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Cambridge -- A Super-Ecofriendly Underground Fungal City

This project details the futures of more than 100 cities and towns across the globe as they fight to overcome all the grave environmental challenges of the 21st century. As part of this process, we highlight the future of the U.S. city of Cambridge, MA.


Welcome to Cambridge in the future; a subterranean city in Massachusetts inspired by a fungal mycelium network would be designed to mimic the natural, decentralized, and efficient characteristics of fungal growth. Mycelium, the vegetative part of fungi, spreads through the soil in a network that efficiently connects resources and organisms. This city would incorporate similar principles, creating an interconnected network of tunnels, habitats, and communal spaces that promote resource sharing, energy efficiency, and sustainable living. Buildings and infrastructure would be constructed using eco-friendly materials, with designs that allow for natural light penetration, temperature regulation, and waste recycling, reducing the environmental impact. The city's layout would prioritize green spaces, urban agriculture, and renewable energy sources, mirroring the mycelium’s ability to sustain life and promote biodiversity.


Cambridge, MA,  in the Future
A Vision of a Subterranean Utopia: Cambridge, MA, in the Future

As well, the city's governance and community systems would reflect the collaborative nature of mycelium networks. Decentralized and community-driven decision-making processes would empower residents to manage resources, address local needs, and innovate sustainable practices. The social infrastructure would foster a sense of interconnectedness and resilience, similar to how mycelium networks support and nurture ecosystems. Public transportation would be designed to minimize carbon emissions, with extensive use of electric vehicles and pedestrian-friendly pathways. Educational programs and community initiatives would focus on environmental stewardship, encouraging a culture of sustainability. By integrating these principles, the subterranean city would not only minimize its ecological footprint but also create a thriving, self-sustaining community that harmonizes with its natural surroundings.

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