On Saturday, January 23, 2016, a group of the world's most prominent urban planners convened to take part in a charrette to explore possibilities for the design of a planned city to act as the capital of an emergent nation state.
In the near future, this urban center must be able to accommodate one million inhabitants and the planners were asked to consider this requirement in relation to living and working spaces, public amenities and green space, as well as infrastructural, resource, and transportation needs. Beyond that, the participants were free to explore any typology and organizational strategy that they deemed appropriate and economically feasible.
Because the site for this future city has not yet been selected, attendees were asked to choose from three abstract site conditions before embarking on a plan. Uninhabited or minimally inhabited sites were selected from Google Earth imagery and presented to the planners as non-literal conditions from which to explore strategies.
At the conclusion of the charrette, participants presented their plans for peer review. Below are a selection of the proposals.