Program  120.000 inhabitants city masterplan
Year    2022
Location    N.D.
Client    Third Millennium City Foundation
Plot Area     3600 ha
Building Area     400 ha
Phase     Concept Design
Design Team    Giacomo Garziano, Simone Piccolo, Luca Elio Rimatori
Based on    Matias De Stefano’s Ontocracy Principles

Building an Ontocracy, An Organic Approach to City Conception based on Matias De Stefano’s Vision

The Ontocracy model draws inspiration from Nature’s perfected systems. It acknowledges that the Earth, as the largest known biological living being in development, mirrors the abundance and biodiversity within organisms inhabiting it. Human beings, like cognitive thought within our nervous system, operate for the Earth’s well-being. The Ontocracy model recognizes the need to function on the basis of the cellular nervous system to act consistently with the Earth, creating harmony between human actions and the natural environment.

In this visionary model of city conception, we embark on a journey towards building an Ontocracy – a city that embraces the interconnectedness of human consciousness and Nature. Based on the insights of Matias De Stefano, Ontocracy seeks to harmonize human existence with the universe, manifesting a city that is both vibrant and sustainable.

The Foundation of Consciousness
In an Ontocracy, the core foundation is the recognition of consciousness as the building block of existence. The city is envisioned to have spaces dedicated to meditation, reflection, and communal gatherings, fostering a deeper understanding of oneself and the interconnectedness of all living beings. This emphasis on inner growth and self-awareness helps shape a compassionate and empathetic and self-governaning society.

Regenerative Architecture and Energy
An Ontocratic city places great emphasis on biophilic architecture and renewable energy sources. Buildings are designed in harmony with nature, with bio-based and locally sourced materials, incorporating green communal spaces and gardens to promote biodiversity and improve air quality. Renewable energy technologies, such as geothermal heat pumps, solar panels and wind turbines, power the city, ensuring a net-positive ecological footprint and self-sufficiency.

Cultural and Awareness Diversity
Ontocracy celebrates cultural diversity and conscious pluralism. The city encourages the coexistence of various traditions, beliefs, and practices, fostering mutual respect and understanding. Cultural centers, museums, and libraries act as hubs for the exchange of ideas, arts, and knowledge, enriching the collective consciousness of the community.

Holistic Education and Lifelong Learning
Education in an Ontocratic city goes beyond traditional academic disciplines. It encompasses holistic learning that emphasizes spiritual growth, emotional intelligence, and practical life skills. Lifelong learning is promoted, allowing individuals to continually evolve and contribute to the betterment of the community.

Network-Based Decision Making
Aligned with Ontocracy’s principles, the city employs a network-based approach to decision-making. Individuals form networks to support ideas, fostering careful consideration. This system taps into the organic intelligence of the network, fostering inclusivity and dynamism. Online platforms and citizen assemblies facilitate open dialogue within networks, guaranteeing policies resonate with diverse community needs.

Regenerative Economies and Self-Governance
The city operates with a strong emphasis on self-governance, guided by the principles of regenerative economies that prioritize local production, circular systems, and fair trade. Within this self-governing framework, eco-conscious businesses, community-led initiatives, and sustainable agriculture are nurtured, fostering a self-sufficient and thriving local economy.

In embracing the Ontocracy model, this city conception transcends the boundaries of traditional urban planning and evolves into a living, breathing entity that embodies the synergy between human consciousness and the environment. The journey towards building an Ontocratic city is one of unity, sustainability, and awareness growth, laying the foundation for a harmonious and prosperous society for generations to come. By integrating the Ontocratic philosophy’s principles, the city becomes a bio-evolutionary and inclusive community, fostering trust, diversity, and responsible participation. The flexible articulation system encourages collaboration and decision-making for the greater good, ensuring the city thrives as an interconnected, innovative, and evolved civilization.

“How would society – a city – look with its main objective being healing – through nourishment on every level (physical, emotional and spiritual)? What would it look like if we made our living part of nature again and not a separate place that we rarely visit? To create an environment that actually works for our natural instincts and needs and not against it? What if our government structures were ones of co-creation and not dogmatic power? What would our life and that of our children look like if the city we live in was designed holistically for the human being?
Layla Blake