Mark Lutter is writing his dissertation on proprietary cities at George Mason University.
Should Sidewalk Labs build a free city, a smart city, or both?
There are 20 million international refugees, and Western nations will accept less than 1% of them — can a new city-state solve the crisis?
The age of massive empires, militant nationalism, and universalist ideologies is over.
Google building and running cities is not the craziest idea — especially in the developing world.
Proprietary cities give decision-makers a monetary incentive to think long-term. They deserve more attention and research.
Humanity’s future lies in urbanization, but we’ll need a lot of experimentation to get it right. Private cities offer our best hope.
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