complete 2028

Your Help Is Needed

Get Involved as a Professional

We need the volunteer assistance of many different professionals. Please expand the technical description below for more details.

Technical Description

The work for the Center for Resource Management is broken down into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Architectural Programming and Schematic Design
  • Phase 2: Land Acquisition and Detailed Engineering Blueprints
  • Phase 3: Physical Construction of the Center for Resource Management

Assistance from a wide variety of specialists is needed at this time in order to proceed with Phase 1 and Phase 2. We urge the following individuals to step forward and join us on this remarkable endeavor:

  • Access center: Inventory Managers, 3D Printing Specialists
  • Agriculture & Food: Agricultural Specialists, Nutritionists & Dietitians, Restaurant Managers, Cooking Automation Experts
  • Building Design: Architects, Structural Engineers, Mechanical/HVAC Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Fire Suppression Engineers, Hydraulics Engineers, Interior Designers
  • Business Model: Business Plan Developers, Agribusiness Specialists, Tourism Experts, Strategic Partnership Managers
  • Cost Analysis: Quantity Surveyors
  • Energy Generation & Distribution: Electrical Engineers, Renewable Energy Experts, Battery Storage Experts, District Energy Geothermal Engineers
  • Facilities Management: Facilities Managers, Environmental Health And Safety Managers
  • Fundraising: See our Fundraising team
  • Land Acquisition: See our Land Acquisition team
  • Landscaping: Landscape Designers, Irrigation Designers, Lighting Designers
  • Medical Care: Healthcare Facilities Managers, Healthcare Professionals
  • Museum Of The Future: Museum Directors, Museum Planners, Exhibition Designers, Curators
  • Project Management: BIM Managers
  • Telecommunications: IT/Telecommunications Engineers
  • Transportation: Transportation Engineers, Traffic Engineers
  • Urban Planning: Urban Planners, Architects, Environmental Planners
  • Water Management: Water Management Engineers, Hydraulics Engineers

Scientists, statisticians, and any other technical specialists who feel their unique skills could be of use are also encouraged to volunteer.

We would like to reiterate that these unpaid voluntary positions are at this time to help advance this first project.

Note that knowing English and having consistent access to a personal computer with Internet connection are prerequisites to joining the team. Also, if you are a software engineer, please look at our volunteering opportunities on thevenusproject.com

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At this time we are asking for donations to help accelerate the progress of development of this project. Funding received will enable us to focus more extensively on the Center for Resource Management and take it to an advanced stage of development. At that point, we will be able to estimate the cost of the entire facility and announce it.

Your financial contribution is highly appreciated and is what will make this project possible.