Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman is working on the creation of Neom, a new city that he intends to build from scratch in the north-western corner of the kingdom.
The news of a startup city (lately I talked about DiverCity, to say) ”is already unusual in its own right, but it is also the shape of Neom that intrigues a lot. Mohammed bin Salman announced that it will be a real linear city, which will develop over a length 170 kilometers (105 miles).
Colloquially called "The Line“, This Neom vision will apparently consist of a series of housing modules repeated over the entire length of the linear city.
Each module will be a real autonomous neighborhood, with all needs reachable in five minutes on foot.
Traffic will not be a problem
The most surprising thing about this urbanistic approach to the linear city is the role assigned to transport. Cars and driveways will only be placed on a lower level, leaving the level of the pedestrian and green area. To move around (it should be said) the city, a fast transport system. Very fast.
Mohammed bin Salman states that traversing the entire linear city will take 20 minutes, presumably via a system similar to Hyperloop, positioned in a second sub-level.
Neom is the megacity of the future
Neom's approach is also important for the tension towards flexibility. With this scheme, the cities become real “decumani giants”, crossed by rapid trains. Expanding Neom will be pretty easy: just add a new module anywhere on the line, and connect it to the existing transport system. A bit like building a house and connecting it to a system. With the difference that in the linear city, instead of a house there is an entire neighborhood.
A way to build a megalopolis that has both human-sized neighborhoods and large-scale dynamics.
Here is the video of the presentation. It lasts four minutes, but if you're short on time, go straight to 1:47 and then let me know what you think, maybe on the Telegram channel of Futuroprossimo.it.