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  1. 1. What Is The Venus Project?The Venus Project operates out of a 21.5-acre Research Center located in Venus, Florida.When one considers the enormity of the challenges facing society today, we can safelyconclude that the time is long overdue for us to reexamine our values, and to reflect uponand evaluate some of the underlying issues and assumptions we have as a society. Thisself-analysis calls into question the very nature of what it means to be human, what itmeans to be a member of a "civilization," and what choices we can make today to ensurea prosperous future for all the worlds people.At present we are left with very few alternatives. The answers of yesterday are no longerrelevant. Either we continue as we have been with our outmoded social customs andhabits of thought, in which case our future will be threatened, or we can apply a moreappropriate set of values that are relevant to an emergent society.Experience tells us that human behavior can be modified, either toward constructive ordestructive activity. This is what The Venus Project is all about - directing our technologyand resources toward the positive, for the maximum benefit of people and planet andseeking out new ways of thinking and living that emphasize and celebrate the vastpotential of the human spirit. We have the tools at hand to design - and build - a future thatis worthy of the human potential. The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction forhumanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. What follows is notan attempt to predict what will be done - only what could be done. The responsibility forour future is in our hands, and depends on the decisions that we make today. Thegreatest resource that is available today is our own ingenuity.While social reformers and think tanks formulate strategies that treat only superficialsymptoms, without touching the basic social operation, The Venus Project approachesthese problems somewhat differently. We feel we cannot eliminate these problems withinthe framework of the present political and monetary establishment. It would take too manyyears to accomplish any significant change. Most likely they would be watered down and
  2. 2. thinned out to such an extent that the changes would be indistinguishableThe Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilizationunlike any social system that has gone before. Although this description is highlycondensed, it is based upon years of study and experimental research by many, manypeople from many scientific disciplines.The Venus Project proposes a fresh approach--one that is dedicated to human andenvironmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that isappropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positivefuture for all the worlds people.The Venus Project calls for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, inwhich the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradationand unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totallyunacceptable.One of the basic premises of The Venus Project is that we work towards having all of theEarths resources as the common heritage of all the worlds people. Anything less willsimply result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent inthe present system.Throughout history, change has been slow. Successive groups of incompetent leadershave replaced those that preceded them, but the underlying social and economicproblems remain because the basic value systems have gone unaltered. The problemswe are faced with today cannot be solved politically or financially because they are highlytechnical in nature. There may not even be enough money available to pay for therequired changes, but there are more than enough resources. This is why The VenusProject advocates the transition from a monetary-based society to the eventual realizationof a resource-based global economy.We realize to make the transition from our present culture, which is politically incompetent,scarcity-oriented and obsolete, to this new, more humane society will require a quantumleap in both thought and action.
  3. 3. An Obsolete Monetary SystemThe money-based system evolved centuries ago. All of the worlds economic systems -socialism, communism, fascism, and even the vaunted free enterprise system -perpetuate social stratification, elitism, nationalism, and racism, primarily based oneconomic disparity. As long as a social system uses money or barter, people and nationswill seek to maintain the economic competitive edge or, if they cannot do so by means ofcommerce they will by military intervention. We still utilize these same outmoded methods.Our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living foreveryone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive isprofit. Strategies such as downsizing and toxic dumping increase the profit margin. Withthe advent of automation, cybernation, artificial intelligence and out sourcing, there will bean ever-increasing replacement of people by machines. As a result, fewer people will beable to purchase goods and services even though our capability to produce an abundancewill continue to exist.Our present, outmoded political and economic systems are unable to apply the realbenefits of todays innovative technology to achieve the greatest good for all people, andto overcome the inequities imposed upon so many. Our technology is racing forward yetour social designs have remained relatively static. In other words cultural change has notkept pace with technological change. We now have the means to produce goods andservices in abundance for everyone.Unfortunately, today science and technology have been diverted from achieving thegreatest good for reasons of self-interest and monetary gain through plannedobsolescence sometimes referred to as the conscious withdrawal of efficiency. Forexample, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, whose function is presumed to beconducting research into ways of achieving higher crop yields per acre, actually paysfarmers not to produce at full-capacity. The monetary system tends to hold back theapplication of these methods that we know would best serve the interests of people andthe environment.
