A blueprint has been created for a new global civilisation, and has been named The Venus Project. The project was created by trained architectural illustrator and model maker Roxanne Meadows, who is working alongside the pioneering social engineer Jacques Fresco, whom she previously studied under for four years. Meadows explained, “When I first met Jacque Fresco in 1976, he had a nonprofit organization called Sociocyberneering”, which is a term that groups the key elements of Fresco’s esoteric field, and applies engineering and cybernetics to the study of a social system. However, after the team realised that Sociocyberneering was difficult to pronounce and remember, they decided to call the project The Venus Project after moving to Venus in Florida.
Fresco and Meadows began constructing their 21-acre research center in 1980 in a remote, rural outpost located in central Florida, which proved to be an ideal proving ground for the proposed futuristic city that boasts a global economy based on a fair and equitable use of environmental resources. The research centre features 10 dome-shaped buildings that were both designed and constructed by Fresco and Meadows. According to their website, the specific shape was chosen for the construction as it provides maximum strength and stability whilst also using minimal materials.
Reports also explain that resource-based economy is the central governing principle of the Venus Project. Meadows and Fresco both believe that “obsolete methods such as socialism, communism, fascism or the free enterprise system” cannot provide for every man, woman and child on Earth. As a child of the Great Depression in New York City, Fresco witnessed the mass poverty and dislocation of working people. He explained, “Although industrial plants were largely dormant, people wanted work. Store windows filled with goods remained unsold as few had the money to buy anything”, which led him to realising that things needed to change. He further explained that the Resource-Based Economy is “not based on someone’s ideals or vision of ‘utopia’… it is based on years of experimental study.”
Also in their archives are massive circular cities, modular skyscrapers and water-bound marine research centers as their visions continue to grow to designs that can be adapted for all climates worldwide. Meadows explained the relevance of the project in today’s world by saying, “It takes conditions in society that actually convince people to look around and see that this is not working, such as losing confidence in their elected leaders. It takes people losing their jobs to technological unemployment. It takes climate change to threaten the lives of our own existence and people understanding that not much is being done about it. It unfortunately also takes the poisoning of our food, air and water due to the mandate of profit over the mandate of global health and well-being.”
The Venus Project is currently working with the help of many volunteers across the world, whilst Meadows is working on a TV series alongside building the new city.