Lord Neil Benjamin
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Bahamas LNBG/SNH Project www.snh-inc.com
76B2FAD6-205A-456A-AE34-9320C1DFD862Introduction  Our  vision  is  to  build  a  city  composed  of  modular  units  that  can  be  readily  added  to  or  removed  from  a  framework  to  meet  rising  demand, accommodate the social mobility of owners who wish to upgrade their living spaces, and simplify the moving process. Each single modular unit is based on a standard 40 ft high cube shipping container which offers 8 ft 10 in of interior height and spans 8-by-40 ft. Units can be combined in a cohesive  manner  as  desired  both horizontally  and  vertically  on  a  piece  of  land  with  some  constraints  to  provide  the  desired  living  space arrangement for each owner. Double height ceilings could be offered at a premium on a limited basis. All units will be off-grid capable through the use of rooftop solar panels or wind turbines and provisioning of their own independent water source.  For  tract  home  models,  a  virtual  marketplace  enables  owners  to  either  seek  or  advertise  available  space  in  a  particular  locale  and  make arrangements for the moving of entire living spaces—the involved parties could be connected locally or on opposite sides of the country, whereby preexisting  infrastructure  such  as  railway  or  freight  transport  can  be  used  in  these  cases.  The  only  fixtures  that  would  remain  on  such  a  property would  be  any  exterior  landscaping  and  city  infrastructure  such  as  supply  sources  for  gas,  electric,  water,  and  other  utilities,  which  could  be disconnected from and connected to a modular unit by a service specialist with reusable and specially-designed equipment.  The hassle and cost of open houses would be a thing of the past for homeowners, as prospective movers would visit their destination locale without the need to disrupt   the current owner since movers would be retaining their homes and simply executing a change of their surrounding environment. We  will  develop  the  equipment  needed  to  (1)  simplify  the  “last  mile”  home  transportation  process  (akin  to  how  the  modern  forklift  has  greatly simplified  and  sped  up  the  process  of  moving  pallets  of  material  within  a  warehouse)  and  (2)  site  these  homes  to  compatible  foundational frameworks. Units will be designed with both simplicity and robustness in mind to enable their removal and siting within 2 days if within the same locale,  the  only  difference  in  duration  for  further  distances  due  to  the transport  itinerary.  Due  to  the  prefabricated  nature  of  its  construction,  we project that up to 1000 modular units can be installed within one week. Included  with  each  unit  is  a  specialized  electric  car  designed  for  automated  self-driving  between  pre-marked  routes  to  local  hotspots  such  as schools, supermarkets, and hospitals. Each car is capable of automatically parking itself in its assigned space within a certain vicinity at home and docking itself to be charged overnight. The self-navigation of these cars will be supported by the combination of a moderate guidance-electronics infrastructure  built  into  both  the  city  roads  and  the  cars  themselves,  and  coordinated  location  and  speed  tracking  methods  to  achieve  collision avoidance. A free smartphone app will also be developed to enable regular cars to join the safety net afforded by this infrastructure. The app will  self-report location and speed to other user-drivers in the vicinity and also provide traffic analysis and suggestions based on the information it has collected on its network to provide greater situational awareness to all drivers on the road and give early warning before collisions occur. A means to beneficially shape traffic flow can be exploited by broadcasting a recommended speed limit (based on tested algorithms) from the back of the car to optimize traffic flow and prevent certain traffic jams from occurring.  To alleviate the need to build an abundance of specialized, likely costly public charging stations for these vehicles to support long distance travel, the  power  management  and  charging  system  for  each  of  these  cars  would  be  designed  in  such  a  way  as  to  permit  smartphone  app  transactions between vehicle owners to occur whereby money is offered to initiate an equitable transfer of a portion of the charge from one car to the next. Off-grid  solar-powered  super  capacitor  stations  can  be  designed  and  developed  to  provide  a  means  for    harvesting  electrical  energy  and  rapidly supplying charge to or receiving charge from vehicles. Integrated into this transportation system are mobile medical and dental care provider units catered to the individual needs of a patient in the event of  an  emergency.  Additionally,  a  computer  lab and  tutoring  services  will  be  offered  on  a  mobile  bus  facility  for  children  to  engage  in  dynamic learning experiences throughout their local community.  Some of the services we hope to include in each city community include an outdoor movie theater, gyms restricted to residents, an eclectic mix of restaurants  and  organic  supermarkets,  children  and  pet-friendly  parks,  and  facilities  for  sports  such  as  basketball  and  soccer. For  multi-level residential complexes, shopping centers  and community gathering areas will be located on the rooftop for best views of the cityscape and ocean. A  wearable  human-powered  exoskeleton  will  be  developed  to  enable  the  elderly  and  the  handicapped  to  perform  difficult  physical  tasks  such  as moving furniture or other large objects. This equipment would be offered to residents on a rental.