  4. 4. In a monetary system purchasing power is not related to our capacity to produce goodsand services. For example, during a depression, there are computers and DVDs on storeshelves and automobiles in car lots, but most people do not have the purchasing power tobuy them. The earth is still the same place; it is just the rules of the game that are obsoleteand create strife, deprivation and unnecessary human suffering.A monetary system developed years ago as a device to control human behavior in anenvironment with limited resources. Today money is used to regulate the economy not forthe benefit of the general populace, but for those who control the financial wealth ofnations.Resource Based EconomyAll social systems, regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social customs,ultimately depend upon natural resources, i.e. clean air and water, arable land and thenecessary technology and personnel to maintain a high standard of living.Simply stated, a Resource-Based Economy utilizes existing resources rather than moneyand provides an equitable method of distributing these resources in the most efficientmanner for the entire population. It is a system in which all goods and services areavailable without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.Earth is abundant with plentiful resources; today our practice of rationing resourcesthrough monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival. Modernsociety has access to highly advanced technologies and can make available food,clothing, housing, medical care, a relevant educational system, and develop a limitlesssupply of renewable, non-contaminating energy such as geothermal, solar, wind, tidal, etc.It is now possible to have everyone enjoy a very high standard of living with all of theamenities that a prosperous civilization can provide. This can be accomplished throughthe intelligent and humane application of science and technology.A Resource-Based Economy would make it possible to use technology to overcome
  5. 5. scarce resources by applying renewable sources of energy, computerizing andautomating manufacturing and inventory, designing safe energy-efficient cities andadvanced transportation systems, providing universal health care and more relevanteducation, and most of all by generating a new incentive system based on human andenvironmental concern.Many people believe that there is too much technology in the world today, and thattechnology is the major cause of our environmental pollution. This is not the case. It is theabuse and misuse of technology that should be our major concern. In a more humanecivilization, instead of machines displacing people they would shorten the workday,increase the availability of goods and services, and lengthen vacation time. If we utilizenew technology to raise the standard of living for all people, then the infusion of machinetechnology would no longer be a threat.To better understand the meaning of a Resource Based Economy consider this: if all themoney in the world were destroyed, as long as topsoil, factories, and other resourceswere left intact, we could build anything we choose to build and fulfill any human need. It isnot money that people need; rather, it is free access to the necessities of life. Ina Resource Based Economy, money would be irrelevant. All that would be required arethe resources and the manufacturing and distribution of the products.When education and resources are made available to all people without a price tag, therewould be no limit to the human potential. Although this is difficult to imagine, even thewealthiest person today would be far better off in a resource based society as proposedby The Venus Project. Today the middle classes live better than kings of times past. InaResource Based Economy everyone would live better than the wealthiest of today.In such a society, the measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of onesindividual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.The Choice Is Ours To MakeHuman behavior is subject to the same laws as any other natural phenomenon. Ourcustoms, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed,prejudice, bigotry, patriotism and hatred; these are all learned behavior patterns. If theenvironment is unaltered, similar behavior will reoccur.Today, much of the technology needed to bring about a global Resource-Based Economy
  6. 6. exists. If we choose to conform to the limitations of our present monetary-based economy,then it is likely that we will continue to live with its inevitable results: war, poverty, hunger,deprivation, crime, ignorance, stress, fear, and inequity. On the other hand, if we embracethe concept of a global Resource Based Economy, learn more about it, and share ourunderstanding with our friends, this will help humanity evolve out of its present state.The only limitations are those we impose upon ourselves. The Venus Project is neitherutopian nor Orwellian, nor does it reflect the dreams of impractical idealists. Instead, itpresents attainable goals requiring only the intelligent application of what we alreadyknow.The Venus Project - VideoPart 1powered by YoutubePart 2powered by YoutubeResource Based EconomyA Resource-Based Economy is a system in which all goods and services are availablewithout the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. Allresources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The
  7. 7. premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentifulresource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant andcounter productive to our survival.Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food,clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop alimitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficientlydesigned economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of theamenities of a high technological society.A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea,physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. Inan economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of thenecessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all.Consider the following examples: At the beginning of World War II the US had a mere 600or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out morethan 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we haveenough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did nothave enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enoughresources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the highproduction and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered intimes of war.In a resource-based economy all of the worlds resources are held as the commonheritage of all of Earths people, thus eventually outgrowing the need for the artificialboundaries that separate people. This is the unifying imperative.We must emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing whatever incommon with the present aims of an elite to form a world government with themselves andlarge corporations at the helm, and the vast majority of the worlds population subservientto them. Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to bethe best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.Our proposals would not only add to the well being of people, but they would also providethe necessary information that would enable them to participate in any area of theircompetence. The measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of onesindividual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.
