Imagine the devastated city of Saint-Pierre restored to its glory days! The former Paris of the Caribbean was wiped out by the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption. Today, in 2202, it has risen from the ashes to become the thriving city of Nouveau Pierre. The metropolis of 90,000 on the rainforest-covered northwest coast of the French island is a prosperous, tropical paradise.
Only two people survived the volcanic eruption. For 250 years, Saint-Pierre remained a small farming community and its ruins a destination for tourists. The invention of SAM, a seismic activity monitor that alerts residents of geothermal risk, first brought residents and industry back in the mid-2100’s.
City engineers developed a master plan including tree-lined avenues and panoramic views of the turquoise sea and lush volcanic mountains. Because Martinique is the second rainiest Caribbean island, managing watershed runoff and protecting the environment is a priority. Water is conserved for reuse by green roofs, rooftop rainwater harvesting, and moisture-filtering active membrane walls.
Desirable residential communities are located near the university district and historic downtown. Carbon-negative buildings include piezomesh energy-harvesting flooring and healthy, hyperbaric interiors. Walkable, energetic commercial and entertainment districts offer upscale French boutiques, Creole cafes, exciting nightclubs, and world-famous Crème Brule cupcake patisseries.
Nouveau Pierre has a diverse economy and near full employment. Major industries include magma power generation at Pelée Geothermal and BioCement synthetic sandstone manufacturing. Magma power has turned stormwater, a former nuisance to channel away, into sustainable energy that powers the island. Biocement is used for permeable roadways and coral reef restoration.
ArachniPod personal vehicles are powered by piezoelectric energy harvested from roadways. Vertical parking along buildings and subhubs provides access for handicapped and elderly residents. Rooftop cisterns and vertically-parked pods also assist with fire rescue and protection. ArachniPods integrate into the mass transit web for quick access throughout the island, while cargo is transported citywide through efficient underground tubes.
FlexiGrid Central Control manages power and water distribution, waste-management, and communication systems. Communication and education are based on EpiTatt epidermal tattoo technology that offers real-time holographic communication. EpiTatt virtual learning interfaces adapt and learn. Students retain everything they learn – for life! EpiTatt is also a wellness interface for remote health monitoring by physicians and provides a secure communication link to police and fire personnel.
The agricultural district’s fertile volcanic soil grows historic sugarcane and bountiful tropical produce, while non-native crops are grown in hyperbaric arboretums. Offshore marine aquaculture pods produce abundant local seafood. Both drinking water and gourmet seasalt are created by solar-concentrating mirrors at desalination freshwater factories. All household and industrial waste is compostable or recyclable. Gray water is purified for reuse, while black wastewater serves as a nutrient for hydrogen-generating algae digesters.
Tourism options range from relaxing geothermal hot springs, eco-tourism hiking adventures, and pristine black sand beaches. Beautiful engineered wetlands provide unlimited recreational and relaxation opportunities. The undersea hotel near the offshore floating wetland park and marinelife sanctuary offers glass-bubble scuba through protected coral reefs.
Imagine the restored Caribbean gem – imagine Nouveau Pierre!