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CATALYSTS AND ROUNDTABLES

Catalysts are frequent, action-oriented events focused on the basic building blocks of a carbon net zero district.

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UPCOMING CATALYSTS
#5: Micro Cargo Wars, the Epilogue — Recap and future logistics insights. Summary here.
#6: Micro Mobility Revolution — E-bikes, scooters, and the impact of urban walkability on carbon footprints.
#7: Carbon Zero Buildings — The shift in urban architecture to green materials and solar power.
#8: Urban Agriculture — Transforming vacant spaces into productive urban farms.
#9: Water Innovation — Innovative techniques in rainwater harvesting and aqueduct repairs. Includes sponge city concepts (pedestrianization).
#10: Waste Innovation — Exploring Waste-to-Energy and advanced recycling methods in NYC.
#11: Metaverse and Urbanism — Integrating environmental education with urban planning in the digital realm.
#12: Carbon Zero Industrials — Transforming interactive public spaces in FiDi.
#13: Hydrogen — Integrating environmental education with urban planning in the digital realm.
#14: Energy in a Carbon Zero City — Transforming interactive public spaces in FiDi.
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In the autumn of 2024 IC, in partnership with the NYC Pedicab Owners Association, held a series of virtual catalysts/roundtables on the future of micro cargo. It included some of the hot micro cargo tech companies including Fernhay, Hub NYC, Civilized Cycles and Urban Rover, among others.

COMPETITION OF IDEAS

An ideas competition for cities is a contest where participants propose innovative solutions to urban challenges, focusing on areas like sustainability, infrastructure, and public spaces to improve city life and influence future development.

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Urban Populations

Image from an earlier ideas competition in 2012 — The concept was to host a fair along the East River to promote NYC as an urban invention capital and finance infrastructure improvements along the East River. It looked to establish what is currently called, the Blue Highway.

POTENTIAL IDEATION TOPICS
The Blue Highway — Rediscover NYC's aquatic essence, leveraging the city's waterfront for cargo transit to reduce street congestion.
Urban Hubs — Transform vacant retail spaces into vibrant centers for micro-transit, innovative waste management, and public services.
Smart Urban Neighborhoods — Thrive through IoT and AI, where technology enhances urban life and commerce.
Urban Energy — Explore pioneering strategies for solar power and renewable energies for a cleaner NYC.
Water as the Sixth Borough — Innovative projects aim to reinvigorate NYC's waterways for leisure and natural harmony.
Pedestrianization of FiDi— Transform the Financial District into a pedestrian paradise, exploring the potential upsides and challenges.
Metaverse and the Economy — Blur the lines between digital and physical, merging virtual communities with urban life for new ways to connect.

A MICRO URBAN WORLD'S FAIR
TO CREATE BROAD AWARENESS

A Carbon Zero micro, urban World's Fair in the Financial District (FiDi) represents a unique economic opportunity, demonstrating vital strategies for urban climate resilience. This event will capture the enchantment of the 1939 and 1964 fairs, but with a pivotal emphasis on carbon zero cities. Unlike previous fairs, Inventropolis will leverage existing infrastructure, an incorporating enhancements like slow streets and pedestrianization to enrich the urban landscape and increase the financial value of the district .

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NYC WORLD'S FAIRS
Exhibitions of the Industries of All Nations
1853/54, Bryant Park

The Crystal Palace, a marvel of glass and iron, captivated 1.5 million visitors, marking the industrial age's advent. Elisha Otis's live demonstration of his safety elevator, by cutting its only support rope, became a landmark event, heralding the era of skyscrapers.
Building the World of Tomorrow
1939/40, Flushing Meadows, Queens

Amidst the Great Depression and the onset of WWII, this fair presented a vision of hope with its 45 million visitors. The Perisphere's "Democracity" exhibit, a utopian city model, showcased a future harmonized by technology and urban planning.
Peace Through Understanding
1964/65, Flushing Meadows, Queens

GM's "Futurama II" envisioned the future of transportation with self-driving cars. The IBM Pavilion introduced early computer technology, and the Ford Mustang's launch set a new standard in automotive design. The Unisphere and "It's a Small World" promoted global unity, attracting 51 million visitors.
Carbon Zero City
202?, Financial District

Aiming to transform FiDi into a model for carbon neutrality, this envisioned fair focuses on showcasing sustainable urban solutions, from micro-transportation to green buildings. Projecting 5 million physical and 45 million virtual visitors, it seeks to redefine urban living for a sustainable future.
Urban Populations

Invent City would be NYC's 4th Worlds Fair — The metaverse and virtual experiences offer new opportunities for showcasing innovation, reaching a larger market, and deepening experiences and relationships.

The 1964 World's Fair in Corona Park included an "Industrial Area." This section featured pavilions from many major corporations, showcasing their latest products, technological advancements, and visions for the future. Some of the notable industry pavilions included General Motors, Ford, RCA, IBM and AT&T among others. Inventropolis in FiDi will be similar, with specific industries in specific buildings.

Views from a future Carbon Zero World's Fair

Transportation Exhibit

Transportation Exhibit — Journey through the past, present, and future of urban transit.

Street Fair

Street Fair — Dive into NYC's dynamic street culture with crafts and performances.

