We all have that, we are inspired, we are trending and we realise that something pushed us. I stated this some time ago when I realised something as I looked at the plans of Neom, things had to change, needed to change to facilitate for Neom. It drove me to design the new 5G solutions. Solutions for a new generation with the shopkeeper in control. As that came about a YouTube video on the Toronto Eaton Centre started the setting for a new version of engagement, driven through Augmented Reality But it is not about that, it is about what drove me.
We are all driven through something. In the 60’s it was Apollo, in the 70’s it was the Cell phone and video games. The 80’s brought us cassettes, Fax and VHR, the 90’s was the age of the internet and so on. When we go ack there was also a stage of buildings. There was the Chinese wall, The pyramids, yet until much much later and the Empire State building there was very little. Yes, Italy had the Pantheon and it was great, but not mind boggling, neither was St. Paul’s Cathedral. For some there was the Eiffel Tower. 1962 got us another US design The Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs and Singapore gave us the Helix Bridge. Yet in these years after the Empire State building, nothing mind boggling was made. Things were pretty, astounding, but not not mind boggling. It seemed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gets two counts there. The first is Neom, which is merely mind boggling for its size, no city that size has ever been created. A city that spans from Washington DC to New York. The second one is mind boggling. It is the Line. A city in one building. 9 million people in a structure that is 200 meters wide, 170 kilometres long and 500 meters above sea level. It will be visible from space like a silver line over the land of Saudi Arabia. And if this building is completed it will bring marvel to the world, marvel brought to you by Saudi Arabia.
For me it feels great, several of my IP will add to that design and in that scheme my long term options are great, but it is not about me. You see, like the previous inventions, anyone between 12-15 will find inspiration from something like the line, not one, not 10 but thousands and they could come up with all kind of solutions and new innovations, innovations that I and many from my generation have not yet considered. They will come with the thought “If I do this….. then I could get …..” and like the makers of the iPad, iPod, MS Windows, IBM quantum that generation will create even more and optionally things I never thought of, because the age of wonder will push us all forward and if we can make one building like that, we could actually make a difference and find options for nature to restore itself.