Saturday 16 December 2017


A what if urban planning and design parable are proposed.

Some time ago, there was proposed 100 “Smart Indian Cities” located on the best continent found in the world. The future population estimates now face sustainability, resilience and durability problems.

Future urban development and implementation of the proposed 100 “Smart Cities” demanded an innovation of a citizen-leadership decision-making process. The proposed 100 “Smart Cities” depends ultimately upon one another for mobility to trade and travel, to exchange business goods and experiences enhancing face-to-face engagements. A new wave of intermingled festivals shared a reliance on one another for survival. All citizens realized that they could not get by alone in urban futures.

Unfortunately, the adopted status quo energy and mobility system between the proposed 100 “Smart Cities” will become an absolute mess. Transitioning from creating coal and gas generation for electricity and the infrastructure needed to serve fossil fuels for trains; to add more vehicles on road networks; to indulge in landing strips and ports for airplanes, shipping and military uses is creating a serious future of default to cleanse the continent.

This is a picture of pure treachery. In every present province and town hall are middlemen just waiting to strike. Service experts offering to guide citizens into the bends and turns of urban futures are pricing their so-called expertise without acknowledging the citizen’s value of collaborative contributions.

One day, an intelligent high council convened, about a roundtable to change their ways of working together toward making choices about urban planning and design futures. The suggestion of a new transportation system was raised. What if they adopted new energy generation to insert a benign mobility system service for goods and people? Leaving the old railways, roadways to rather build a safer, faster, less polluting and less expensive way to get around from point-to-point over the whole continent. Promising a future of passage where all citizens could pass swiftly, easily and freely would cleanse the continent for future habitation.

Connecting the 100 dots of these “Smart City” locations together will create a network for a transportation system more advanced than anywhere in the world. Now that is true leadership concluded the high council.

But there was an issue with this concept. To build such a new transportation system the old one would have to be maintained until the new proposed one would take over its functions. How could travel occur in the mean time between the existing and the future? What of the cost? Would this new transportation system eventually pay for itself and be less costly than incrementally improving existing patterns of mobility service?

Acceptance of such a fresh transportation vision by the high council lifted a great economic burden for a future linked network serving the proposed 100 “Smart “City” locations. Investing financially the estimated results expects to bring great wealth and unbounded activities for all citizens. Adopting this service would profoundly change settlement patterns for the good of the following generations habitation.

Furthermore, the high council after many carefully considered reasons adopted a reasonable shift toward citizen-leadership decision-making into four organizational entities. This determination was practical and transformational. It was adopted unanimously.

1.0 Combine a “top-down” and “bottom-up” decision-making alliance. “Genius Clusters” with elected Ministers in Federal and Eco-States, cities, towns and villages. Communicating together on urban policy issues for purposes of mutual internal assessment and external consequences in choices for urban futures is a new pathway of exploration.

2.0 Doing this in newly established an “Eco-State” macro and micro-ecological boundaries that define and measures the biosphere for intrinsic indigenous value is a way to mentor, model and measure regenerative urban planning and design.

3.0 Introduction to practical Communications inside “Calm Rooms” supported by “Geoscope” technology for information streaming is technically and practically possible to achieve.

4.0 Establishing “Stakeholder R&D Laboratories” elected similarly as “Genius Clusters” that allows Corporations and Academia to found and foster research with intelligence and skills. These functions will evolve changes of understanding toward integration of verbal framing in written words, in numerical framing in digits and visual framing in illustrations. There are presently seventeen industries that are maturing, emerging, transforming or starring in humanities future activities.

This organizational shift will enable citizens to secure urban mobility to serve safe places in settlements. A future that will not take away the daily energies prescribed toward citizen labor but rather reward them for their contributions.

The joy expressed by all citizens for the High Council deliberations on these matters for the people on their continent they all inhabit encourages their intelligence and skills in the business of innovation and collaboration toward the heart of advancing life making choices.

Graham Kaye-Eddie
m.u.d. © 9/6/17 767 words


  1. Harry Ohls says:

    Combine high-level and low-level design. This was done at JPL, we called
    it middle-out design. As, the high-level managers would accidently promise too much if not modified/corrected, and the low-level would put in too much detail, such that our sponsors, Congress couldn’t fathom what they were talking about.

    Macro and micro boundaries. For my quality assurance profession, we knew
    that we had to establish “oversite” at both the low-level and high-level.
    Low-level meant day-by-day, week-by-week reasonable management,
    and high-level meant that the original purpose of the development and of
    the project had to be kept on track, and not wander.

    Just some thoughts, Harry

  2. admin says:

    Hi Harry,
    My appreciation for your response.

    Never thought of integrating design levels before. I hope my written thoughts are not high level!

    Regarding territories – micro and macro. Citizen-decision making occurs from individual waking to sleeping. The Creator establishes my need for oversight responsibility, accountability, evaluation, and judgment daily.

    Designing for cities is my purpose. Please keep me on track with this endeavor. as I do not wish to wander.

    Have you kept up to date with Michael Tellingers new approach for a One Small Town Project? Would care to receive your reflection.


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