Jeffrey Berns, a cryptocurrency millionaire, is planning to build a utopian community in the Nevada desert run completely on blockchain. It will be a high-tech city in the Nevada desert designed to support research and development of the same technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Entire city will be designed to combine blockchain innovations with other emerging technologies with an aim to improve the day-to-day lives of its residents. Instead of government and big corporations in control, the blockchain-based city would put power in the hands of the people and use cryptocurrency as the coin of the realm.
Blockchains, LLC has acquired more than 67,000 acres of land in Northern Nevada for the purpose of building a new kind of business and residential community. This land, which is called Innovation Park, will be developed into a smart city with decentralized blockchain underlying all infrastructure. Among other projects, the city will include a highly secured, high-tech Blockchains Campus that joins blockchain technology with artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and nanotechnology; residential units that will provide a new living environment to thousands; and various financial, business and retail concepts that will take advantage of emerging technologies.
Blockchains, LLC has engaged Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects + Tom Wiscombe Architecture to assist in the planning and the development of the new city.
To support innovation and collaboration on this scale, new building typologies have been developed to support communication and creativity, such as massive workplace/manufacturing hybrids, where inventions are prototyped and where they are conceived. Large interior civic-scale spaces and shaded green courtyards serve as community areas for meeting, learning, and possibly the next disruptive idea. Autonomous vehicles, rather than simply moving between buildings, can also provide circulation inside and through vast buildings.
Vehicles that will be run in this city will be autonomous and 100% electric and the living environment and pedestrian experience will be made human-centric (safe, quiet, clean) rather than car-centric. The city will allow individuals, couples and families to thrive, providing a range of housing opportunities from single family on the hillside, to communal living with shared amenities in larger multi-family / mixed use buildings below. Civic centers, schools, and commercial areas will be woven throughout, creating density, walkability and above all, community.
With the concept of regenerative design at its core, the city will be grounded within its high desert home. Energy will be provided by renewable sources such as next generation solar and wind. Water, the most precious resource, will be recycled and reclaimed to get the most from every drop. The buildings will seek to integrate within this landscape, connecting inhabitants to the environment and to the desert sublime.