  8. 8. At present, we have enough material resources to provide a very high standard of livingfor all of Earths inhabitants. Only when population exceeds the carrying capacity of theland do many problems such as greed, crime and violence emerge. By overcomingscarcity, most of the crimes and even the prisons of todays society would no longer benecessary.A resource-based world economy would also involve all-out efforts to develop new, clean,and renewable sources of energy: geothermal; controlled fusion; solar; photovoltaic; wind,wave, and tidal power; and even fuel from the oceans. We would eventually be able tohave energy in unlimited quantity that could propel civilization for thousands of years. Aresource-based economy must also be committed to the redesign of our cities,transportation systems, and industrial plants, allowing them to be energy efficient, clean,and conveniently serve the needs of all people.What else would a resource-based economy mean? Technology intelligently andefficiently applied, conserves energy, reduces waste, and provides more leisure time.With automated inventory on a global scale, we can maintain a balance betweenproduction and distribution. Only nutritious and healthy food would be available andplanned obsolescence would be unnecessary and non-existent in a resource-basedeconomy.As we outgrow the need for professions based on the monetary system, for instancelawyers, bankers, insurance agents, marketing and advertising personnel, salespersons,and stockbrokers, a considerable amount of waste will be eliminated. Considerableamounts of energy would also be saved by eliminating the duplication of competitiveproducts such as tools, eating utensils, pots, pans and vacuum cleaners. Choice is good.But instead of hundreds of different manufacturing plants and all the paperwork andpersonnel required to turn out similar products, only a few of the highest quality would beneeded to serve the entire population. Our only shortage is the lack of creative thoughtand intelligence in ourselves and our elected leaders to solve these problems. The mostvaluable, untapped resource today is human ingenuity.With the elimination of debt, the fear of losing ones job will no longer be a threat Thisassurance, combined with education on how to relate to one another in a much moremeaningful way, could considerably reduce both mental and physical stress and leave usfree to explore and develop our abilities.
  9. 9. If the thought of eliminating money still troubles you, consider this: If a group of peoplewith gold, diamonds and money were stranded on an island that had no resources suchas food, clean air and water, their wealth would be irrelevant to their survival. It is onlywhen resources are scarce that money can be used to control their distribution. One couldnot, for example, sell the air we breathe or water abundantly flowing down from amountain stream. Although air and water are valuable, in abundance they cannot be sold.Money is only important in a society when certain resources for survival must be rationedand the people accept money as an exchange medium for the scarce resources. Money isa social convention, an agreement if you will. It is neither a natural resource nor does itrepresent one. It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to acceptit as such.Intelligent HousingThe Venus Project recommends that the present state and aims of architecture beredefined to fit the evolving needs of individuals in this new, emergent culture.The architecture and individual dwellings of future cities will evolve on an entirely differentbasis from todays houses. With the intelligent application of humane technologies, we willbe able to provide and allow for a wide array of unique individual homes. Their structuralelements will be flexible and coherently arranged to best serve individual preference.These pre-fabricated, modular homes, embodying a high degree of flexibilityinconceivable in times past, could be built anyplace one might imagine, amidst forests,atop mountains, or on remote islands.All of these dwellings can be designed as self-contained residences with their own thermalgenerators and heat concentrators. Photovoltaic arrays would be built into the skin of thebuilding and into the windows themselves. "Thermopanes" would be used to tint out thebright sunlight by variable patterns of shading. All these features could be selected by theoccupant to supply more than enough of the energy required to operate the entirehousehold.