Wind Powered Ferries

Wind Powered Ferries — Experience sustainable ferry travel powered by the wind.

Concerts in Liberty State Park

Concerts — Enjoy live music against the scenic Liberty State Park backdrop.

Ocean Exhibit

Ocean and Water Exhibit — Explore water's crucial role in ecosystems and conservation.

Energy Innovation Exhibit

Energy Innovation Exhibit — Uncover the future of sustainable energy technologies.

Tourist Benefits 

Tourists will attend the Carbon Zero City micro, urban world's fair to learn about the future, and for entertainment value. Carbon Zero City will be an urban EPCOT Center for the 22n-century showing the potential of human creativity to address the climate crisis. It will also highlight the dystopian.

WORLD'S FAIR ATTRACTIONS
See innovation before in market
Explore future cities in metaverse
Play futuristic interactive games
Cultural Exchange
Experience innovative exhibitions
Entertainment and Performances
Unique Souvenirs and Products
Networking and Global Unity
Recreational Activities
New York City in 2100

New York City in 2100 —It's become a symbol of what humanity can achieve when it commits to sustainability, innovation, and equality. It's a city that respects its environment, cherishes its communities, and embraces the future with optimism and purpose.

Benefits for Businesses 

Business professionals will benefit immensely from the Carbon Zero micro, urban World's Fair, a cutting-edge event showcasing climate products and services. Modeled after the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Chicago Merchandise Mart, and EPCOT Center, this fair will serve as a global marketplace that connects buyers and sellers. Merging physical and virtual experiences, it offers a unique platform for networking, discovering the latest sustainable technologies, and forging critical business partnerships.

BUSINESS BENEFITS OF A WORLD'S FAIR
Learn about market-ready innovation.
Discover upcoming innovative solutions.
Network with possible suppliers/partners.
Industry + technology insights
Connect with potential investors.
Explore industry collaboration opportunities.
Engage via interactive exhibits.
Market Expansion
Brand Visibility and Promotion
Cultural Understanding
Market Research
Strengthen Customer Relationships
Media and Publicity
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A pavilion on energy innovation.— It has become a symbol of what humanity can achieve when it commits to sustainability, innovation, and equality. It's a city that respects its environment, cherishes its communities, and embraces the future with optimism and purpose.

Transformative 

Historically, World's Fairs have debuted transformative inventions and visionary ideas that reshaped society. Carbon Zero City will continue this legacy by spotlighting innovative products designed to tackle the climate crisis, demonstrating how cutting-edge solutions can drive global change. 

THE GREAT EXHIBITION
London, 1851
Industry Of All Nations
Innovations: The Crystal Palace (a massive iron and glass structure), early telegraph systems, industrial machinery.
NEW YORK CRYSTAL PALACE EXHIBITION
New York, 1853

Display Of Industry And Technology      .
Innovations: The Latting Observatory (a wooden tower taller than the Washington Monument at the time), early telegraph systems, and a precursor to the elevator.
CENTENTIAL EXPOSITION
Philadelphia, 1876

Celebrating The U.S.'s 100th Birthday.
Innovations: The telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, the typewriter, and Heinz Ketchup.
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE
Paris, 1889

Celebration Of The French Revolution.
Innovations: The Eiffel Tower, early versions of the phonograph.
WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION
(Chicago, 1893)

Theme: 400th Anniversary Of Columbus's Arrival In The New World.
Innovations: The Ferris wheel, moving walkway, early dishwasher.
PAN AMERICAN EXPOSITION
Buffalo, 1901

Theme: Advances In Electricity And Technology.
Innovations: Electric lighting displays, early X-ray machines.
LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION
St. Louis, 1904

Theme: Celebrating The Centenary Of The Louisiana Purchase.
Innovations: Introduction of the ice cream cone, electric typewriter.
EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS ET INDUSTRIELS MODERNES
Paris, 1925

Theme: Modern Decorative And Industrial Arts.
Innovations: Art Deco design style, which was named after this exposition.
1939 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR
New York, 1939-40

Theme:The World Of Tomorrow.
Innovations: The television, Futurama (an exhibit visualizing the world of 1960), early robots.
1964/65 NEW YORK'S WORLD'S FAIR
New York, 1964-65

Theme:Peace Through Understanding.
Innovations: The Ford Mustang was introduced, a model of a futuristic moon colony, the Unisphere (a 12-story high model of the Earth), IBM showcased a computer that could draw illustrations, early video phone demonstrations, and Disney introduced "It's a Small World" and audio-animatronics shows.
EXPO '67
Montreal, 1967

Theme: Man And His World.
Innovations: Habitat 67 (a model community housing project), IMAX film format.
EXPO '70
Osaka, 1970

Theme:Progress And Harmony For Mankind.
Innovations: Early mobile phones, local area networking technology.
SEVILLE EXPO
Seville, 1992

Theme: The Age Of Discovery.
Innovations: High-speed train linking Madrid to Seville, advanced pavilion designs using new materials.
SHANGHAI EXPO
Shanghai, 2010

Theme: Better City, Better Life.
Innovations: Sustainable urban planning and design concepts, Maglev train technology.

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