What are Neo-Cities Forgetting?

When I think about the Neo-Cities of Lifsitz and Musk I get quite excited. They seem to be really designed with the external requirements of the human hive in mind.


But I also get really agitated. Because I wonder if they have considered any of the internal requirements of the human hive.

  • Like the known fact that humans go through a developmental cycle. How have they built into the design that we all start out at a basic stage and must learn our way through a series of developmental stages?
  • Do the designers recognize verticality in themselves? Have they made allowances for continuous learning and the need/opportunity for the city to change?
  • What happens if assumptions about the city’s environment (both internal and external) are drastically altered by events not under the designer’s control (e.g. natural disasters, or man-made invasions).
  • How do Neo-Cities respond to the need to defend themselves from external invaders? How do they defend themselves against envy, greed, power-plays?
  • What is the right relationship of Neo-Cities to other Neo-Cities and Traditional, Modern, Post-Modern Cities?

This blog is part of a series on Neo-Cities:

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/

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