In the Metaverse, Zaha Hadid Architects is working on city design

The “metaverse” has been on people’s lips since Facebook rebranded to Meta. So what is the metaverse, precisely? Zaha Hadid, an architect, thought about it. The business formed by the late Iraqi architect is famed for its futuristic constructions. Fairly advanced, from the Evelyn Grace Academy in London to the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi. His most recent endeavor, constructing a small, self-managed virtual city, is proof of this.

The city will have a town hall, co-working facilities, and even art exhibits dedicated to NFTs. All designed by architect Patrick Schumacher in partnership with Micah Bond and Nick Lacroix of the Mytaverse platform. This cyber universe, however, is not completely the consequence of creative people’s overwhelming imagination. It’s actually a misspelling of a real place: the Free Republic of Liberland, a 7-kilometer-long island. It is between Serbia and Croatia in the Balkans. This unrecognized republic was founded in 2015 by Czech politician Wit Jedlika and is centered on libertarian ideas, as its name suggests. However, no one, not even the founder, lives there due to a lack of an authorized structure.

Other than Zaha, Schumacher has his opinions

” It is time, from a technological, economic and social point of view, to transfer an increasing part of our productive life to the Metaverse, Schumacher explains. The metaverse is just beginning to reveal its potential for borderless global collaboration”.

Schumacher expects that his virtual Liberland will operate as a blueprint for the physical Liberland’s evolution. Who knows, maybe in the not-too-distant future. The latter may be able to utilize the former’s brutalist architecture in the real world. An appealing prospect for the 700,000 people who have sought liberal citizenship. But, until that happens, as its border neighbors fear, Liberland will only remain in its digital form. Where the people will be able to communicate and interact through their avatar.

Because it is reliant on blockchain technology, a decentralized and autonomous technology. A libertarian’s utopia like Liberland finds an echo in the metaverse. After all, it was decentralization that initially piqued people’s interest in cryptocurrencies. El Salvador, the tiniest Central American country, enacted a law legalizing bitcoin to be used as legal money in June 2021.

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