Open, fair, and inclusive: these three words describe the new city designed by the architecture firm Bjarke Ingels (BIG) for American entrepreneur Marc Lore. Debuting on social media in early September, Telosa will house 5 million people and is planned to be built on a 150,000-acre site in the US. The project’s vision is to create a new American city that is paving the way for future generations.
Lore invented the concept of Telosa: it is built on the model of socio-economic equitism based on community ownership. Lore and BIG also plan for Telosa to be a sustainable, open, and inclusive city: strategies listed on the official website include water recycling, renewable energy, equal access to education, and access to nature and safe public spaces.
The renders that have been released show a futuristic tower rising from the desert. The structure integrates a photovoltaic roof, elevated water storage, and aeroponic farms. Furthermore, Telosa’s streets sharing nature and slow-moving cars also prioritize cyclists and pedestrians. Training centers, cultural institutions, and retail spill out onto shaded public spaces encouraging residents to come together. Telosa’s public realm is vibrant and active, with open space woven throughout the dense city fabric, and urban parks are home to native planting and carefully managed reservoirs. According to plans, the first residents of Telosa will start moving in by 2030.