  10. 10. Homes could be prefabricated of a new type of pre-stressed, reinforced concrete with aflexible ceramic external coating that would be relatively maintenance free, fireproof, andimpervious to the weather. Their thin shell construction can be mass-produced in a matterof hours. With this type of construction, there would be minimal damage from earthquakesand hurricanes.TransportationMaglev TrainsVarious segments of the passenger compartments on these high-speed maglev trains canbe removed as the train passes through the station. These removable sections can thentake passengers to their local destinations while other compartments are lowered in theirplace. This method allows the main body of the train to remain in motion, thus conservingenergy. In addition, the removable multi-functional compartments could be speciallyequipped to serve most transportation purposes.AircraftSince military aircraft will be unnecessary in the future, emphasis can be shifted toadvancing medical, emergency, service, and transportation vehicles. Here is an exampleof VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft with three synchronous turbines, whichallow for exceptional maneuverability. These delta-configuration aircraft can be controlledby electrodynamic means eliminating the need for ailerons, elevators, rudders, spoilers,flaps or any other mechanical controls. In addition to providing better maneuverability andaerodynamic qualities, this innovative technology will also serve as an anti-icing system.
  11. 11. In the event of an emergency landing fuel will be ejected to prevent fires.These Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft are designed to lift passengers andfreight by the use of ring-vortex air columns. The helicopter in the foreground has astationary center around which the rotors are propelled by engines at their tips. VTOLaircraft will be propelled by a variety of techniques, from ducted fans to vectored jets. Theywill be designed to combine the most desirable attributes of fixed winged aircraft,helicopters, and flying platforms. Transcontinental travel will be achieved throughadvanced aircraft and high-speed mag-lev trains, all integrated in a worldwidetransportation system.AutomobilesStreamlined cars will provide high-speed, energy efficient, and safe long-rangetransportation. Some vehicles will have wheels, while others will eventually be equippedwith magnetic levitation or air- flotation capabilities. Most vehicles will be equipped withvoice-recognition technology that will allow the passengers to program their destination byvoice command. Self-monitoring systems will tell the vehicles when service is required,and they will be able to transport themselves to service and maintenance facilities. Use ofclean, non-polluting electrical energy allows for silent vehicle operation, whileproximity-sensor devices linked to automated velocity and breaking systems enhancesafety by enabling the vehicles to avoid collisions. As a secondary safety measure, theentire interior will be equipped with ergonomically designed air bag systems. Within thecities, horizontal, vertical, radial, and circular conveyors will serve most transportationneeds.Seacraft
  12. 12. This modular freighter leaving a city in the sea consists of floating, detachable sectionsthat can be rapidly loaded or unloaded. The number of sections can be varied dependingon the amount of freight to be delivered. When all of the modules are connected, they canbe propelled as a single unit. Then, when the freight arrives at its destination, the selectedmodules can be disconnected and towed to docks.Seacraft will be available for recreation exploration and other submersible activities. Theirhydrodynamic designs will permit high speed, safe and energy efficient travel. They willprovide maximum comfort for the passengers. Their internal construction will includeflotation chambers, which will render them practically unsinkable. They can be self-maintained and fully automated.AirportThe central dome of this airport of the future would contain air terminals, maintenancefacilities, service centers, and hotels. The runways are arranged in a radial configuration,which allows airplanes to easily take off into the prevailing winds and to avoid dangerouscrosswind landings. Emergency stations are located at the edge of the runways, which arefully equipped with built-in fire fighting equipment and emergency arresting gear. All of therunways will be equipped with built in sprinkler systems in case of emergency.Passengers will be transported to and from the airport by underground conveyors. Manyof the terminals themselves will eventually be constructed underground.EnergyGeothermal Energy
