A winning design for a new sovereign city-state is completely car-free and carbon-neutral

This micro-state could be the world’s first that runs on genetically-modified algae. Liberland, a sovereign nation established only April of last year, held a competition for design ideas that would allow its measly 7 square kilometers (or 2.7 square miles) to be turned into a megacity.

The winning design was by Raya Ani, a firm based in New York. The vein of the megacity would be an urban transport system that sprouts communities skyward.

Modularity will allow structures to continue growth upwards. These units, partially made from wood harvested in the area, will allow each structure to have numerous functions. This is important to Liberland’s ideals where citizens handle public services voluntarily, where different services need to co-exist in a block.

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