The Venus Project, a Total Redesign of the World

Mariculture

The great American architect Daniel Burnham once said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.The Venus Project is no little plan — it's a proposal for a total redesign of the world.  From cities on the sea to mass transit, mega sky scrapers, and even colonies in outer space, it covers every angle.  Furthermore, it proposes to achieve all of this by switching to a resource-based economy and adopting radical lifestyle changes.  The plan is large, thoroughly documented, and beautifully rendered.  The architecture even comes with plans to build the machines needed to build these massive structures.  Here's a look at just a couple of the many concepts …

Aquatic Architecture

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With the threat of global warming ever looming, perhaps its time we took a curious look into cities on the sea.  "To fully utilize this bountiful wellspring of resources, we must develop large marine structures to explore the relatively untapped riches of the world’s oceans. They will provide improved mariculture, fresh water production, power, and mining, which will offset land-based mining shortages. The oceans can provide almost unlimited riches in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, minerals, oil, natural gas, sweet water, and tidal and wind power, to name a few. "  On this point I have to agree.  The oceans are definitely an under utilized resource, teeming with endless potential.  Because infinity seems to be a reoccurring theme in these concepts, the next idea also seems appropriate to discuss.

Cybernated Complex

Cybernated Complex

If you've ever wondered about the current demographic of the African swallow, then this idea might be right up your alley.  "The cybernated complex uses advanced imaging technology to project 3D 'virtual' image of the earth in real time.  It utilizes satellite communication systems to provide information on worldwide weather conditions, ocean currents, resource inventories, population, agricultural conditions and fish and animal migration patterns.  The interconnected cybernated complexes represents the brain and nervous system of the entire world civilization.  All information is available on demand to anyone via the internet.  This single site manages our common heritage of resources and monitors the carrying capacity and health of earth."  The sheer amount of data necessary to realize something like this is completely mind blowing, but let's just imagine the results!  We could predict extinctions and plan for floods or droughts, or perhaps even predict volcanic eruptions.  The unintended results and mountains of meta-data produced by the experiment would likely end up being the silver lining of this high-tech tapestry.

Robots Building Robots

Robots Building Robots

Sooner or later, its bound to happen.  It only takes one person who happens to be half robot to create a system that can eventually design other machines like itself.  It's all 0's and 1's right?  "These 'multi access industrial robots' utilize vast information resources, which enables them to receive commands via satellite up-link.  They are also designed to take appropriate actions in the absence of human directives by combining micro Electric Mechanical Systems(MEMS), sensors, and receivers with sophisticated decision-making circuits and artificial intelligence programs."

Prefabricated Modular Homes

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Some of the sustainable concepts presented are already beginning to be built, but the proposed materials and methods are what make these ideas so riveting. "Their structural elements are flexible and coherently arranged to best suit individual preference.  These prefabricated modular homes, embodying a high degree of flexibility, can be built in any place one might imagine, amid forests, atop mountains, or on remote islands."  Here's where it gets really interesting: "homes are prefabricated from a new type of pre-stressed reinforced concrete with a flexible ceramic external coating; they are relatively maintenance-free, fireproof, and impervious to weather.  Their thin shell construction is mass-produced in a matter of hours.  With this type of construction, there is minimal damage from earthquakes and hurricanes."  Unfortunately while there is no indication of how these materials and homes will actually be built, a weatherproof house that doesn't resemble a bank vault might be a welcomed idea.

A Utopian Dream?

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It's always bittersweet looking at Utopian ideas.  They propose a way of life that is simply not possible but that still carries the power to captivate the mind, time and time again.  It's fun to dream about our days ahead and where we'll be in a couple hundred years, yet its also important to work towards realistic solutions.  If not anything else, The Venus Project can serve as an inspiration to designers working to redesign the world. 

Designs and quotes credit: Jacque Fresco. 
Models and photos credit: Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows. 
3D Renderings credit: Doug Drexler. 


  • http://buildintelblog.com Nick

    I always dreamed Water World would become a reality

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Portland Real Estate

    I have seen information on the Venus Project before. I would be very careful with it though, I heard somewhere that there are other similar “Venus Project” websites that are actually phishing scam websites trying to get you to invest.

  • shayne

    The people behind the Venus Project are also behind the Zeitgeist movies and are very intolerant in a lot of their views. I don’t think their re-design of the world is what we should have in mind. I think Bill Morison’s Permaculture design is a more sustainable and diverse approach that would actually work

    • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brenton-Eccles/550534305 Brenton Eccles

      I don’t know where you got the notion that The Zeitgeist Movement is intolerant. A very interesting notion.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brenton-Eccles/550534305 Brenton Eccles

    I find it interesting that you say “they propose a way of life that is simply not possible” without giving any reason as to why. Perhaps you’re imposing the values of our present culture on a new system.

