Plans for Telosa City that promises to be eco-friendly, drought-resistant are unveiled


Plans for a new desert city that promises to be eco-friendly, drought-resistant, and have all amenities within 15 minutes of every home have been unveiled by former Walmart executive Marc Lore. 

Futuristic metropolis Telosa City is set to cost $400 billion to build and will host a population of up to five million across 150,000 acres.  

Known as a ’15-minute city design’, the blueprint includes plans for residents to be able to reach their place of work, education, and other amenities within quarter of an hour of their residence. 

Lore has described the city as a ‘new model for society’ as it includes plans for a new form of governance and named the futuristic utopia after the Greek word for ‘higher purpose’ – Telos.  

Planners are targeting areas of desert in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and the Appalachian region as potential building sites and are hoping to approach state officials ‘very soon’.

Plans for a new desert city that promises to be eco-friendly, drought-resistant, and have all amenities within 15 minutes of every home have been unveiled

Digital renderings of the project show reimagined living with blocks of houses covered in shrubbery and surrounded by green space

 Digital renderings of the project show reimagined living with blocks of houses covered in shrubbery and surrounded by green space

The first stage of construction, set to cost $25 billion, would see the city welcome its first 50,000 residents by 2030 and swell to its target population over 40 years. 

It would involve building the first houses over 1,500 acres, expanding to 150,000 acres in future stages of construction. 

Planners expect funding to come from ‘various sources’ – such as federal and state grants, economic development subsidies and private investors. 

Digital renderings of the project show reimagined living with blocks of houses covered in shrubbery and surrounded by green space.  

The sun soaked streets are filled with pedestrians and people riding scooters – with fossil-fuel-powered vehicles banned in the city. 

Plans also include a skyscraper with elevated water storage, aeroponic farms, and an energy-producing photovoltaic roof that allow the building – called Equitism tower – to ‘share and distribute all it produces. 

The first stage of construction, set to cost $25 billion, would see the city welcome its first 50,000 residents by 2030 and swell to its target population over 40 years

The first stage of construction, set to cost $25 billion, would see the city welcome its first 50,000 residents by 2030 and swell to its target population over 40 years

The sun soaked streets are filled with pedestrians and people riding scooters - with fossil-fuel-powered vehicles banned in the city

The sun soaked streets are filled with pedestrians and people riding scooters – with fossil-fuel-powered vehicles banned in the city

Lore’s plans go beyond infrastructure to lifestyle, however, his plans include a ‘transparent’ system of governance under which residents partake in the decision-making and budgeting process. 

The ‘new model for society’ also includes plans to offer residents shared ownership of the land under a community endowment. 

Lore has described the utopia metropolis as ‘the most open, the most fair, and the most inclusive in the world’. 

Former Walmart Executive Marc Lore designed the futuristic desert metropolis, known as a '15-minute city design', and unveiled plans for the $400 billion project last week

Former Walmart Executive Marc Lore designed the futuristic desert metropolis, known as a ’15-minute city design’, and unveiled plans for the $400 billion project last week

In a promotional video, he said the blueprint is intended ‘to create a more equitable, sustainable future.

‘That’s our North Star and that will never change. What we’re trying to do is combine the best of the cities across the world and bring them together. 

‘If you think about Telosa being as vibrant and diverse as New York City combined the efficiency, safety, and cleanliness of a city like Tokyo, combined with the social services and sustainable services and the governance system of a city like Stockholm.’

Lore, a tech entrepreneur, developed several popular websites which he sold to Walmart before become the retailer’s president and CEO from 2016 until earlier this year.

Founder of eponymous architect firm BIG, Bjarke Ingels, said the project ’embodies the social and environmental care of Scandinavian culture, and the freedom and opportunity of a more American culture.’



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