“The constructal law is the statement that for a flow system to persist in time it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to its currents.
This is the law of configuration generation, or the law of design.”

Adrian Bejan

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As published in Fifth Estate, a post-CoVid19, Green New Deal, Single-Platform, Multi-Modal, Renewables-led, Urban Light-Active-AV Transit & Farming, Biomimetic, City-optimising Desire Line for the Fourth Industrial Revolution — #MetaLoop — that addresses several wicked-problems, while paying for itself, and for many other societally-useful things.

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A Swiss Army, Smart Phone multi-modal Urban Transit App to Decarbonise & Decongest our Cities ASAP

As shared with & by Mckinsey Mobility’s lead Mobility Consultant and Australia’s leading Renewable energy power purchasing agreement project manager, Jonathan Prendergast as an urban transit solution that best addresses several wicked problems at once.

Design Consultant partners: Asynsis Architecture + Design, Caldis Cook Group, Morrison Design Partnership, Erbas, ihD, TILT

Research partners: University of New South Wales Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment faculties.

Leading global Mobility Manufacturer, Blockchain energy trading and Capital Investment partners involvement subject to active public-private-partnership negotiation.

A Carbon-abating, Physically-distancing, Mobility App-Store that slashes Urban Emissions in the crucial Energy, Transport, Building and Agricultural sectors.

A means to ignite a Productivity Revolution while also simultaneously de-Congesting and de-Carbonising our Civilisation by being the fastest possible point to point rapid personal transit system that mimics nature’s optimised, living flow systems.

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“If you fix Cities, you kind of fix the World” Tony Hsieh — CEO, Zappos

Klaus Schwab, Chair, World Economic Forum 2019

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Filling an Adjacent Possible Multi-Modal Darwinian Niche in Urban Transit — Renewables — Urban Farming by Elevating above and along Existing Transport Corridors
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A Uni-Modal MetaLoop analogue, SkyTran, via NASA
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The World’s First Metro from 1863 — London Underground — from Paddington to Farringdon
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Clean, Green, Safe, Cool & Fast — Using the Third Dimension and Elevating Up
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Safe, Dedicated Active Transit Routes
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Classic London Overground Rolling Stock — design and construction by Smethwick & Cravens Chief Draftsman — Asynsis Design Director Nigel Reading’s Paternal Grandfather, Leonard Charles Reading; along with our friends, Foster & Partners’ Canary Wharf
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London Transport: Vertical Transit Modes — MetaLoop doesn’t Excavate, it Elevates
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Baker Street Station London on the World’s First Metro Line. Invented in London when it was the Largest City in the World and Suffering from massive Immigration and crippling Congestion — the solution? Use the Third Dimension and Excavate Down.

An Optimal City-Transforming, DeCongesting & DeCarbonising Solution that Tackles Numerous Wicked Problems in Demonstrating the Asynsis-Constructal #Form follows Flow Design ToE paradigm via a practical Light-Active-AV-EV, Socially-Distanced Transit, Renewables-powered, Urban Farming Multi-Modal transportation network that also gets you from an Urban A-B faster than any other Means.

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How MetaLoop can connect Sydney’s new Tech Central District with Greater Sydney

