A City Greening, Multi-Modal Urban Distribution Network for the 21st Century

“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, we share a post-CoVid19, Green New Deal, Single-Platform, Multi-Modal, Renewables-powered, Urban Light-Active-AV Transit & Farming, Biomimetic, City-optimising Network concept; a Desire Line for the Fourth Industrial Revolution — #MetaLoop — that addresses several wicked-problems, while paying for itself, and for many other societally-useful things in mitigating the UN-declared Climate Emergency.

A Swiss Army, Smart Phone multi-modal Urban Transit App to Decarbonise & Decongest our Cities ASAP
Lake Cakora, NSW — A Distributed Flow System with ideal Asynsis geometry-Form, sculpted by optimal Constructal temporal-Flows, a key ecomimetic inspiration behind the MetaLoop network design

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, Business Renewables Centre’s Monica Richter and the DesignThinkersGroup’s Mark Watson.

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

With Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University, discoverer of the Constructal law of design in nature and culture, Franklin Institute Laureate 2018, we further propose MetaLoop to the new Biden-Harris administration, since it makes perfect sense in terms of a long-term, sustained infrastructure roll-out, to continue and perpetuate the building retrofits, wind and solar required for America attaining Net Zero Carbon by 2050, as proposed in the Princeton NetZero America plan, as shared further into this post.

It’s also crucial in our view, to provide dignified well-paying jobs to the American working class — we’ve just seen the consequences of worsening inequality when a criminal sociopath, demagogue attempts to cynically leverage these divisions in US society to usurp the Constitution with attempted dictatorial powers.

So yes, hierarchy is natural and Constructal, but it must also be a mediated hierarchy to preserve social cohesion, (as we attempt to do in Australia, Canada, the EU-UK and Scandinavia — with a government-mediated market, to better effect than hitherto, in the US; which is still a neo-liberal, hyper-capitalist economy with minimal economic protections).

Due to automation and globalisation-outsourcing, without adequate safety-nets and proactive redistributive policies, the US has inadvertently created all the pre-conditions for a fascist coup in the very nation that spent so much blood and treasure defeating global fascism in WWII; a coup which alarmingly, so very nearly succeeded.

So MetaLoop can help re-balance the US economy, and temper its febrile politics; by becoming a fundamental nation-(re)building network of infrastructure, as an integral part of a sustained, long-term, continuous Keynsian, FDR — New Deal, as a regenerative rollout with Green characteristics.

This then becomes a sustained long-term national infrastructure roll-out and continuous regeneration as the networks are expanded, maintained and upgraded.

Other recommendations for paradigm-shifting new energy-transit infrastructure that will help America Build Back Better, Easier and for Longer (all Constructal principles); are innovations such as Focus Fusion, as well as a massive rollout of intercity HyperLoops.

Wind and solar are great but are almost “fix and forget”, so low employment once operational (unlike coal mines and oil & gas wells or conventional factory floor vehicle manufacturing); while the design and construction of MetaLoop networks connected to the wind and solar is longer term and requires constant expansion, maintenance and upgrading of its modular infrastructure — which are less susceptible to automation/outsourcing as much of the assembly is in situ in very different urban conditions across our cities, and can also be mandated to not be out-sourced overseas by regulation and/or PPP financing structures — as further covered in this blog post.

It’s exactly the kind of infrastructure that America so urgently needs right now.

So what is the MetaLoop proposition?

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.

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

Overall, the inexorable shift from simple digitization (the Third Industrial Revolution) to innovation based on combinations of technologies that respond to both supply and demand (the Fourth Industrial Revolution), is forcing companies to reexamine the way they do business.

Klaus Schwab, Chair, World Economic Forum 2019

Filling an Adjacent Possible Multi-Modal Darwinian Niche in Urban Transit — Renewables — Urban Farming by Elevating above and along Existing Transport Corridors
A Uni-Modal MetaLoop analogue, SkyTran, via NASA

Western Sydney Unliveable by 2050

“Just planting a number of trees will not solve the problem,” Professor Santamouris says.

“We need to have much more radical solutions.”

MetaLoop as Lung Bronchi — A vast network of distributed Fractal, Green, Cool Avenues for our Overheating Cities

Now with the advent of the new US Biden-Harris administration, they plan to implement a massive Build Back Better — Green New Deal infrastructure program, which the likes of HyperLoop and MetaLoop networks can (looking at the industry sectors below), make crucial, substantial contributions to.

MetaLoop urban distribution networks can help decarbonise all these sectors, the only question is, “by how much?”

Here is Princeton Universities framework for achieving this ambitious, FDR-scale Keynsian agenda which the two charts immediately below come from:

The OECD refers to a MetaLoop-capable 5 Dimensional Build Back Better agenda to help the world recover from the twin Covid & Climate-induced economic crises we now face.

