The Civilization Project

Skyscrapers today are the shortest and most efficient way to provide people with comfortable and inexpensive housing. It seems logical to build a whole city consisting almost entirely of skyscrapers. Let's call this city and the project for its construction "Civilization".

In my "5-year Action Program for the EU"( under the section "Reforms in Construction" just listed the innovations that will make the proposed high-rise buildings the most outstanding high-rise buildings in the World. We list them below:

In order to sharply reduce the cost of housing in our innovative city, skyscrapers should be of the same type (let's say 3 different kinds) and assembled from modular structures like Lego.

It should be noted that some aspects of city design can only be optimally solved by designing an entire city from scratch. These aspects mainly include the low cost of housing due to the efficiency of construction technologies. And also, for example, a high-class system of separation, collection and utilization of household waste based on pneumatic garbage chutes.

The basic parameters of the city:

The main parameters of the proposed skyscrapers are as follows: storey = 60 (total residential floors 50), height = 190 m, base = 45 x 45 m, number of residents = 2500 people, 16 apartments of 90 square meters per floor (total 800 apartments). "Civilization" will be initially designed for comfortable living of 1 million residents. Therefore, the planned number of skyscrapers = 400 (384 for the symmetry of the object). This number of skyscrapers can be placed on a square of land with a side of 4 km. If you look at the city from above, you can determine the number of horizontal streets = number of longitudinal streets = 4. Then there will be 52 high-rise buildings along each street, 26 on each side. The distance between adjacent buildings in this case will be 88 m (between the centers of the buildings = 150 m). The buildings should be placed at an angle to each other so that the windows of the occupants of the neighboring buildings are not directly opposite. Distance between neighboring streets = 1050 m. Each street is an eight-lane highway, with four lanes in each direction of traffic + a separate lane for cyclists + a separate lane for pedestrians in each direction. As you can see in the picture, the city has nine impressive park areas, each of which will resemble the most famous central park in the United States in New York. In addition, the city itself will be located in a deserted and secluded area, surrounded by fields, forests and mountains.
Civilization Project, top view

Distinguishing Features:

«Civilization", as a city symbolizing the future of human civilization, will be 100% vegan! The complete rejection of animal products is dictated not only by ethical but also by economic reasons. Let me remind you, even though I have said it 100 times already, that for ethical reasons one realizes that it is not good to sponsor the mass murder of animals, skinning and dismembering them. It is not good to treat other people's lives as a price per pound. Animals feel pain just as humans do due to the presence of the central nervous system. From an economic perspective, humans realize that animal agriculture is responsible for the lion's share of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on a planetary scale, as well as excessive water consumption and trampling of soils. So Civilization stores will sell exclusively plant-based products. Innovative all-purpose products such as Mana( and similar products will occupy a worthy place among them.

Also in our city of the future there will be free electric public transportation (preferably streetcars because of their scalability and environmental friendliness). The presence of only four streets on each side of the city facilitates both the movement of transport and the laying of all communications (cold and hot water, electricity, internet, sewerage), which provides convenience of movement of people and an additional reduction in the cost of the city. It is also assumed that there will be only a small number of private electric cars, while people will mostly move around on foot, by bicycle and by public transportation.

The absolute majority of social facilities such as stores, canteens, kindergartens, schools, universities, hospitals, fitness centers, offices of various companies, data centers and even some industrial production will be located in the skyscrapers themselves. An average of 10 floors in each skyscraper will be allocated for this purpose.

The city will implement measures in the field of childbearing: raising children in large families will be equated to paid work with corresponding payments (see the section "700€ per month for the third and fourth child" in the "Action Program for the EU for 5 years"). Priority reinstatement of people back to work after the child-rearing period will also be considered;

In the schools of "Civilization" as a foreign language will be taught an artificial language, claiming to be a single universal language for all mankind as a second language of communication. In terms of ease of learning, this language will surpass English and any other natural language by an order of magnitude.

The city will be 100% cashless. Mandatory tax returns as an excessive bureaucratic tool will be abolished. Taxation will be calculated automatically.

The city will practice the refusal of paper documents and transition to fully electronic document management. Each resident will have his/her own secure e-mail account where all possible correspondence will be sent. Thus, the load on the regular mail will be reduced: newspapers, all paper letters will come exclusively to the electronic mail.

The system of waste separation and utilization will be the most modern in the World. As an example, we can take the pneumatic garbage chute system used in the city of Helsinki (Finland) or Stockholm (Sweden, link). In this case there is no need to use garbage cans and garbage trucks, all garbage is automatically delivered to the place of its recycling. In order to better understand which type of garbage is recycled where, a special smartphone app will be developed.

No cemetery is provided: there will be a hydrogen-powered crematorium for the dead.

A special smartphone app will be used for voting and referendums on all sorts of issues, as detailed in the 5 Year Action Agenda for the EU.

The city will have a strict and controlled migration policy focused on maintaining economic growth and social stability (see the relevant section in the 5-year Action Program for the EU).

When moving to Civilization for permanent residence, each citizen will sign a binding agreement to abide by the City's rules.

The city will be fully self-sufficient in electricity, hot water and heating. All these types of energy will be produced from the Earth's heat using deep horizontal drilling technology without heat pumps (see the section "Energy Reforms" in the 5-year Action Program for the EU).

Realtors with their price premiums will be absent as a class. There will be one single bureau for resettlement of citizens in the city. A centralized web-based apartment search service should replace all unnecessary layers. This will ensure the convenience of apartment search and regulated rates. At the same time, each rental unit should be accompanied by 3D models of its interior, as well as 3D exteriors of the building itself and the surrounding area.

The wastewater treatment plant and waste treatment will be located close to the city in an industrial area. The city will be adjoined by a railway station, an autobahn exit and an airport.

Cultural life of the city will also take place in the park areas. Appropriate stages and special facilities will be built there.

Due to the uniqueness of the city "Civilization" is expected an influx of tourists, who will be surprised by the abundance of green spaces.

Provision will be made for expansion of the city while respecting its basic topology.

Cost, construction time, payback:

The cost of building such a city can be roughly estimated based on the cost of its high-rise buildings not exceeding 100 million € and the number of these buildings. Thus the total cost of the city should be 384 [total buildings] x 100 million € = 38.4 billion €. This is an amount that many of today's billionaires can afford.

If we hire an army of 19.200 construction workers (50 people at a time for each high-rise building) and pay them an average of 5.000€/month (gross), the salary costs will amount to 1.15 billion € per year. All the buildings are supposed to be erected simultaneously using prefabricated prefabrication technology. The construction time of the entire city should not exceed three years.

The main income of investors will consist of rent. The cost per apartment can be calculated as follows: 38.4 billion € [total investment] / ((800 [total apartments in one building of 90 sqm] + 160 [equivalent through apartments of 90 sqm for commercial real estate]) x 384 [total buildings]) = 104.000 €. If we define the net income from renting out each apartment and commercial property as 500 €/month (for 90 sq.m.) or 6.000 €/year, the return on investment will come in 17.4 years. Investors will also own generating capacities (electricity and heat) and other facilities on the territory of the city, which will increase the return on investment.

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