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Planet City imagines 10 billion people on just 0.02% of the Earth

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11.10.2021

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet. Addressing that challenge may require completely reimagining how we live on it.

A radical new proposal envisions a climate solution in the form of a city designed to accommodate the Earth’s entire population. This so-called Planet City would have 10 billion people living in 1.4 million neighborhoods climbing 165 stories high in an area covering just 0.02% of the Earth’s surface. The rest of the planet would be set aside as a vast, people-free wilderness.

[Image: courtesy Liam Young/National Gallery of Victoria/NGV Triennial ]Like the best science fiction, this 10-billion-person city isn’t so much a plan for the future as a critique of the present. In envisioning how such an audacious city could work, it suggests ways the cities we have now can be much more sustainable.

[Image: courtesy Liam Young/National Gallery of Victoria/NGV Triennial ]Planet City is the brainchild of Liam Young, an architect and production designer who creates environments for film and TV. He is also head of the fiction and entertainment graduate program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Through a film that explores the buildings, infrastructures, and cultures of this imagined city, Young has created a vision of how cities can evolve to address the........

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