In an effort to provide a comprehensive guide to the NewVistas model, the NewVistas Foundation is producing a book, which it expects to complete in early 2017. The book will be updated at least twice annually to ensure that the most current thoughts on the concept are available to the public.
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With worldwide population continually increasing, the 1833 community plot and building plan provide a sustainable, scalable pattern for managing growth.
With interconnected, transforming buildings on a beautiful, productive, fully walkable garden campus, NewVistas allows participants and their dependents to enjoy a lifestyle of sustainable health, prosperity, and social connectedness by living in the world’s largest mansions.
The first NewVistas community is already underway as an economic platform that provides numerous advantages for small businesses and their employees and contractors. Many participants have invested some of their individual net worth into this growing community, which is yielding premium returns. Over time, this economic community can expand to a maximum of 20,000 participants, and additional economic communities can spin off. If properly developed, these economic communities can enable construction of partial and full physical NewVistas campuses.
A NewVistas community achieves its objectives through the efforts of leaders who have incentives to act in the best interests of community participants, and exercise good stewardship over community resources. Leadership structure is an important key to achieving sustainable prosperity.
Through innovative neighborhood design, sustainable building practices, and a creative, transforming approach to the use of living and commercial spaces, NewVistas communities are planned to support a healthy, prosperous, enjoyable, and spaceefficient standard of living that reduces waste, conserves limited resources, and maximizes the advantages of walkability.
The center blocks of a NewVistas community are reserved for public functions and form the hub of community activity. The architectural focal point consists of 24 centrally-located multipurpose buildings for assembly, education, and recreation.
New Vistas incorporates agriculture spaces and processes in rooftops and landscaping throughout the community, in addition to high-yield open-field agriculture surrounding the community. Urban agriculture becomes a living part of the city, and productive food plants take the place of lawns and bare concrete. New Vistas aims to create a beautiful and living city, sustainable from the ground up. New Vista communities allow residents to be immersed in food production, and avoid many of the human and ecological pitfalls of the modern food system.
The successful operation of a NewVistas community depends largely on the education, and physical and mental health of its members. Optimizing the well-being of the youth, elderly, and disabled, holds tremendous value to the community. The economic systems available within each community are designed to make quality services and goods of all kinds more available and affordable. Education, Healthcare, and related services, are given an even higher priority, and are integrated into the community plan. The economic value of a parent contributing in their child’s school, or caring for an ailing in-law, is captured and properly accounted for. Effective systems are put in place to fairly assess when someone is a dependent in need—regardless of what their mental or physical condition may be. The community is enabled to care for those in need, and those in need are enabled to give back to their community to the greatest extent possible.
Energy must be at the core of any model for a sustainable society. A society cannot do work without energy. The current preferred energy sources for both developing and developed economies are fossil fuels, which are finite and environmentally problematic. We must find ways to conserve energy as well as develop environmentally harmonious sources. The use of renewable energy sources to meet all energy needs is not currently feasible – solar and wind are not globally viable sources for electricity production. Traditional renewables all involve high up-front costs and hidden ecological impacts, and with very few exceptions renewables can’t compete economically without government mandates and subsidies. Approaches to water and waste are also discussed in this chapter. As with all other aspects of NewVistas, production and disposal are handled locally as much as possible, and with the driving ideal of a complete system that can operate sustainably in any habitable place on Earth.
The use of land owned outside the bounds of the 1.2 square mile community is not clearly discussed in the 1833 documents. The documents do suggest that when one community is complete, another should be built nearby. This makes sense for scalability purposes. But each community will inevitable need additional space for industry and conserved land to allow for the enjoyment of nature. The NewVistas model allows for interconnected communities that can ultimately form medium sized or large cities, while leaving room around each community, and the larger city, to meet other essential needs.
NewVistas feasibility relies on its implementation in incremental steps along many paths. These paths integrate in meaningful ways as NewVistas development has progressed from conceptual development, and proof-of-concept design and experimentation to realworld application and testing. It will take years for this phase to bring our paths to a maturity that allows them to converge as a complete NewVista. Careful development and experimental implementation must happen within the context of the world as we know it. The concepts and technologies described in this book must be independently viable and demonstrate their usefulness within the current conditions in which we live. We began with a few basic guiding imperatives for the development of NewVistas components; sustainability, scalability, a prosperous quality of life, availability to all, and a greatly reduced human footprint. These are imperatives because without adherence to their demands, the well-being of humanity is in danger. As NewVistas components and elements are elaborated and advanced, they will face the ultimate test of implementation in our present world. With continuous development, research, and re-implementation, NewVistas elements will eventually reach the required maturity for full integration into complete communities, and eventually megalopolises.