When you think of major US cities you probably think of places like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc… These cities have long histories of industry, culture, and of course their residents. But what if a brand new, massive urban centre was built from scratch? That’s exactly what the billionaire Marc Lore has planned.

Who would’ve thought, billionaires envisioning utopias in a world where systems are failing, coasts are shrinking and a pandemic is raging. 2021 sure has been a year folks! And after Jeff Bezos went to space earlier this year, we’re not too surprised to see billionaires trying to build their own cities. Speaking of Bezos, Amazon bought Lore’s first slew of e-commerce companies for $545 million back in 2011. Anyway, let’s get into the details of his vision.

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Marc Lore’s vision is a 150,000-acre, 5-million-person city called ‘Telosa’ that would sit in the middle of the desert. Now keep in mind the projected population is a target to be achieved over 40 years. And the location of the said city has yet to be revealed. But the bottom line here is that the mission of the city “is to create a more equitable and sustainable future.”

Some possible locations include Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, and the Appalachian region. The Dubai of America will be known as ‘Telosa’ and features buildings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and a $400 billion dollar construction price tag. Can you imagine if he were to just reinvest that money into systems that already exist? What a concept!

telosa city in the desert
Rendering via BIG and Bucharest Studio

Jokes aside, Telosa would have some redeeming qualities like eco-friendly architecture, sustainable energy production, and a 15-minute city design. That design basically means that residents will be able to access work, school, and amenities within a 15-minute commute. It’s also worth mentioning that fossil fuel vehicles will be banned in the city. Looks like Elon Musk might be getting in on this one!

With an extremely futuristic design, plenty of green spaces and a step towards a greener future, Telosa is certainly a unique plan. If Lore can get funding for this project, planners hope to approach state officials “soon” and also welcome the first residents by 2030. Would you move to Telosa?

Either way you can learn more by clicking here. Dream big folks and maybe read some Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin to prepare yourself for the future.