Marc Lore, an American billionaire who actress Gwyneth Paltrow has called a mentor and a "wizard," is going to build an enormous utopian city in the middle of the desert. To us, it's sounding a lot like the plot of BioShock 4.
Going off the history of the series, businessmen with too much money building cities separate from the rest of society has not been an outrageous success. Violent rebellions, superpowered humans, corporate and corporeal corruption... Am I missing anything out here? Where the next entry into the series will be set is unknown at the moment, but we have heard that it will be an "emergent sandbox" with dialogue systems. That suggests that developer Cloud Chamber is evolving the formula of BioShock 4 with more modern elements and even a sprinkling of RPG mechanics.
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So. Lore, the former eCommerce CEO of Walmart, unveiled his idea for Telosa: "'a city of the future' supported by 'a reformed version of capitalism'". And it's a little strange. Firstly, it's going to be built over the course of several decades in the middle of the desert somewhere in the United States. I'm aware that this is not under the sea or up in the clouds, like Rapture or Columbia, but Lore did attend Columbia University before dropping out of his degree. It's all coming together.
Our vision is to create a new city in America that sets a global standard for urban living, expands human potential, and becomes a blueprint for future generations.#CityofTelosa #NewCity #CityoftheFuture pic.twitter.com/T9OO5ub6OT
- City of Telosa (@CityofTelosa) September 1, 2021
Secondly, it will cost about $400 billion and support a population of five million people, which is comparable to the size of Kolkata in India. The "15-minute city design" engineered by architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group will allow citizens to reach their workplaces, schools and other services within 15 minutes. I'm not sure how that works. How many schools are there going to be? How many offices? Will the offices be close to the manufacturing zones? Where will the parks and open spaces be?
Most of these questions are moot when you see the concept for Telosa's Equitism Tower. The "beacon for the city," it will house elevated water storage, aeroponic farms and a photovoltaic roof that generates renewable energy for all. There is always a lighthouse, there's always a man, there's always a city.
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