Our cities' current electric infrastructure was built (long ago) in a way that is incompatible with a future filled with resilient human technological development.
In fact, today's electric grid, and cities, are efficient, but not particularly secure or resilient. Urban dependence on the one-day shipping economy and aging electric grid has bred great vulnerability for urban inhabitants - should that global delivery system fail for a period of more than three months, cities will die. Rural populations are more secure. The threats are a simple as a virus. And as complex as understanding solar physics. Given current political divides, this could end in a urban v. rural catastrophe.
Knowledge increasingly is stored digitally, but is vulnerable to inevitable black swan events.
This knowledge loss risk results from technological dependence. This does not mean technology or innovation is not great. It means we should hedge our exposure to technological advances by making our cities more fractal (principally - distributed, modular, and beautiful.) This follows design principles that mirror nature. This new program starts with making electricity more fractal.
In the words of Geoffrey West, parts of Cities do not follow biological scaling laws, and create super-linear scaling with respect to risk of crime and disease. This can be remedied by making cities more fractal. Seriously.
The Titanic (the most advanced technology at the time) did not have enough lifeboats (and was alone). We are designing new city infrastructure modules to act as an armada of nesting ships, each with nested lifeboats and life jackets for when we hit a metaphorical iceberg.
That is the simple part. Copy nature's more elegant structures, including quantum physics (fractality). But start with a definition:
Tomorrow's city will be defined as “a bounded, modular, and distributed unit of humans capable of indefinite self sustenance and replication."
Open, closed, and partial open closed microgrids inside of everyday household objects is the next step. We are starting with what we call the SCUBE. It is the first in our Sustainable Solar Survival Series of technology products.
Community Adaptation is driving the change in what it means to be a city in tomorrow's world.