How to Build a New Futuristic Mega-City to Change the World
What will a typical mega-city look like in 150 years?
How and why will we start building the first one in 20 years from now?
You’ll find intriguing, unexpected and perhaps even shocking answers to those questions in this article…
You might be surprised or shocked to find out that in 150 years a typical hyper-city (as I call it) will be as different from any of our today’s mega-cities as modern day New York City is different from a rural village in Africa!
“A typical hyper-city in 150 years will be as different from today’s mega-cities as modern day New York City is different from a rural village in Africa.” ~Alex Booster
Over the past few years, I’ve developed a very concrete and detailed plan to build, from scratch, a mega city of a new kind…
This new mega-city will be as different from any of our today’s mega-cities as modern day New York City is different from a rural village in Africa.
It will be so different because it will manifest as much of a LEAP in progress over a modern mega-city like New York as the leap that today’s New York City is over a rural village in Africa.
Can you imagine a mega city that is as far advanced over New York as New York City is advanced over a rural village in Africa?
Well, you don’t have to imagine it because in a series of articles (of which this is the first) I’ll reveal the striking, surprising, exciting and amazing details about this new kind of a city.
Now, because this will be an entirely new category of a city… and… because it’s so much different from anything humanity has ever known, we need a new name to refer to this kind of a city.
I call it hyper-city.
The word hyper is often used to refer to things that are above or beyond the norm. So, I think it’s quite fitting because this new city (and everything in it) will be WAY above and beyond any mega-city existing today.
Getting this new hyper-city built, for real, has become my life’s mission. I’ve vowed to work on the realization of this project at least 12–14 hours a day, every day, for the rest of my life. Until my very last breath.
So, I’m literally dead serious about it. Either I’ll get this new hyper-city built or I’ll die trying. Virtually everything I do is ultimately designed to bring me closer to the realization of this hyper-city project (although not everything appears that way at first glance).
Of course, I can’t get this done on my own. It can only be achieved with the help of many people. But I haven’t really seen or heard anyone seriously considering anything close to what I have in mind and I felt a great urge to do it because humanity will need it to survive.
The basic idea behind this hyper-city is to build a real-world, working model that will actually demonstrate, in real life, how to solve many of the most pressing problems humanity is facing today and will be facing with ever greater pressure in the coming decades throughout this century.
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.
Albert Einstein once said:
The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.
The cities we live in today and all of the structures and systems connected to these cities were built and designed based on the old level of thinking.
That worked well in the past because in the past we had not only much fewer people living on our planet but also used to consume much, MUCH less natural resources than we do now.
Consider this shocking fact noted by the Scientific American:
While between 1900 and 1989 the U.S. population tripled in size the use of raw materials grew by a factor of 17!
And the production of toxic and non-biodegradable waste also has drastically increased over the past 100 years...
Furthermore, the human population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 11.2 billion in the year 2100. But the natural resources we have on our planet are starting to get scarce already.
Also, our economic system (the system that used to work so well in the past) depends, utterly depends on us producing waste and consuming resources at an ever increasing rate. The keyword is consumerism here and you don’t have to be a genius to realize that it’s not sustainable.
We all are sitting in a bus that’s heading towards a cliff, FAST!
So, a completely NEW type of thinking is required to solve the most pressing problems of our civilization.
And if you dare to go that route, then sooner or later you’ll come to the realization that there is a number of very fundamental flaws in the very basics of the design of our existing cities.
That matters a great deal because the percentage of the population living in cities is already over 80% in developed countries and is expected to rise to over 92% by 2030. Life in a city and how it’s structured literally dictates our way of thinking. It forms the way of thinking of almost the entire population in developed countries.
The only problem is: It’s the OLD type of thinking and we’re stuck in it!
“We’re stuck in a rut of the old type of thinking and the old type of living.” ~Alex Booster
That old type of thinking has caused the problems we are facing today. And: The pressure from these problems will be increasing throughout this century.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ~Albert Einstein
The basic city category that exists today in our civilization cannot be adapted to solve the most pressing problems humanity is facing today (and will be facing throughout this century). Just like a village hut can’t be adapted/changed to become a skyscraper.
You have to either completely level a village hut if you want to build a skyscraper in its place or you have to find a new place to build a skyscraper. But you can’t make changes to a village hut that would somehow turn it into a skyscraper.
Same idea with the new category of a city I designed. This hyper-city is so radically different from any of the existing cities, it has to be built from scratch. It’s not possible to modify an existing city so that it would become a hyper-city. Just like it’s not possible to modify a village hut to turn it into a skyscraper.
The first hyper-city will represent the pinnacle of human ingenuity and progress. So, I named it Star City.
You have to realize that any modern mega-city today (be it New York, London, Tokyo or Hong Kong) is fundamentally based on a 150-year old design. On the most basic level, it remains a 150-year old design with a few incremental changes on top.
So, the basic idea is:
To survive and move toward higher levels our civilization needs…
…a completely new category/class of a city.