  13. 13. As refinements in conversion technologies increase its feasibility, geothermal energy willcome to take on a more prominent role. Readily available in various geographical regionsthroughout the world, both on land and under the sea, this energy source alone couldprovide enough clean energy for the next thousand years.Underwater TurbinesThese underwater structures are designed to convert a portion of the flow of the GulfStream through turbines to generate clean electric power. These slow rotating turbineswould have a centrifugal separator and deflectors to prevent harm to marine life.Bering Strait DamA land bridge or tunnel might be constructed across the Bering Strait. The primaryfunction of this span would be to generate electrical power and house facilities forcollecting and processing marine products. Beneath and above the ocean surface wouldbe tunnels for the transport of both passengers and freight. Not only could this structureprovide a physical link between Asia and North America, it could also serve as an avenuefor social and cultural exchange. This land bridge would perhaps serve as a base for thedevelopment of clean fusion power. Pipelines to conduct fresh water from meltingicebergs to other parts of the world may also be incorporated.ConstructionAutomated Construction Systems
  14. 14. The machine in the foreground is a multi-function unit. Here, it is used to lift and insertprefabricated housing components into a support structure. Although these "prefab" unitswill be composed of standard components, they will be of a modular design of such a wideand diverse array as to allow maximum individual expression in interior design and décor.Automated CranesThe construction of these industrial and research complexes in the Circular City can becarried out by robotic equipment that will receive instructions via satellite. Automatedcranes travel along the buildings length installing floors, windows, curtain walls, roofing,and other components from the ground up. These devices will contain sensors tominimize industrial accidents or collisions with other devices or living beings.Laser ExcavatorThis scene depicts a laser excavator of the future. Such devices, which could be directedvia satellite, would be capable of fusing the earth beneath it into a molten magma-likematerial. This machine would be able to change its shape to conform to a wide range ofcontours such as canals, roads, and waterways.
  15. 15. Industrial RobotsThese "multi access industrial robots" will utilize vast information resources, which willenable them to received commands via satellite up-link or on-site. They can also bedesigned to take appropriate actions in the absence of human directives by combining anarray of sensors and receivers with sophisticated decision making abilities. They will becapable of handling a wide range of industrial production tasks, and will be able toupgrade their level of service and replace defective or worn parts. These mega robots willcommunicate with one another to coordinate delivery of the required materials for eachproject.Cities That ThinkIt would be far easier and would require less energy to build new, efficient cities than toattempt to update and solve the problems of the old ones. The Venus Project proposes acity that would use the most sophisticated available resources and constructiontechniques. Its geometrically elegant and efficient circular arrangement will be surroundedby, and incorporated into the city design, parks and lovely gardens. The city will bedesigned to operate with the minimum expenditure of energy using the cleanesttechnology available, which will be in harmony with nature to obtain the highest possiblestandard of living for everyone. The Venus Projects Circular City arrangement iscomprised of the following:1. The central dome or theme center will house the core of the cybernated system,
  16. 16. educational facilities, access center, computerized communications networking systems,health and child care facilities.2. The buildings surrounding the central dome provide the community with centers forcultural activities such as the arts, theater, exhibitions, concerts, and various forms ofentertainment.3. The residential units, apartments and the design centers are beautifully landscaped innatural surroundings, adjacent to dining and other amenities.4. Areas are set aside for renewable clean sources of energy such as wind generators,solar, heat concentrating systems, geothermal, photovoltaic and others.5. The agricultural belt, with many transparent enclosed buildings, will be used to grow awide variety of organic plants without the use of pesticides.6. A circular waterway for irrigation and filtration surrounds the agricultural belt.7. The outermost perimeter is utilized for recreational activities such as biking, golfing,hiking and riding, etc.All the facilities are available to everyone without cost in a resource based economy. Thesole purpose of this sophisticated technology is to free people from boring monotonoustasks, make available a much higher standard of living, and provide more leisure time.With an opportunity for constant growth and achievement people could have the time andfreedom to choose the lifestyle they find most fulfilling. The city is designed to serve theneeds of every member of society.Cybernated Government
