MIT Urban Developer: Smart City the Next Best Thing to Population Control

MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control. In a recent Q&A with SmartPlanet, top urban developer and director of MIT’s Media Lab’s Changing Places group Kent Larson openly states that Agenda 21′s concept of smart cities and micro-apartments is the alternative to outright population control.

He also stresses that the influence MIT wields in the actual development of so-called micro-apartments is increasing. According to Larson, “We just have to accept that cities are growing. You could wish they weren’t. You could hope that population control would reduce the rate at which these cities are expanding. We just start with that as a given.”

In these words, Larson implicitly states that population control is something to be anticipated for, but must in the end be regarded as something unrealistic. The second best thing, according to Larson, is further development of compact mega-cities as outlined by UN’s Agenda 21.

In response to a question why people should care about population growth and what this means for MIT’s urban development endeavors, Larson answers, “Almost all of the population growth will take place in cities. Cities are where a huge percentage of energy and water will be consumed. There’s a tremendous pressure on agricultural systems because of the rapid growth of cities and getting healthy food to market and not having the problems with spoiled and tainted food. Even if you live in the suburbs, what happens in cities will have an impact on you.”

The transformation of cities into mega-cities, according to Larson, is inevitable because of population growth. The way to cram more people into these proposed mega-cities is by means of building micro-apartments- the equivalent of battery chicken cages.

“We’re working with international developers to re-do their conventional approach to real estate development to incorporate these units. We’re integrating large displays into sliding doors, so you don’t have to have a wall for a large LCD screen. It’s embedded into these movable elements. The big items are the bed, table; couch that transform and large doors that slide. There are small tables that can pop up. We have a small bathroom designed where fixtures can be relocated. The sink can be accessed over the toilet for example.”

There’s something to look forward to. If only humans wouldn’t procreate like they do, Larson suggests- or all these measures would not have to be implemented. He also stresses that New York mayor Bloomberg is a passionate proponent of these Agenda 21 mega-cities under development by MIT: “We’re working with a large developer who has some influence. We think that, with any luck, within a year we can get some of these laws updated. New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is a big advocate of these micro-units, so we think there will be some changes”, Larson states.

Another feature MIT is planning to introduce in the future planned-opolis is stackable automobiles, which you fold up and carry in your arm. Larson:

“We need to have a whole ecosystem of shared vehicles ranging from conventional bicycles to three-wheel electric bike lane vehicles that expands the demographics of people who can use them to efficient two-passenger cars like our CityCar, a stackable, electric vehicle created by MIT Media Lab researchers]. You also have shuttles and electric taxis. There should be a whole family of options integrated into this vehicles-sharing program.”

In the following speech at the globalist TEDX conference, Larson shows these folding cars and robotic walls as MIT is currently developing them. That these mega-cities are hardly designed to benefit mankind, but rather meant to keep the masses controllable, is made clear in a 2012 MSNBC article. 

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