Star City will be the first hyper-city and it will demonstrate, in real life, how to solve the most pressing problems of our civilization. In about 150 years from now hyper-cities of the Star City class will become the norm everywhere.
What makes the Star City class so different?
For starters, Star City will be 100% sustainable and 100% autonomous (self-sufficient).
100% sustainable means: Despite its size Star City won’t produce any waste. Everything, 100% of the waste material will be recycled.
100% self-sufficient means: Any and all clothing and food production will be done right within the city’s territory!
To make sure you understand the full extent of it, consider the following:
- Star City is designed to provide housing for 40 million people
- Star City will occupy roughly the same land area as Greater London
- Greater London today has a population of 8.5 million people and..
- London imports virtually all food because no edible crops grow on the city’s territory
- Star City will grow/produce all food to feed its 40 million residents right within the city’s territory!
- The United Kingdom as a country has a population of 64.5 million people
- The land area that represents Greater London is a tiny speck on the map of the UK (so, the UK has a lot of arable land)
- Still, the UK imports a significant amount of food from other countries.
I’ve developed a plan, a real PLAN based on proper calculations, to build a city that will not only provide great housing to its 40 million residents but also produce/grow (right in the city) ALL FOOD those 40 million people need!
Also: While London with its 8.5 million population already is a very crowded city (with a very limited amount of green space), Star City will not only offer great housing to 40 million people (on the same land area as Greater London) but will be by far the greenest city on the planet as compared to any mega-city existing today.
OK, by now you probably have a burning question:
“How in the world will we achieve such a seemingly impossible feat in this city?”
“How can you possibly feed 40 million people using such a tiny area of land?”
You’ll be amazed when I reveal the answer to you (it goes way beyond what you might have expected), but first, let me explain a few basics, to make sure you understand that it all has a very solid, real-world foundation. (no dreaming and no science-fiction involved here)
There are just 3 simple milestones we need to reach before we can start building Star City.
Of course, simple doesn’t mean easy, but these 3 milestones can be reached in less than 20 years from now.
Get at least 100 million supporters
To reach this milestone we need to get at least 100 million people from North America and Europe to support this mega project i.e. win them as supporters.
A supporter is defined as a member of our yet to be built social network created for this purpose. And while everyone will be able to join this social network relevant are people who live in North America and Europe (because they will contribute 90% to the milestone #2).
Now, last time I checked Facebook had 514 million monthly active users in North America and Europe. 100 million of that is roughly 20%. So, it’s realistic.
To get these 100 million supporters could take anywhere from 2 to 10 years. But I think 5 years is realistic.
Start generating at least $3 billion per month, every month.
If, on average, each of the 100 million supporters (=people living in North America and Europe) contributes $1 daily, that makes it $30 per month per person. Equals $3 billion monthly in total.
It could take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years until we figure out a model that consistently generates $3 billion in income every single month without failure. But we can start figuring this out long before we get 100 million supporters.
The bottom-line is: It’s realistic.
Establish Star City’s status as the number 1 world leader in science and technology.
NO permanent residential housing construction will start before we reach this milestone! Only temporary housing until this point. Star City must become the undisputed world leader in science and technology before we start any permanent residential housing construction. This is an absolute condition and cannot be changed. To keep this article short, I’ll spare you the reasoning behind that.
But you might be asking:
What will we do to establish Star City’s status as the world leader in science and technology?
Excellent question, my friend!
The answer might surprise you…
We will build the first space elevator!
Contrary to what you might think, this is NO science fiction! (click here to learn more)
All materials required for building a space elevator exist already today. At this point, building a space elevator is just an engineering challenge.
We already can manufacture the material for building a strong enough cable into space. The only challenge right now is: The maximum length we can manufacture at the moment is just about 3 feet (1 meter). The cable we need for a space elevator has to be roughly the same length as the circumference of the Earth at the equator.
If we get a team of top scientists to work on it with the same effort as during the work on the Manhattan Project (which we will), then it shouldn’t take more than 5–6 years to build a working prototype of the first space elevator.
But even in the worst case scenario, it shouldn’t take more than 10–12 years.
It’s unlikely that someone will build a space elevator before we do. That’s because at this time no one is willing to commit sufficient resources and money to achieve this goal in such a short period of time. And it’s unlikely that in the foreseeable future someone would decide to do that because a space elevator just isn’t profitable enough short term. (No country will commit so much budget that it would allow to build a space elevator so quickly. It’s just not a priority for any government and is unlikely to become a priority in the foreseeable future.)
But OK, let’s consider the worst case scenario and assume that someone builds a space elevator before we do. Well, in this case, we will have to focus a team of top scientists and engineers on something similarly ground-breaking and achieve that before anyone else does. Something that will earn us the status of the world leader in science and technology.
Once we achieve this milestone #3, we are ready to start building permanent residential housing in Star City.
The bottom-line is: It’s realistic.
Now it’s your turn!
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