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In pictures, video: The $1 billion ghost city for testing technology

A sneak peak at the development which is set to become an intentional ghost town – in the name of research.

LAST SEPTEMBER, BusinessInsider reported on a ghost town in New Mexico, called the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation (CITE), that’s being constructed just to test new sustainable infrastructure technologies.

This week, development firm Pegasus Global Holdings announced plans to break ground on the $1 billion project on 30 June.

The test city will include all the features of a modern, mid-size American city — including roads, houses and schools — except the residents.

This will allow researchers to test the latest innovations in energy, transportation systems and resource development without jeopardizing the safety of real people.

[via Inhabitat]

In pictures, video: The 449343 billion ghost city for testing technology
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  • 1. CITE

    CITE will be constructed over roughly 15 square miles of desert in Lea County, New Mexico, in a region in the south-east corner of the state that covers more than 2.8m acres. (Google Maps)
  • 2. Central feature

    CITE's central feature will be City Lab - a 400-acre lab environment that includes all the key elements of a mid-sized American city, including urban, suburban and rural zones. (Pegasus Global Holdings)
  • 3. Buildings

    High-rise buildings, ranch houses, a shopping centre, parks and roads will help simulate a real-world environment where new technologies can be tested at scale. (Pegasus Global Holdings)
  • 4. Field Labs

    A large portion of the land will also be devoted to CITE's Field Labs, which will test new products for specific industries. (CITY City)
  • 5. Backbone

    CITE's Backbone, located underground, is the operational hub for the entire CITE facility. It will connect all districts, buildings and research sites through a network of energy, water, and data systems. Here is the master plan. (Pegasus Global Holdings)
  • 6. Research

    CITE's research campus will host conference rooms and offices where researchers, universities and investors can meet and collaborate on different projects. (Pegasus Global Holdings)
  • 7. Home

    The campus will also provide a temporary home for research teams. (Pegaus Global Holdings)



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