Fordhamopolis
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a vision for an urban landscape in harmony with the natural world

undertaken by ten undergraduate students, this work represents a solution to pressing issues facing humanity: increasing urbanization, growing populations, climate change, food shortages, and the role of artificial intelligence. pursuing diverse fields of study such as environmental sciences, visual arts, urban studies, political economy, and international politics, these students were able to apply their expertise for a wholesome vision of the city. Fordhamopolis is the culmination of this effort.

 "we hope that fordhamopolis serves as an example of the limitless possibilities when like-minded and future leaders of the world collaborate for the common good of humanity and the planet"

fordhamopolis would not have been possible without the hard work and scholarship of Dr. Dickson Despommier. a teacher. a friend. an inspiration. 

 
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foundations of fordhamopolis

we the people of fordhamopolis, in order to achieve harmony with the natural world, establish equilibrium, ensure equality, provide for the common good, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of life to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish these principles for fordhamopolis

 

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the principle of human ecology

wherein we assert that human beings occupy an essential place in natural, social, and built environments. as members of the complex web and flow of energy in our world, we have a responsibility to be aware of the impact of our actions and to act consciously to retain the integrity and intricacy of mother nature and her environment

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the principle of self-sustenance

wherein we assert the importance of sustainability in urban spaces and the need for cities of the future to accommodate to the needs of current populations and safeguard the environment for future generations. in this regard, standards and regulations will be instituted to ensure that human actions do not harm or introduce waste into the natural environment

II

the principle of biomimicry

wherein we assert that the designs and innovations inherent in nature offer the most promising solutions for humans and the critical dilemmas they face. in this regard the imitation of natural laws and networks of of sustainability and equilibrium provide guiding principle for all forms of human organization and development

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the principle of artificial intelligence

wherein we assert the necessity for the incorporation of advanced technological systems and artificial intelligence (ai) to monitor and act as a safeguard for the community. regulated and human controlled (ai) will function to provide data analysis and action to individual citizens, corporations, and public institutions for the purposes of sustainability

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the principle of community

wherein we assert the rights and responsibilities of the people united by bonds of community and establish equality for all citizens. as the basis of social organization in the urban milieu the community takes care of all its members, the young, the weak, the old, and functions to provide a source of political strength

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choosing cypr(us)

Fordhamopolis is to be located by Paralimni, a town on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus. We chose this location because its warm, sunny climate and coastal setting are both pleasant to live in and promising in terms of capturing energy. However, like many major cities around the world, Cyprus is relatively dry and suffers from water shortages that impacts its food supply, and public health. Droughts everywhere are expected to increase in frequency and scope due to climate change, and the shortage of freshwater will remain one of the largest threats to the sustained health of humans and the greater biotic community in years to come. Thus, situating Fordhamopolis by Paralimni was an exercise to help us formulate a solution to this global environmental threat that can be replicated in the world’s fastest developing regions, many of which are located around the southeastern border of the Mediterranean and are ecologically very similar to Paralimni. 

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artificial intelligence and the

COMMUN(I)TY

RESPONSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ALLOWS THE PEOPLE OF FORDHAMOPOLIS COMMUNITY TO RETAIN THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. THE AI INTERFACE ALLOWS FOR EFFICIENT PUBLIC TO LEADERSHIP INTERACTION. IT GIVES THE VO(I)CE BACK TO THE PEOPLE. AI plays an essential role in the monitoring and analysis of the human impact on their environment.

 
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