What if we could redesign the way of living in a way that 100 Thousand Million people can share the earth in a sustainable way?
We have secured the land for the first "100TM Earth City”.
What is an Earth City?
An Earth City is the kind of city that results from considering the relevant concerns of humankind in the 21st century and using all of them to design and build it from the ground up.
We begin with the territory, characterizing its weather, its water, and energy sources, and mapping its exposure to natural threats like floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Next, we study the local ecosystem, with an emphasis on its degradation and potential restoration. With this in hand, we can define which areas should be off-limits for urbanization, due to intolerable exposure to natural disasters or the need to set apart some biological corridors for the local ecosystem to recover.
We can also estimate the number of people that can live sustainably in such a territory, considering the efficiency of current cost-effective technologies for water and energy generation and consumption.
Then we can design the houses and buildings, considering those technologies as key elements for laying out the distribution of rooms and artifacts in a way that optimizes water and energy use. Here we will make use of water reuse strategies, internal heat storage and transfer to take advantage of hot spots, thermal insulation and many others (see appendix). Of course, buildings and houses must take into account the seasonal variation in sunlight, using its orientation and accessories (like trees for example) to favor direct sunlight in winter and shadows in summer.
After narrowing down the territory and housing dimensions of the city, we move on to design the city itself, meaning what kind of buildings and houses to build and where to place them, zoning for service and commercial areas, different road types, among other dimensions. Besides the traditional urban design principles, in order to have a resilient city, reliable water and energy supply is a must, and for that we have to take into account another level of technologies. Its final form will vary depending on the selection of technologies used for producing water and generating energy, but in any case, we will take advantage of distributed generation and storage for both. Every house and building will have the equipment integrated into its structure (like solar roofs and rainwater collectors) and will be able to connect to a neighborhood network and benefit from community storage and trading. In the case of energy, community microgrids will consider the variability of renewable energy generation and shape the storage and consumption behavior according to the season and short term weather forecast. With respect to water, local storage tanks and pumps will serve as backups in case of emergency. In both, water and energy, the precise definition of nominal capacities and excess storage needed will be the result of detailed engineering calculations for each neighborhood/city/territory. An additional aspect of water is the need to dispose of sewage. In our cities we will have distributed sewage treatment for producing fertilizer, and therefore there will be no underground pipe system to send the waste away.
High speed fiber optic will reach each house, apartment and building. This is crucial in order to take advantage of cheap live voice and video communication in order to minimize unnecessary transport. For example, every person that can telecommute will be able to do so in this city with the highest standards for bandwidth and latency. This will also impact school education (yes, we will have a school), as some instructional lectures for middle and high school students could be done online, while local teachers do in-person tutoring and provide a personalized education for each kid.
We will encourage entrepreneurs to produce food locally, with the help of government subsidies for tech startups and alliances with world leading companies in vertical farming and other related technologies. This will, of course, not be enough to provide all the food for such a city, so we will also design optimal supply chain arrangements with neighboring towns and cities in order to minimize the collective ecological footprint.
Recycling and composting will be required and enforced. Every neighborhood will have stations for both processes, and we will also require (or package less) recyclable packaging materials in all the supply chain arrangements we can.
All houses and buildings will have the same construction and engineering standards, including the technology and equipment related to all the processes mentioned above. The only difference will be the amount of square meters available. Also, there will be no separate zoning for different house sizes. Every neighborhood will have a mix of house types. These principles, coupled with the replicability requirements favor a modular engineering and construction approach.
What an Earth City would look like?
100% Passive Design
Design & Construction
100% Reciclable Materials
Design & Construction
Low Consumption (1/3)
Health & Well being
100% Human Focused
Reliable (Resilient) Services
Learn more about our first Earth City
Chile: The perfect storm.
We must start somewhere, and accordingly, our internal analysis shows that Chile seems to be a very good location to start, followed by a site in other under developing locations like Mexico, Central America, or Africa. After achieving this, we would have successfully proven that we can design, build, populate and maintain a new city in a new way, achieving NetZero sustainable results not achieved before. The model can be systematically improved and expanded along the years to potentially impact all countries on earth.
Another important aspect of a real estate project, especially for one that may not be close to an already developed city or town, is to quickly escape the “isolated settlement” stage, populated mainly by early adopters. This is crucial in order to achieve self-sustaining growth and attract a significantly higher number of people. Compared to a traditional “far off” real estate project, which takes decades to reach a mature level, Earth Cities will be designed to have from the start a ‘critical mass’ of infrastructure and ready-to-operate services, in order to enable that kind of self-propelled growth. For this we will take advantage of every government subsidy that helps small and local entrepreneurship, to encourage and support people to create the local services we need.
Anticipation Specialist, member of a global network of expert practitioners focused on detecting and enabling the rise of emergent futures in the world. Multidisciplinary systems thinker with a strong engineering background combined with a broad range of intellectual interests. Ample experience in tackling complex challenges --sustainable mining, natural disasters, water availability-- from an anticipatory perspective in the public sector.
Global technology entrepreneur with a strong focus on innovation and with extensive experience of +20 years in business development and growth in Latin America using Chile as a hub in areas such as sustainable energy, energy efficiency, mining and process industry, robots and artificial intelligence, and who has been acting as a bridge connecting Chile and Finland as catalyst nodes / platforms for opportunities in Latin America and Europe / Scandinavia respectively.
Angel investor, early adopter. 20+ years of Business Experience with both a Technical Degree and an MBA (Duke Fuqua School of Business). Strong background in Operations Management, Team Building, Program Management, Cross-Function Management, and Supply Chain Management. Extensive experience from notable companies like Apple, Nest, Google, Flextronics, Palm and other startups funded by SoftBank or acquired by Apple.