Large parts of 20th century cities were designed in a way that is incompatible for the future.
That is why Google is building a new city on the edge of Toronto.
That is probably why Bill Gates is building a "smart city" in Arizona.
That is why we are leading the charge to bring all of these people together on Charrette in 2019. You can apply to be one of the 150 thought leaders at the Charrette here.
Unfortunately, today's cities are efficient, but not particularly secure. Our dive into AI could make this problem worse. Urban dependence on the one-day shipping economy and failing 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. Given current political divides, this could mean political catastrophe.
This vulnerability results from technological dependence in the face of black swan events. 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.)
In part, cities are at risk because they have been defined and designed incorrectly.
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, for example. This can be remedied by making cities more fractal. Seriously.
Tomorrow's city make that change by redefining themselves as “a bounded, modular, and distributed unit of humans capable of indefinite self sustenance and replication." Every TinyCity, from size 3,500 - 8 Million humans will be capable of rebuilding humanity based on retained human knowledge in the event of catastrophe. It will also be capable of self sustenance such that if, for example, a global virus is spreading, each TinyCity can cut itself off from the rest of the world until the threat passes.
The Titanic (the most advanced technology at the time) did not have enough lifeboats. It also was not in an armada of ships. We are designing scaling layers of TinyCities that act as an armada of ships, each with lifeboats and life jackets for when we hit a metaphorical iceberg. The vertical separation of powers of TinyCities is complimented by a horizontal separation of powers called TinyGovernment.
The design encourages early returns for governments and corporations by reducing continuity of operations planning and insurance. Early stage real estate investment will see exceptional returns in the medium-term.
That is the simple part. Copy nature's more elegant structures.
Bee colonies, ant colonies, mars colonies. Why not earth colonies? Good practice for mars, that's certain.
That's Right. BIOMIMICRY.
The first task is to shift is the definition of a city in daily conversation. Community Adaptation is undoubtedly driving the change in what it means to be a city in tomorrow's economy.
But, TinyCities is an enormously capital intensive undertaking. We are submitting grant applications and in talks with the major players in the tech industry - but, currently still self-funding. And although we are always looking for an angel, our plans are focused on developing a highly produced podcast to test the alpha and beta market. If we can develop enough followers on the TinyCities Podcast, we are confident that is something we can take to the bank.
The big dream is to someday fulfill Frank Lloyd Wright's vision, by building a [Tiny]City Within A Skyscraper, a sketch of which is pictured below. It will soar a mile into the sky, and dive a mile into an abandoned hard-rock mine.