Phoenix cities of tomorrow

Working for the advancement of weapons, robotics, medical equipment, aeronautics, genetics, pharmaceuticals, communications, energy, transportation, and entertainment technology, residents should persuade and encourage the creation and running of the novel community.

Most of the many and very ambitious today’s cities lay claim to a certain perfection in different ways. But the actual state of things shows that they are failing. Protests and pandemics have locked down cities, urban business centers, suburban malls, and public spaces transformed into ghost towns. These are not the first time cities became the shadow of divine power, but the first time when most of us are aware of it.

Places, where we live, could adapt only if we become lean citizens and start treating urban territories as lean city projects.

Cities in the global are continuing to grow as a result of inward rural migration. One of the most pressing questions that urban planners face now is the apparent tension between density — the push towards cities becoming more concentrated, which is seen as essential to improving environmental sustainability — and disaggregation.

We could wonder if repopulation from the metropolis to the smaller communities will be a smarter solution to more sustainable living. Seems like renewed focus on finding design solutions for wider neighborhoods that enable people to socialize without being packed “sardine-like” is the new gold rush for the next generation.

Our mayors, governors, and community leaders could take isolation, economic depression, social distancing, and remote working and turn it into a cause for the future of urban paradise. Or at least they could make it suitable for homeless people to survive.

I was materially lucky not because I was born with a lot of money, I was materially lucky because people let me sleep on their floors. Believe me, we don’t have enough skilled people who want to work and places for bastards to sleep.

In the early 1960s, Walt Disney believed that hectic, disorganized, dirty, and crime-ridden communities perhaps could be rebuilt in places such as Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities of Tomorrow.

In his book, Ebenezer Howard proposed the founding of garden cities, each a self-sufficient entity — not a dormitory suburb — of a 30,000 population, and each ring by an agricultural belt unavailable to builders.

Howard was attempting to reverse the large-scale migration of people from rural areas and small towns to cities, which were becoming overpopulated. The garden cities were intended to provide heretofore rural districts with the economic opportunities and the amenities of large industrial cities.

Known as EPCOT, Disney’s idea included an urban city center, residential areas, churches, schools, and a series of mass transportation systems that would connect the community. It was to have been built in the shape of a circle with businesses and commercial areas at its center with community buildings, schools, and recreational complexes around it while residential neighborhoods would line the perimeter.

Disney showed what the city would look like and how it would work. The embryo of an idea grew to become the Disney Discovery park — 305 acres of attractions, shows, interactive presentations, dining, shopping, and architectural wonders.

Disney manifested his ideal community in the last video, right before he died.

“It (EPCOT) will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed but will always be introducing, and testing, and demonstrating new materials and new systems. And EPCOT will always be a showcase to the world of the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise.

I don’t believe there is a challenge anywhere in the world that’s more important to people everywhere than finding solutions to the problems of our cities.”

Some imagination, fortunately, comes true and Singapore is often cited as a real-life EPCOT country. William Gibson described Singapore as “Disneyland with the death penalty” in an article for Wired in 1993, due to its high degree of city planning and clean and orderly lifestyle.

The declining cost of distance is likely to accelerate as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The implications for big cities are immense. If proximity to one’s job is no longer a significant factor in deciding where to live, for example, then the appeal of the suburbs wanes; we could be heading towards a world in which existing city centers and far-flung new villages rise in prominence, while traditional commuter belts fade away.

The role cities like Disneys’, attempts to fulfill: to make its money and retain its influence while building a brighter, if perhaps in moments scarier future, one in which industrial companies are encouraged to come up with their best ideas in technology so that those ideas could be continuously demonstrated in the city.

Knowledge is what I want to point at. Absolute knowledge focused in small cities gives the power of terror but also the power of creation because knowledge makes people into another kind.

Why phoenix cities of tomorrow? Because this is not a story about death, but a story about hubris, self-realization, and self-recreation. It is a story about doing what past generations have always done, picking at the threads of past mistakes and turning over those rocks, and seeing what miracles we can make in the wreckage of what has gone before, without scribbling over the past.

Cities’ concentration of people and economic activity — which serves as the driving force for innovation and economic growth — could adapt to every unpredicted event effect.

For it to be possible to change the world, a great many individuals must believe that it is possible. Unforeseen consequences of today’s events make us think about genuine psychological, social, and economic changes, as well as want of serious justice, equality, and liberty. We never stop looking for the idea of a perfect utopia, though we are doomed to find something now or later.

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