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How can we De-Congest and De-Carbonise our Cities Most Rapidly, Affordably and Easily?
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Imagine no more Traffic Jams, Traffic Lights, Stop Signs, Bus and Train Queues with the Archigram Walking, Plug-in City Realised
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A CleanTech, 4th Industrial Revolution Multi-Modal, Single Platform 100% Renewables-powered, Light-Active Transit, Food, Water and Recycling Solution
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At Least 5 Modes, with 5 Revenue Streams for a Rapid ROI
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Transport & Mass Transit Expert Team Leadership — London Undergound East London Line and Overground GingerLine
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MetaLoop Sites in Hong Kong & Australia
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Solving Melbourne Road & Rail Congestion with Additional, Adjacent Possible, Optimally Distributed, Fractal, Biomimetic Transit Streams
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Inefficient Radial vrs Optimally Efficient Fractal Biomimetic Distribution Networks
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MetaLoop With Pods
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From Hong Kong Spin to MetaLoop — A Single Platform, Multi-Modal Demonstration Project for Clean & Green Tech
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Renewable Energy Generation Capability qualifies MetaLoop for Green Bond Financing and Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs)
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2030 Busines As Usual: More Congestion — Longer Travel Times, Not Less
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McKinsey Predicts a MetaLoop-enabled 50% Seamless Mobility Scenario by 2030, likely higher with our filling the Third Dimension “Adjacent Possible” Niche: directly above our Existing Road and Rail Routes
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Seamlessly Integrating Personal Rapid Transit Pods with Monorail, Walking, E-Bikes and Scooters-Skateboards, Bikes, Jogging and Walking
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10% of Trip: First & Last Miles: AV-EV PRTs on Suburban and Urban Roads in Bike-Bus lanes, 90% of Trip: AI-Monorail Rapid Transit
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MetaLoop with Pods
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Utilising the Missing Third Dimension above Existing Roads & Rail — Filling an Urban Transit Evolutionary Niche
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Light, Elegant, Filigree Tensegrity Structure with Integrated Solar PV, PRTs with Seamlessly Dual MonoRail and Street Modes
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The Higher your Transit Mode, the Faster you Travel over Longer Distances in the Same (ideally 30min) Trip Times, via Beautiful Light Cable-Stay Masts
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New Grid: 100% Renewables (Wind, Solar, Biomass, GeoThermal, Wave & Tide), with Integrated Pumped-Hydro & Battery Storage: Generation and Distribution
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Urban Farming & Parklets Between & In Buildings — plus, increasingly Large Rural Pesticide-free Biomes to allow Farm Land to Revert to Forest & Capture C02
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Optimal Multi-Modal, 4th Industrial Revolution, Green New Deal Distribution Network for the 21st Century Smart Ecolivable City
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Two Philosophies — 1. Economic — Doughnut Model: Staying within our Ecological & Social Limits 2. Physics of Complex Systems: Constructal Vascularisation
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MetaLoop 100% Renewables Grid Rapidly Accelerates the Decarbonisation of our Civilisation by Transforming our Cities to Non-Fossil Fuels more Quickly
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Recycling Materials Like Marine Plastics into MetaLoop PV Track Surfaces, via Public Private Partnerships — Allocating Surplus 5 Revenue Profits to Social Spending via Blockchain Apps (nominated as preferred by the Commuters), and by the MetaLoop Operator
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Beautiful Sailing Yacht Cable Stay and Net Structure, inspired by Nature, Hong Kong Spin, Frei Otto and the Scientia Building, UNSW, by FJMTstudio.com
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Masters Engineering Case Study, RMIT-tutor Mentored, Supervised at Deakin university; concludes MetaLoop (even with 1 revenue stream), is Viable. So with 5 revenue streams, it promises to be highly profitable, with a rapid ROI (also thanks to lower capital costs due to modular, pre-fabricated above ground construction, with minimal services and traffic disruption and expedited construction times), with scope for surplus social & ecological spending by applying the Doughnut model and increasing urban Constructal vascularisation. Future R&D pending with various academic and consultant partners
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McKinsey predict up to 50% of all transit by 2030 could be by a MetaLoop-enabled system — and it could be even more with our light bridges over existing roads-rail lines, which means no traffic jams, traffic lights, bus and train queues to endure; because ML pods pick commuters up and drop them off door to door with a safe, private AV-EV trip, so the vast majority of most commutes are sailing non-stop, over existing road and rail routes.

Existing Metro Rail and Tram routes are largely radial, with diminishing returns as they get further out from City centres.

The key advantage of the more distributed and connected MetaLoop routes is that it’s more natural & fractal, multi-scale flow geometry with the greatest surface area coverage for the least resources-energy, which best mitigates the radial diminishing-returns effect as you travel further out from the central locus of the radial routes.

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Optimal MetaLoop Constructal Energy-Resource Flows into Most Efficient Possible Fractal Network Forms
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MetaLoop Circulation Schematic — with Ramps, Kiosks, Parklets and Urban Farming

So MetaLoop confers the advantages of Private Vehicle privacy-personalisation, seamless point to point service, and full destinational choice (but without traffic jams and intersections that force stopping & delays); but also has the advantages of Public Transport in being most rapid, yet without the disadvantages of either, in that there are no stops nor stations, with virtually no queues.