    • http://twitter.com/CarloNO_S Carlo Santos

      I agree. Why is it so crazy to think perfection is possible. We, ourselves, are the only ones that can hold us back. Once we understand that, how easy it will be to move forward.

    • http://twitter.com/CarloNO_S Carlo Santos

      I agree. Why is it so crazy to think perfection is possible. We, ourselves, are the only ones that can hold us back. Once we understand that, how easy it will be to move forward.

  • http://FloMoreProductions.com BranManFloMore

    The Venus Project only backs up ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM, Jacque Fresco mentions in one of his many interviews that he has never saw the first film. This is not a Utopia, it’s just a betterment for everyone living in this planet. The Zeitgeist Movement is the activist arm for the Venus Project. And every official website have fake websites out there, the Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement aren’t the only websites that fall through the same thing online. The official websites are thevenusproject.com which is linked in this article and thezeitgeistmovement.com representing. I too think that cities in the sea would be great.

  • Malthus

    This video is nothing but propaganda. The delusions that the Venus project peddles like “Resource Based Economy” have been debunked long ago in serious academic debate. Indeed that’s what the whole ‘socialist’ calculation debate was about; the possibility of a non monetary economy. No where do they say how they will overcome the ‘coordination’ and ‘knowledge’ problems posited by Mises and Hayek. It is all vague promises and pretty pictures with no substance.

    Also on a lighter note they look like they have taken their architectural designs from the covers of dodgy 1970′s science fiction. Seriously just compare some from your local charity shop with the project propaganda its quite startling. It is also a like what Thunderbirds and Stingray thought the future would look like. Even if what they say is possible is possible I doubt it will look like that.

    • Anonymous

      I looked into the debates that you talked about and I didn’t see anything that truly represented the kind of non-monetary system proposed by The Venus Project. In regards to The Venus Project not having any Substance, perhaps you should take the time to look trough the website. Those people are working their butts off to develop a better sustainable global society. Currently the U.S is currently paying just shy of $3.8billion a day in interest…Lets stop continuing to hope these debt patches are going to hold the monetary raft afloat. It’s no fun. There is a better way and I think The Venus Project is visionary in goals.

  • http://fire-eater.tumblr.com/ Daniel

    I think you underestimate the sustainability of a profit based system, and would have done better to not mention Jacque Fresco at all, rather than insult him, by trivializing his ideas. He’s no utopian, and if you had an ounce of curiosity about him, you would know that. I urge you to actually indulge his ideas, and actually listen or read. You clearly have done neither, but are drawing conclusions from the “space age” illustrations. You’re not the first, and won’t be the last.

  • Meta

    Anyone trying to disprove this please do your research and link your sources, most of us who support the ideologies of the Venus project love to learn new things, to be proven wrong should not be seen as failure but as an opportunity to learn something new and expand your mind (thank you Zeitgeist Addendum for this amazing lesson) Don’t attack and ridicule try to understand as we understand your views as long as you do not force them upon us by insulting or trying to take away the credibility of a Man.

    • TTSG

      Ha, I can easily disprove this ego maniac(fresco). I’m sorry but if someone was fooling me, I would hope others would do the same for me. Fresco has stolen these ideas from a well known and very influential source. How influential? They have helped economists, the government, with very important data and helped create the Zip code. Most of its influence occurred in 1930′s-1950′s. Long before fresco “came up with this idea”. It’s very laughable. It’s Technocracy Incorporated. They are the original writers of these ideas and are still here today….Spouting nothing but truth. Fresco even lies about technocracy. He was once a member and left(on his own) and claims the organization was racists and cult like ( those weren’t his exact words, I’m paraphrasing a bit). This claim is not true…in the 30′s their were 500,000 members, half women, many black, Hispanics, and Native Americans. My Great grandfather was a member(native american).

      Frescos idea is a little different Than an energy accounting system proposed by technocracy incorporated and simply won’t work. Still, 95 percent of fresco’s idea is a copy and paste of the Technocracy study course.

      I can only link you to the official website technocracy.org You have to do the research on your own. I don’t keep tabs on everything I’ve read, sorry.

  • Franz

    The aquatic part reminds me of Vincent Callebaut who does it a bit more beautiful

  • I find it interesting this author thinks it’s impossible… and this isn’t a utopia. There’s no such thing as a utopia. There will ALWAYS be a better way. This is just the next step. The only thing holding us back are our politicians… which means, the voters don’t know how to use their politicians… Plaster information on the venus project EVERYWHERE and it will be possible…

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