Dubai, UAE (CNN) – One of the world’s leading architecture firms is designing a new metavers design for a virtual city hoping to be a libertarian utopia.
Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled designs for the “electronic city” of Liberland Metaverse City, a small virtual town made up of curved futuristic buildings in the architectural style of the prominent late architect’s firm.
When the city is complete, it will provide users with the ability to enter it as an avatar and include a municipality, collaborative workspaces, shops and business incubators, as well as a gallery to display immutable arguments (NFT) Technical.
The community you hope to build is self-governing, with few rules and regulations.
These ideals are based on the so-called “Free Republic of Liberland”, a real state founded in 2015 by Czech politician Vet Gidelica, with the aim of implementing the libertarian values of small states.
The region lies between Serbia and Croatia and covers an area of 2.7 miles, which is larger than the Vatican and Monaco, and its territory is controversial and is not claimed by any country.
Since its inception, no one has relocated to Liberland, which lacks any infrastructure and construction has not started seriously, but there are 7,000 certified e-citizens and 700,000 applications from people who want to live there, Gidelica told CNN.
The country also has its own flag, national anthem and digital currency.
With its establishment, Serbia and Croatia rejected the state, in statements to CNN, in which the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it considered it a “frivolous act that needs no further comment”.
Liberland is not recognized by any other country.
Now, Al-Duwailah hopes to share her claim to be known in the virtual world.
The Metaverse platform, often built using blockchain technology, is an ideal space for libertarian ideals to flourish, according to chief architect Patrick Schumacher, because of the shared goals of the political philosophy of decentralization and autonomy.
Schumacher had been interested in Liberland since its founding in 2015, and shortly thereafter attended its first conference.
“It’s a very vibrant landscape made up of stakeholders … among them a lot of IT, cryptocurrency and technology entrepreneurs who see the world very tight,” he said.
Freedom in architecture
Although many concepts of the Metaverse universe arise from the aesthetics of video games, Liberland’s digital architecture is supposed to be more reality-based.
As for buildings, although they are very futuristic, they resemble typical architectural visualizations and display parametric architecture, a method that uses computer algorithms to create complex shapes.
“I think Metaverse is not a fantasy world. It’s not a video game,” Schumacher said, adding that “Liberland Metaverse’s architecture is unusual and unique, but at the same time realistic in all things the architecture we have already built and the future ”.
However, Schumacher added, there is more freedom in hypothetical design.
The visualizations show the company’s ability to push the boundaries of what it can achieve with real-world buildings, from impossible features like flying on the roof, to spacious interiors that should not take into account considerations like energy efficiency.
Schumacher is also excited about the possibility of adaptive environments, which contain rooms like auditoriums that can be expanded based on the number of users in them.
The world of “Metaverse” refers directly to the real world and mimics the borders of the Free Republic of Liberland itself.
One of the main advantages of the project is the virtual and physical ownership of the land, with digital stakeholders also owning part of the terrain.
Schumacher explains that these details are still being studied.
He explained that “it could be a percentage, it could be a specific land … We have not completely solved this problem, but we like this integration between virtual and real land”.
So how can libertarian metavers differ from other metavers?
Although digital infrastructure and policies are still in place, Schumacher describes a digital space with different regions, where “certain regions will be free from collective bargaining”, although users will still be subject to laws in countries Theirs.
But while many online forums and social media companies have struggled to find the formula to moderately control their users, Liberland will start as an exclusive space and will slowly expand in order to keep up control her community.
Gidelica stressed that citizens and residents of Liberland could enter first.
Schumacher notes that he is optimistic that Liberland will remain a digital space unrestricted by rules.
Currently, part of the Metaverse universe is being tested through two virtual layers in one of the buildings, which belong to a common work area open to invited guests around the clock, and they can explore the place as avatars, chat with each other. the other and share the screens in one of the windows of the room, which acts as the screen.
Although it remains unclear whether the debate over metaphysics will translate into mass adoption or not, Schumacher is committed to the vision.
He believes all organizations in the future will have physical and digital space, driven by the need to be more online during the pandemic.
“I think these hybrid or mixed spaces of reality will be very important in any workplace,” Schumacher added.