Wuppertal Suspension Railway

An example of a public transit-only solution which is always in monorail mode (without the additional mode of AV pods ramping up & down from rail to ground, delivering at-grade A to B, seamless point to point transit — as MetaLoop does), is the revolutionary, congestion-busting Wuppertal hanging railway, built in 1902, which exists to this day.

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Xiamen — Existing Transport Infrastructure Co-Location

So it’s the best of both, (Private & Public transport ), worlds, while having the optimal fractal structure for a fully integrated City Transit people and goods distribution network with numerous Urban Place-making opportunities such as the work of BAU, including for cafes, kiosks, parks, playgrounds, performance spaces, urban farming and biomes.

MetaLoop greenery can be rain-water autarkic — especially when the vegetated area is smaller than the area available for water collection.

So MetaLoop networks boost urban biodiversity, allow storage of storm-water for drought-periods, afford noise absorption through the plants, provide air purification, confer mental health benefits for urbanites (ever more important!), and provide grey-water utilisation/purification services to adjoining buildings through the greenery planter root systems.

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Greenery — Extruded Linear Trees
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Curtin Placemaking

This is the killer app of MetaLoop, saving us City-dwellers that most precious commodity of all — our quality time, and at a highly-affordable cost with minimal roll-out times and existing services and traffic disruption due to its modular prefabricated, above-ground nature.

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Spiral Ramps with Landscaping

Think of MetaLoop as “the station comes to you”, as the fastest possible A-B trip time, and as the best of both worlds; combining private car convenience and privacy with mass transit speed and efficiency.

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At least 50% MetaLoop-enabled (AV-EV PRT Pods & Walk-Bikes-Scoots) Seamless Mobility by 2030, and even more (up to 90%) with MetaLoop Bridges over existing Road & Rail — because MetaPods then offer the most convenient, fastest-possible A-B Trip Times.

McKinsey, The Road To Seamless Mobility 2019

Reference Sources (MetaLoop: seamless mobility potential for 50% of Urban Transit by 2030) on McKinsey Seamless Mobility and World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution defined as the MetaLoop-exemplifying novel combination of existing and new technologies.

Here’s our supporter and advisor Mckinsey Mobility leader Eric Hannon describing the MetaLoop seamless, point to point, PPP, mobility-energy network scenario from about minute 9 onwards until the end of the video:

Eric Hannon, Head of McKinsey Mobilty, Frankfurt Germany

The key question then is, what would be more efficient for our cities — exclusively ceding this new transit & revenue stream created by AI, 5G & AVs only to the likes of Uber, Lyft & Tesla — or optimising city decongestion and decarbonising capability by building Public Private Partnership MetaLoop networks as exemplary Keynsian growth-catalysing projects where a state transit authority builds and runs the MetaLoop poles and bridges, while the likes of Tesla or Volkswagen build and operate the MetaPods?

Which will save more commuter time, generate more development value, increase economic productivity, while also supporting social cohesion and decarbonising our cities most quickly (following the Doughnut Economics model), thereby serving as ideal Green New Deal platforms that comprehensively address many of the key urban-design related UN Sustainable Development Goals, which best serve as performance metrics for our public-private stakeholders - as we (following the compelling science evidence and leadership), necessarily decarbonise our civilisation most swiftly and efficiently?

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Future Cities CRC — Deakin & UNSW supporting MetaLoop
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Asynsis partners Design Thinkers Group — Providing Solution Consulting to our Public-Private MetaLoop Stakeholders
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Breaking Point, by Peter Seamer — ex-Arup and CEO of Planning Victoria

MetaLoop follows Constructal rules for optimal growth (from the Physics Of Life by Adrian Bejan):

Growth “The snowflake has one kind of architecture… which is predictable provided that we recognize two principles: what flows (heat flows), and the natural tendency of all flows to configure and reconfigure themselves into architectures that provide easier access”.

The TED-Conferences-shared, Peer-reviewed, Published Constructal Physics-based Design Theory of Everything and Asynsis Design Practice (with Hong Kong Spin Example and HK EcoLivable City FB page); the Talk behind the MetaLoop Walk”:

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Architect+Designer, Complexity geometer, Sustainability advocate, TEDx speaker, Asynsis principle: More for Less, Form follows Flow

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