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Huge new £320bn mega city could house five million in the middle of the desert


A futuristic city could become home to millions of people in the middle of the United States desert.

Entrepreneur Marc Lore has unveiled plans for a new city that would include 15-minute commutes, and farms built on skyscrapers.

He hopes the city would rival other “floating” cities such as Oceanix Busan in South Korea or elongated cities like The Line in Saudi Arabia.

Known as Telosa City, it would cost around £320 billion ($400bn) to build.

The name comes from the Greek word used by Aristotle and means “highest goal”.

It also acknowledge’s Lore’s desire to make Telosa the “most open, fair and inclusive city in the world”.

The billionaire has said he wants Telosa to be as eco-friendly as a Scandanavian city but with the freeness of somewhere in the USA.

It would be built in the middle of the desert between Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

It would boast a water treatment plant under strict instructions not to use the source too much and would mostly run on renewable energy.

Lore also dreams of making Telosa a 15-minute city, meaning everything residents could want in their lives are available within a short distance.

Cars using fossil fuels would be banned, instead replaced by public transport, bicycles and autonomous vehicles.

Telosa claims it would have an “equity” skyscraper as its landmark. This would offer aeroponic farms, photovoltaic panels and water storage.

Lore believes 50,000 people could be living in the 120,000-hectare city by 2030. That figure would reach five million by 2050.

The developer hopes the popular would be “diverse”, similar to what he says the biodiversity of the city would be.

Its website says the developers want Telosa to be “open”, “fair”, and “inclusive”. Equality is also set to be a key notion in the city.

Lore wants residents to “directly influence” political decisions, with private owners outlawed and money pumped into social services.

Critics however say the city is a “vanity project”, reports The Sun. They say existing cities could be improved with such a large budget.

They also say recent studies found other futuristic cities are failing, with few people actually wanting to live in a planned, man-made city.

However, a 130,000-person settlement has just been announced in Saudi Arabia. The ROSHN group hopes Marafy would be a “gamechanger” in the industry and could open by 2030.

Elsewhere Neom, a futurist megacity, also in Saudi Arabia, has announced its latest development.

Directors of the £799 billion project say they are planning to build a hotel complex in the carved walls of a giant canyon.

It is part of the country’s attempt to end its dependency on oil wealth.

The city – which will reportedly feature an artificial moon, flying taxis, and robot security – is set to occupy a 170km stretch of desert known as “The Line”, meaning it will only be 200m wide.

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