Where would you start if you were able to design a city from scratch? What would your priorities be?The opportunity to have a blank canvas would be liberating for many planners, but there’s always a multitude of competing interests and considerations to be taken into account.
What about our existing cities, shouldn’t they be fixed first?The folks at Silicon Valley seed funder and startup incubator
Y Combinator have thrown out the
call for applications to join their research project to study building new, better cities.
Y Combinator has a sound track record at successfully funding startups including with such businesses as Dropbox, stripe, Airbnb and reddit.
The New Cities project believes its research will also make existing cities better but will concentrate its efforts on new cities as “there's [already] important work being done by smart people to improve them.”
Adora Cheung, Y Combinator partner, said that they’re serious about building new cities and think they know how it would be financed.
She wrote:“Our goal is to design the best possible city given the constraints of existing laws.
“There are many high-level questions we want to think through, for example:
Building a city from scratch may be biting off more than they can chew though according to Gizmodo’s Alissa Walker. She believes the logistics of building all the infrastructure that people need to exist and live in a sustainable, low-emission lifestyle and be economically stable would be quite an accomplishment.
She suggests that perhaps they start off with building a city for all the startups they entice to Silicon Valley.
What do you think? What other considerations should be addressed?
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