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My City 2.0

My idea operates on the fundamental assumption that we will continue to do things that we want to do, which is the current way and always will be the way the world operates on some level, if you open your mind a bit, this is our way of living sustainably.

We talk about overpopulation, but only live on 1/3 of the surface area of the globe.
The city i envision will be on water, and will operate how society does now. However it will be fully sustainable. What ever we consume, no matter what the rate of consumption is, we can make use of the "waste." Right now, at my school im currently involved in a competition that does just this. However i do not see it as a competition, i see it as an opportunity to move forward with this idea. This is how my city will be powered.

Out of this process, fertilizer is obtainable from the all "waste", and that will be used to grow food. This is how my city will be fed.

Using the same digestion process to produce energy from waste, the gas will be used to convert into hydrogen gas to be used in fuel cells in cars/trucks. This is how my city will transport itself.

My city will not be limited to these options to move forward and will openly accept new ideas. In order to aid that process, the city will be build with an infrastructure such that it will be easier to change what is currently in place. People want to change fundamentally, why not base the way we live our lives and perceive the world around that?

This is what i want to work for in my life time. I want to find people who want do achieve this regardless if they might work or not. Because if someone believes it will work, then it will work. All it takes is people playing the part in the way they want to. I believe that i am that someone. I believe that we all can be that someone.

  • Jan 3 2012: Based on your ideas I suggest that you look up the Venus project. It is all about designing cities and a sustainable world we can live in, as well as your cities at sea idea. What most interests me about your City 2.0 is living on the other 2 thirds of the earths surface. My main question is do we have enough resources to do this? And will it maintain a comfortable standard of living to suite one's needs?
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      Jan 3 2012: Yeah i actually heard about it and looked into and everything. One thing that i didn't like about it was i actually want to work on projects as well as design them, and they do a bit too much talking and not enough trying to start something up. But that was just my perception of it.
      I think we do have enough resources to do this, i wanted to talk about using the stockpiled crates in ship yards due to our trade deficit with contracts that produce most of our products. Of course feasibility studies will have to be done, but im sure the government would love the space they currently use so i think they would be willing to sell them for cheap.
      And a city will only maintain a standard of living if it holds that exception of the powers that govern it and makes them accountable. We dont have enough of that now, but its something that will always need to be worked on, regardless of whether a city is on land, water or some colony in space.
      • Jan 3 2012: I couldn't agree more. I thought I might just add to it...if you look into google they have plans for sending their data out to sea, to save money on cooling down all the equipment at a cheap price. I started to look into the cooling down factories require and it is a huge problem. Sending factories out to sea seems like a good idea and governments around the world would be interested. Then what about farming? We mess with ecology when we go through current methods of farming why not send it all to sea as well?
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          Jan 3 2012: precisely! that would cover machining/infrastructure in such a city.

          and for farming thats why i hinted at using the digeste from biogas digesters as fertilizer for food instead of relying of heavily processed fertilizers.

          well the idea is feasiible its just getting people to fund it :P but for now i guess im going to try doing my projects on land ha
  • Jan 3 2012: Yes money is what every engineer/scientist needs it's why I believe in a resource based economy. Just out of curiosity what projects? I am very interested in what you were mentioning before.
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      Jan 3 2012: Im currently involved with this

      and im also working with a local contact in RI to take a entire island off the gird (80,000 people) using a similar system im trying to develop with my group for the contest.(converting waste to biogas, to use to create hydrogen for a hydrogen fuel cell to power the university)