In October 2021, Mark Zuckerberg announced the creation of a metaverse. This virtual space aims to change the way we perceive reality, the economy, and social relations.
The firm of the architect Zaha Hadid is in charge of designing and “building” a modern ecosystem within Zuckerberg’s metaverse, but what is this architectural space about? A micronation called: The Liberland Metaverse is home to around 600 thousand citizens, who can acquire vacant land on the periphery of the core and access it with an avatar. “As long as there are real bodies, there must be real spaces” so The Liberland is a digital twin of the physical construction “Free Republic of Liberland” located near the Danube River in Serbia and Croatia.
The idea is that this city is designed by architects and not by graphic designers or web designers because even though it is a virtual space it must have all the characteristics (interior and exterior) of a space that houses users, however, the project is open to boost business and decentralize the fields of power. It is a space for Web 3.0 developers to work together with the libertarian community to bring about technology-driven exchange and prosperity.
Being a citizen in The Liberland
To be part of the community in Liberland it is necessary to have the citizenship; this is obtained through a prior online application whose requirements include respect for others, respect for private property, having at least 5 thousand merits; which are achieved by working in the community or paying the equivalent in donations to the government, it is also important not to have criminal charges or have a communist or nazi past.
The average cost is $45,000, as long as the user complies with citizenship policies.
The first people to have a space –both physical and virtual– and to become citizens have been entrepreneurs whose business model can be carried out remotely, such as crypto platforms.
Patrik Schumacher, director of the ZHA firm, comments that it is time to make a transformation in our lives and in our way of perceiving reality, which will become more productive in metal wares. “Two powerful innovations come together in the metaverse we envision: the immersive Internet that enables a new level of realistic spontaneity in social interactions, and the Internet of Value that enables truly global economic collaboration without gatekeepers, no matter what passport its participants hold. We envision the metaverse as an open platform, based on freely circulating open source knowledge and technologies, building on and participating in the culture of permissionless innovation that has fueled the crypto ecosystem in recent years.”
With the shapes and materials that characterize Zaha Hadid’s architecture, the spaces in Liberland are developed. Curved facades, organic forms, and an aesthetic that appeals to an infrastructure that forgets the laughable.
On April 13, a party will be held in Liberland with the presence of 100 avatars to take a virtual tour of the city. Do you think the future of architecture will be digital?