  17. 17. We are fast approaching a time when human intelligence will be incapable of interactingwith the rapidly occurring events in the physical world. The associative system of thehuman mind is far too simple to handle and put to practical use the voluminousinformation needed to operate a highly technical and advanced world society. Theprocessing required would have to handle trillions of bits of information per second, far toocomplex for human systems to handle, particularly with the infusion of nanotechnology.The Venus Project calls for a cybernated society in which computers could replace theoutmoded system of electing politicians that in most cases represent the entrenchedvested interests. This new technology will not dictate or monitor individuals lives, as inThe Venus Project this would be consider socially offensive and counterproductive. Bookssuch as 1984 and Brave New World, and motion pictures such as Blade-Runner andTerminator 2 have spawned fear in some people regarding the takeover of technology inour society. The Venus Projects only purpose is to elevate the spiritual and intellectualpotential of all people, while at the same time providing the goods and services that willmeet their individual and material needs.Cybernation is the linking of computers with automated systems. Eventually the centralcybernated systems will coordinate all of the machinery and equipment that serve theentire city, the nation and ultimately the world. One can think of this as an electronicautonomic nervous system extending into all areas of the social complex.For example, in the agricultural belt the computers could automatically monitor andmaintain the water table, soil chemistry, and coordinate the planting and harvesting ofcrops. In the residential sector, the system could maintain environmental cleanliness andthe recycling of waste materials.In addition, to ensure the efficient operation of the citys various functions, all of theprocesses and services could be equipped with electronic environmental feedbacksensors. These sensors could be coordinated with redundant, back-up systems that couldoperate in the event of failure or breakdown of the citys primary systems.Eventually, only when cybernation is integrated into all aspects of this new and dynamicculture can computers appropriately serve the needs of all people. No technologicalcivilization can ever operate efficiently and effectively without the integration ofcybernetics as an integral part of this new world civilization.This cybernated complex will utilize advanced imaging technology to project a 3-D
  18. 18. "virtual" image of the earth in real time. It will utilize satellite communication systems toprovide information on the earths weather conditions, oceanic currents, resourceinventories, population, atmospheric conditions and more. All of this information will beavailable on demand to everyone.These proposals, from an engineering standpoint, seem fantastic and unfeasible withinthe present monetary system; and they are. The sums involved in ventures of thismagnitude would be too huge and inconceivable. No government today can possibleafford this prodigious undertaking. All of this could only be accomplished in aresource-based world economy where all of the worlds resources are held as thecommon heritage of all of the earths peoples.University of Global Resource ManagementThis University of Global Resource Management and Environmental Studies, or"world-university," is a testing ground for each phase of development. This would be adynamic, continually evolving research institute open to all of society. Studentperformance would be based on "competence accreditation," and research findings wouldbe periodically applied directly to the social structure to benefit all members of the worldsociety.People will live in these experimental cities and provide feedback on the livability andserviceability of the various structures. This information would be used to formulatemodifications to structures so that maximum efficiency, comfort, and safety is assured.This facility is also used to develop modular construction systems and components thatcan be installed to serve a wide range of needs and preferences. In most instances, theexternal appearance of the buildings will reflect the function of the building - they aredesigned "from the inside out."
  19. 19. SkyscraperThese skyscrapers would be constructed of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, steeland glass. They will be stabilized against earthquakes and high winds by three massive,elongated, tapered columns. These support structures will surround the cylindrical centraltower, which is 150 feet wide and almost a mile high. This tripod-like structure isreinforced to diminish compression, tension, and torsion stresses. These super-sizeskyscrapers will assure that more land will be available for parks and wildernesspreserves, while concurrently helping to eliminate urban sprawl. Each one of these towerswill be a total enclosure system containing a shopping center, as well as childcare,educational, health, and recreational facilities. This will help alleviate the need to travel tooutside facilities.If we do not maintain a balance between the population and the earths carrying capacitywe may have to move our cities not only skyward and seaward, but subterranean as well.Subterranean CitiesIn-hospitable regions of the planet, such as polar and desert regions, cities below thesurface of the earth would become an entirely comfortable home for many. Numerouselevators allow residents to enjoy skiing and other recreational activities on the surface.The primary source of power for these cities, where feasible, would be geo-thermalenergy.
