A $400 Billion City in the U.S. Desert

The latest futuristic city concept attracting attention on the internet is known as Telosa.

1 minute read

January 10, 2023, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The video above, by Tomorrow’s Build, introduces Telosa, a futuristic master planned effort designed for “somewhere in the U.S. desert” at an estimated cost of $400 billion. As noted in the video, Telosa would be built on an economic system known as equitism, defined on the Telosa website as “An economic system in which citizens have a stake in the city’s land — as the city does better, the residents do better.”

Billionaire Marc Lore is the driving force behind the idea, with Bjarke Ingels Group doing the design work. As discussed in the video above, Telosa backers hope to have 50,000 people living in the city by 2030, with eventual plans to grow to a population of 5 million people. Plans for Telosa were first revealed in 2021.

Telosa joins the ranks of other futuristic city-building efforts underway around the world, including The Line in Saudi Arabia, the Floating City in South Korea, and Akon City in Senagal.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Tomorrow’s Build via YouTube

Large blank mall building with only two cars in large parking lot.

Pennsylvania Mall Conversion Bill Passes House

If passed, the bill would promote the adaptive reuse of defunct commercial buildings.

April 18, 2024 - Central Penn Business Journal

Aerial view of Oakland, California with bay in background

California Exodus: Population Drops Below 39 Million

Never mind the 40 million that demographers predicted the Golden State would reach by 2018. The state's population dipped below 39 million to 38.965 million last July, according to Census data released in March, the lowest since 2015.

April 11, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

A view straight down LaSalle Street, lined by high-rise buildings with an El line running horizontally over the street.

Chicago to Turn High-Rise Offices into Housing

Four commercial buildings in the Chicago Loop have been approved for redevelopment into housing in a bid to revitalize the city’s downtown post-pandemic.

April 10, 2024 - Chicago Construction News

Purple jacaranda trees in bloom in Los Angeles with tall white Art Deco buildings in background.

LA County Releases Draft Community Forest Management Plan

LA County's Chief Sustainability Office just released the discussion draft of Room to Grow, the first Community Forest Management Plan for the county.

April 21 - Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office

Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Washington at dusk.

Seattle Downtown Plan Expands Permitted Uses

The Downtown Activation Plan shifts from Euclidean to form-based zoning to encourage more commercial development.

April 21 - Governing

Large water pipe with brown water pouring out into dirt ditch.

Southern Water Infrastructure at Risk From Climate Impacts

A water main breaks somewhere in the United States every two minutes, according to an estimate from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

April 21 - The Conversation

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.