The OECD 5 Dimensions of Build Back Better — All MetaLoop Capabilities
The World’s First Metro from 1863 — London Underground — from Paddington to Farringdon
Clean, Green, Safe, Cool & Fast — Using the Third Dimension and Elevating Up
Safe, Dedicated Active Transit Routes
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
London Transport: Vertical Transit Modes — MetaLoop doesn’t Excavate, it Elevates
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.

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?
Imagine no more Traffic Jams, Traffic Lights, Stop Signs, Bus and Train Queues with the Archigram Walking, Plug-in City Realised
A CleanTech, 4th Industrial Revolution Multi-Modal, Single Platform 100% Renewables-powered, Light-Active Transit, Food, Water and Recycling Solution
At Least 5 Modes, with 5 Revenue Streams for a Rapid ROI
Transport & Mass Transit Expert Team Leadership — London Undergound East London Line and Overground GingerLine
MetaLoop Sites in Hong Kong & Australia
Solving Melbourne Road & Rail Congestion with Additional, Adjacent Possible, Optimally Distributed, Fractal, Biomimetic Transit Streams
Inefficient Radial vrs Optimally Efficient Fractal Biomimetic Distribution Networks
MetaLoop With Pods
From Hong Kong Spin to MetaLoop — A Single Platform, Multi-Modal Demonstration Project for Clean & Green Tech
Renewable Energy Generation Capability qualifies MetaLoop for Green Bond Financing and Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs)
2030 Busines As Usual: More Congestion — Longer Travel Times, Not Less
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
Seamlessly Integrating Personal Rapid Transit Pods with Monorail, Walking, E-Bikes and Scooters-Skateboards, Bikes, Jogging and Walking
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
MetaLoop with Pods
Utilising the Missing Third Dimension above Existing Roads & Rail — Filling an Urban Transit Evolutionary Niche
Light, Elegant, Filigree Tensegrity Structure with Integrated Solar PV, PRTs with Seamlessly Dual MonoRail and Street Modes
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
New Grid: 100% Renewables (Wind, Solar, Biomass, GeoThermal, Wave & Tide), with Integrated Pumped-Hydro & Battery Storage: Generation and Distribution
Urban Farming & Parklets Between & In Buildings — plus, increasingly Large Rural Pesticide-free Biomes to allow Farm Land to Revert to Forest & Capture C02
Optimal Multi-Modal, 4th Industrial Revolution, Green New Deal Distribution Network for the 21st Century Smart Ecolivable City
Two Philosophies — 1. Economic — Doughnut Model: Staying within our Ecological & Social Limits 2. Physics of Complex Systems: Constructal Vascularisation
MetaLoop 100% Renewables Grid Rapidly Accelerates the Decarbonisation of our Civilisation by Transforming our Cities to Non-Fossil Fuels more Quickly
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
Beautiful Sailing Yacht Cable Stay and Net Structure, inspired by Nature, Hong Kong Spin, Frei Otto and the Scientia Building, UNSW, by FJMTstudio.com
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

Scenario 3: Seamless mobility

Now for a third possibility: What if cities encourage the use of shared AVs through regulation and incentives? That would make it possible for residents to “mix and match” rail transit and low-cost, point-to-point autonomous travel in robo-taxis, autonomous shuttles, and autonomous buses easily.

Our analysis suggests that pooled AV shuttles could grab 25 percent of the market (twice as much as in the unconstrained-autonomy scenario), and private cars and privately used robo-taxis could provide about 30 percent of passenger-kilometers in 2030, compared with 35 percent for private cars today.

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 like the at-grade only Zoox, 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.

The same logic applies to ML pods as drone delivery AVs, such as the at-grade only Nuro prototype.

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.

Optimal MetaLoop Constructal Energy-Resource Flows into Most Efficient Possible Fractal Network Forms
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.

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.

Greenery — Extruded Linear Trees
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.

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.

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.

It’s not just autonomous vehicles that would make the difference. Intelligent traffic systems, advanced rail signaling, and connectivity-enabled predictive maintenance would all boost network reliability. Seamless mobility could improve performance on all five indicators that characterize a transit system: availability, affordability, efficiency, convenience, and sustainability. It could accommodate up to 30 percent more passenger-kilometers (availability) while reducing average time per trip by 10 percent (efficiency). It could cost 25 to 35 percent less per trip (affordability), increase the number of point-to-point trips by 50 percent (convenience), and, if AVs are electric, lower GHG emissions by up to 85 percent (sustainability).

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?

Future Cities CRC — Deakin & UNSW supporting MetaLoop
Asynsis partners Design Thinkers Group — Providing Solution Consulting to our Public-Private MetaLoop Stakeholders
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”:

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

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