  20. 20. Intelligent HousingThe Venus Project recommends that the present state and aims of architecture beredefined to fit the evolving needs of individuals in this new, emergent culture.The architecture and individual dwellings of future cities will evolve on an entirely differentbasis from todays houses. With the intelligent application of humane technologies, we willbe able to provide and allow for a wide array of unique individual homes. Their structuralelements will be flexible and coherently arranged to best serve individual preference.These pre-fabricated, modular homes, embodying a high degree of flexibilityinconceivable in times past, could be built anyplace one might imagine, amidst forests,atop mountains, or on remote islands.All of these dwellings can be designed as self-contained residences with their own thermalgenerators and heat concentrators. Photovoltaic arrays would be built into the skin of thebuilding and into the widows themselves. This enables the windows to shade the interiors.All these features could be selected by the occupant to supply more than enough of theenergy required to operate the entire household.Homes could be prefabricated of a new type of pre-stressed, reinforced concrete with aflexible ceramic external coating that would be relatively maintenance free, fireproof, andimpervious to the weather. Their thin shell construction can be mass-produced in theshortest time possible. With this type of construction, there would be minimal damagefrom earthquakes and hurricanes.Cities In The Sea
  21. 21. A global system of these structures can easily accommodate many millions of people andrelieve the land based population pressures. They can provide the inhabitants withinformation and serve as natural sea aquariums without artificially enclosing marine life.Many of these cities may serve as oceanographic universities that maintain the ecologicalbalance of marine systems. Other ocean cities will maintain sea farms that will cultivatemany forms of marine life. They could also be used as a new resource for mining therelatively untapped resources of the oceans without disturbing its ecology. Still others maymonitor and maintain environmental equilibrium and reclaim dangerous radioactive andother pollutant materials that have been dumped into the sea.After construction, these structures can be towed to various locations where they wouldbe most beneficial, then anchored to the ocean floor. Some structures will be towed inprefabricated segments and then joined together at selected locations. Their internalconstruction will include floatation chambers which will render them practically unsinkable.They can be self maintained and fully automated.Off Shore LivingOffshore apartment buildings of concrete, steel, glass, titanium, and a wide variety of newsynthetic materials could be built to relieve the population pressure in areas like HongKong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York. The materials used in such projects would beengineered to withstand the corrosive effects of the harsh ocean environment.Mariculture And Fish Farming
  22. 22. This is a conceptual view of a mariculture and sea-farming system, which can be varied inconfiguration. Such systems would be used to cultivate and raise fish and other forms ofmarine life to help meet the nutritional needs of the worlds people. Capable of cultivatinga great variety of marine life, these structures would be equipped to permit the free flow ofwater throughout the system. They are designed to be a non-contaminating, integral partof the marine environment.Automated Water SystemsEventually, with applied total design concepts and "mega- hydrological" projects, we couldminimize the threat of floods and drought. These waterways would be an integrated partof a national flood control system that would hold back floodwaters, which could bereleased during periods of drought, and be used to maintain the water table. It could alsobe used for irrigation, shipping passengers and bulk freight; and the water storage basinscould be used for recreation as well. In many instances, the waterway would be used asevaporative desalinization.The Best That Money Cant BuyBookThe Best That Money Cant Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & Warby: Jacque FrescoAmazon Price: (as of 11/29/2010)List Price: $24.95Jacque Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with humanand environmental concern to secure, protect, and encourage a more humane world for all people. This
  23. 23. book offers a possible way out of our recurring cycles of boom and recession, famine, poverty, adeclining environment, and territorial conflicts where peace is merely the interval between wars. Itoutlines an attainable, humane social design of the near future where human rights are no longer paperproclamations but a way of life. The Best That Money Cant Buy is a challenge to all people to worktoward a society in which all of the worlds resources become the common heritage of all of the earthspeople. It is accompanied by 70 color photos of Frescos original designs, which illuminate the fulfillinglifestyle of a global, resource-based economy.Avg. Customer Rating:Future By DesignDVDFuture by DesignAmazon Price: $22.49 (as of 11/29/2010)List Price: $24.95Jacque Fresco is a living legend - perhaps the most outstanding thinker of our times. Director WilliamGazecki has indeed paid great homage to Jacque by highlighting his life, his philosophy, and his stunningtechnical achievements. In doing so, he has also created a priceless historical legacy for peopleeverywhere and for generations yet to come.Avg. Customer Rating:The Venus Project by Kiwibirdman1701 | video info1,086 ratings | 227,949 viewscurated content from YouTubeThe Venus Project by FutureByDesign | video info254 ratings | 25,531 viewscurated content from YouTubeZeitgeist Addendum
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