A plan for the world’s most sustainable city has been designed and is expected to welcome its first residents by 2030. Proposed for construction in an undecided desert location in the United States, the city of Telosa is estimated to cost $400 billion and accommodate a population of 5 million.

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A bird's-eye rendering of a gridded city in a desert.

Planned to span 150,000 acres, the city’s design infuses eco-friendly construction with technology to create an urban environment based on the needs of its residents. Telosa will address inequitable aspects of current society, including poor or limited access to healthcare, education and housing. It seeks to eliminate the barriers that hinder growth to create a self-sustaining society. In fact, the name Telosa comes from the Greek word telos, a word coined by Aristotle to express “highest purpose,” encouraging citizens to reach their true potential.

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Marc Lore, an American billionaire, former Walmart CEO and well-known investor, envisioned this urban utopia. Lore is now focusing his efforts on developing Telosa to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for its residents, making it a model for other cities. He states that the three core values Telosa embodies are being open, fair and inclusive. He aims to combine the best components of pre-existing cities to make Telosa successful. These qualities include the diversity of New York, the cleanliness of Tokyo, and the social services of Stockholm, among others.

A rendering of a futuristic city skyline.

Lore plans to focus the city on its citizens and allow it to be structured on the notion of what he calls “equitism,” an economic system where residents have shared land ownership. This has been inspired by the works of Henry George, an economist and social theorist that highlighted the flaws of capitalism, particularly regarding land ownership in the United States.

Internationally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed the master plan for Telosa. A 15-minute city model will allow residents to access public spaces including school, work and recreation within 15 minutes of their homes. Plant-covered buildings and open spaces encouraging gathering weave between the pedestrian-friendly streets. These parks feature endemic plant species and reservoirs that store the city’s water.

A street rendering with plant covered buildings and pedestrians walking.

Reaching for the sky, Telosa’s central skyscraper, known as the Equitism Tower, will also take advantage of sustainable systems. It will feature elevated water storage, a photovoltaic roof and aeroponic farms that cultivate plants without using soil by spraying their roots with nutrient solutions. Meanwhile, underground systems will transport goods and dispose of waste.

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Renderings by Bjarke Ingels Group