Circular Cities 2050
Daily life in a Circular City is organized differently than our current day-to-day routines require. For the average citizen in a circular economy, the world around us will become more responsive—more resourceful for our civic needs.
There is more time for leisure, more time for family, more time for friends, and more time for exploration.
Daily life in a Circular City is inclusive and co creative by design.
Education is at the core of the Circular City experience. As students of the universe, we are seekers of truth, driven towards a greater understanding of life on Earth, and the great beyond.
As builders, artists, and engineers we understand the challenges now present in the 21th century. Calculating in evolutionary time—this is our survival of the fittest moment.
Social Enterprise is the financial HUB for the Circular City—diversifying opportunity for its citizens to follow their intuition, to chase their dreams, adding a more dynamic dimension to main street, redefining the notion of work as play.
From home, a Circular City is a network of Urban Villages—creatively accessible and environmentally sound. Through the lens of a just transition access to meaningful work, housing, healthcare, and social mobility is a right—the Circular City is a high-tech enterprise designed for economic & urban regeneration.
The energy grids of a Circular City are net-zero interconnected micro grids: renewable energy installations that are decentralized, community centered, and are developed as opportunities for creative place making, and civic art.
Energy cooperatives provide a mechanism for wealth building, embedding equity and urban resiliency into the very foundation of our shared infrastructure.
At scale, the global goal in the race to zero is to ignite and inspire a clean energy revolution that is both robust, and open to change.
Urban mobility in a Circular City is an integrated system of shared services governed by decentralized smart grids. Some modes are conductor guided, others autonomous, when combined they provide an inclusive network of public options including buses, trains, bikes, scooters, and a variety of other on-demand pick-up and delivery services.
In a Circular City we have abandoned privately owned vehicles as a resource—in exchange
mobility as-a-service allows urban planners and engineers the space to rethink the underlying grid; providing the opportunity to de-pave our urban environment, allowing for the upgrade of vital infrastructure services such as city-wide hydro-logic systems, wastewater treatment, storm water management, and for the remediation of toxic soil.
Through investment in natural infrastructure like sponge cities, green cities, thriving cities—a Circular City is a revitalized and resilient city, better prepared for the worst-case climate scenarios such as sea-level rise, wildfires, and more extreme droughts, floods, and epidemics.
Urban Manufacturing in a Circular City is reliant on (bio)regional inputs, regenerative webs of circular supply chains—industrial symbiosis. Located in the heart of the Urban Village "The Smart Factory" offers modern consumers just about anything, and everything imaginable.
"The Smart Factory" is a FAB Lab—a Makers HUB—designed for utility and convenience.
Through the digital transformation of on-demand manufacturing "The Smart Factory" offers the creative consumer a more meet-your-maker kind of experience. For instance, with on-demand apparel manufacturing anyone can become a designer and/or access an open-source database where fashion designers from all around the world have uploaded their designs.
In tune, "The Smart Factory" offers goods-as-a-service without the burden of private ownership.
Most importantly, when on-demand manufacturing is partnered with maker movements, artisans, craftsmen, and tradesmen, our local economies will no longer be dependent on our ports for the transport and warehousing of the goods we are all dependent on.
Notably, as we begin to alleviate our dependency on our seaports, we will begin to lessen our impact on our ocean ecosystems—allowing for recovery and regeneration.
The Circular City integrates agriculture into the very fabric of the Urban Village, ushering in the next great agricultural revolution. Inner city food security combines local solutions like the high-tech efficiency of vertical farming, aquaculture, and agrivoltaics while the rewilding of our built environment has opened up more space for regenerative urban farming practices and animal husbandry—all coexisting in a pea-patch communal setting.
Resiliency in a Circular City is driven by the need for more equity, creative diversity, and environmental justice.
A Circular City is first and foremost the applied logistics of a global circular economy—an industrial system based on three principles: design out waste and pollution, keep material flows circulating indefinitely, while regenerating Earth ecosystems.
A circular economy is a return to the natural order of things, where waste becomes a resource and all life on Earth prospers.