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A project for a sustainable city

A rendering of the central square of the future Bleutech Park. Image credit: Bleutech Park Properties, Inc

Just few days ago I had a conf call with Janet Garcia, Founder and CEO of Bleutech Park. (I inserted in “italics” sentences taken verbatim from Janet). This is a moonshot project aiming at developing a self-sustainable city by leveraging the most advanced technology that is at the same time providing the ultimate ecosystem for future-proofing infrastructure: resilience and stability, no matter what the future brings, for future cities. I already addressed, in detail, Bleutech Park two years ago, so for technical details you can take a look at that post.

Let me say from the start that the project has been “incubated” for a few years now and since July 2019 when it was first announced, the project has grown more nimble and responsive to the needs fo the “Future”  (of infrastructure) as the world faces a shift in paradigm into the “New Normal”. The pandemic has clearly slowed things down although Janet told me that they have been using the forced stop to revisit the master pan to ensure lessons learned from Covid-19 are incorporated aiming at the whole project and rethink part of it. The vision has not changed but the use of technology is taking into account its evolutions.

Groundbreaking is expected to initiate  later this year. Just two weeks ago a joint press release announced the partnership with Siemens Advanta and this is clearly reinforcing the project, given the experience  of Siemens in advanced -implementable- technologies.

The construction will take place in Las Vegas, a very good choice both for having the extravagant look normal and -more important- for the favourable climate conditions (lots of sunshine to power the city with photovoltaic panels & renewable energy) and is considering a budget of over 7 billion $. That money should deliver 2,500 ultra-luxury residential units two hotels (with no casino inside and that would be a first for Las Vegas). Additionally it will provide housing for some 1,500 workforce that will take care of the “mini” city, tech-smart offices, retail spaces and a full-entertainment tower with the largest Casino in Vegas. The Tower is expected to redefine the skyline of Las Vegas. The workforce will take care of the city operation along with the aid of some hundred robots. Additionally, autonomous shuttles and eBikes will cope for people and goods movement. Ample parking space will be provided underground.

What puzzle me is the “cost” of the project (I guess each luxury home should be priced well over 1 million $, with most over the 3 million $) and even more the cost of operation. On the other hand all first tech deployment have been expensive but -those that turned out to be successful- have opened up the way to much more affordable deployment. Indeed Bleutech Park intends to be just the first and two more are already being considered.

As with any moonshot skeptics abound and so far they seem to have some reasons, since nothing has yet progressed beyond the “vision” and design stage. However, Bleutech Park is now seeking permits to breakground by April 2021.    We’ll see by the end of this year how the project evolves. The overall project is expected to take 8+ years but the first usable chunks should be come available in two years.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.