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No man's land: The $1 billion desert city where humans are banned

Updated 5:44 AM ET, Mon October 12, 2015
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The CITE project will see future technologies developed in a $1 billion empty city in the New Mexico desert. CITE/Perkins+Will
CITE will feature several layers of infrastructure and specialized zones for energy, water and agriculture. CITE/Perkins+Will
The city will have all the usual features of a mid-sized American town, including a church, parks and malls. cite/perkins and will
CITE campus at the entrance will accommodate research teams and introduce the project to the public. CITE/Perkins+Will
Unproven technologies can be tested safely without people, such as Google's driverless car. Google
Drones can be used for transport, agriculture or security.
Developers also foresee smart streets being tested, such as the Dutch Studio Roosegaarde's Dynamic Paint and Glow-in-the-dark Road. Courtesy Studio Roosegaarde with Heijmans
New house designs will feature prominently, including homes fitted with 'Internet of Things' connected appliances. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Other high-concept future cities like Masdar City in the UAE to Portugal's PlanIT Valley have been designed in recent years. CITE/Perkins+Will
But CITE's managing director, Robert Brumley, is confident the project will stand out as the only city that is purely for testing. cite/perkins and will