Telosa seeks to combine the best of cities around the world in one sustainable metropolis, forging a blueprint for the future.
Back in March, tech guru, Tesla CEO, and space cadet, Elon Musk, filed paperwork to create a city of his own surrounding his SpaceX launchbase in Boca Chica. Now, an even more visionary and technologically-advanced city might land in Texas. [Featured image via cityoftesola.com]
Named “Tesola” based off the greek term “Telos” – a word coined by Aristotle meaning the true final purpose of a human being or collective of human beings – the revolutionary city seeks to create a more equitable and sustainable future. In order to avoid traditional and constraining infrastructure policies, the city will be built from the ground up, allowing greater opportunity for innovation with the needs of its population at the forefront.
To create this city of the future, Tesola seeks to integrate qualities of other thriving metropolises:
“Imagine a city as vibrant and diverse as a New York City combined with efficiency, safety, and cleanliness of a city like Tokyo, combined with the social services, the sustainability, and the governess model of a city like Stockholm,” said project leader, Marc Lore.
Before taking on this project, Lore was the CEO of The Pit, Diapers.com, and Jet.com, of which he sold to Topps Company, Inc, Amazon, and Walmart, respectively. After serving for a few years at the CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, Lore stepped down to focus his efforts, at least in part, on his city of the future.
In support of his people-first model, a core proponent of Tesola will be what Lore calls “Equitism”, or inclusive economic growth that aims to reduce growing economic inequality.
“Imagine living in a city with an economic system in which citizens have a stake in the land; as the city does better, the residents do better. We call this Equitism,” the website reads.
To achieve this, a community endowment will own and manage the land, using income generated from ground leases and appreciation and putting that revenue into social services such as education, housing, jobs, and healthcare.
In an interview with Forbes, Lore claimed that Tesola would be “the most sustainable city in the world”. In addition to nature-integrated design, plans for the city include a renewable energy system, underground storage of garbage, a water system where in which water is stored, cleaned, and reused on site, as well as streetscapes zipping with solely autonomous vehicles.
Presently, Tesola is in the stage of nailing down their vision in regards to their mission, vision, and values, as well as expanding their team and scouting a location. Potential building points include Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, the Appalachian Region, and Texas. The 40-year project predicts that residents will begin to move in by 2030, with a population that would grow to 1,000,000 people in the first 10 – 20 years, and later to 5,000,000 after 40 years. For more information on Tesola, you can visit their website here.