As a perennial plant would in an hostile environment, Patchwork city is growing in an organic and disorganised
way. In the jungle of poorly regulated globalisation, the city fairs relatively well. Sometimes private actors
launch initiatives to offer their fellow citizens the services that the city no longer provides, sometimes inhabitants
improvise gladly, enjoying the legislative "let-go" and the planning transferred from the public to the private sector.
Fragile on the access to resources aspect, the city is divided between those who can afford things and those
with limited resources. Districts have evolved into immense secluded and secured residences, almost living
in self-sufficiency (shopping, leisure...). Private initiatives and solidarity movements are, in the end,
the positive outcomes of this political no man's land.
Andrea, Hubique's administrator, is talking with a supplier of baby diapers in front of the storage space,
discussing group rates for her community. Indeed, there's been a significant raise of biths in the district
in the previous month: the demand for diaper is increasing.
Xavier has just arrived at the distorted urban wasteland that has been changed into a skate park.
He pays the symbolic usage-fee to access it and joins his friends inside.
Between two clients at Hubique (name of the logistical hub), Andrea runs to the Cafeteria for all to fetch a soup cooked by Rose. This retired woman cooks home-made soups at one of the Cafeteria's stands and sells them
to the district's inhabitants.
Xavier's lab results show a high white blood cells count: the doctor automatically contacted by the platform
tells Xavier that he has the flu and writes him the matching prescription.
Moving around isn’t easy in Patchwork City. In order to compensate the lack of fluidity in connexions
between districts, logistical hubs aim to pool all the needs of each district’s inhabitants, to negotiate prices
and to take delivery of the ordered products.
Hubique works as a super drop-off point: not only does it take delivery
of the inhabitants’ parcels, but it also negotiates more attractive rates
thanks to the volume it receives. Hubs tend to specialise in the products
they forward, thus reflecting the homogenization of populations in each
district of Patchwork City. The hub also offers inhabitants a paying option:
it can check the order’s conformity upon delivery. Once the package has
arrived, the Hub notifies the client, who then comes pick it up in a
Hubique is a logistical nod for the district: a physical
and economic interface between inhabitants, suppliers and delivery drivers.
Private companies are in charge of managing Patchwork City’s hubs.
Suppliers apply discounts to Hubs depending on the ordered volumes.
The negotiated discounts enable hubs to get paid: in the case of a small
volume or a direct order to a shopkeeper, the Hub will charge a commission
on the transaction. It’s interesting for clients, who benefit from negotiated
rates thanks to group purchases and from a delivery point and storage
space accessible 24/7.
Being settled strategically in the geographic heart of the district
is a pre-requisite to ensure a hub’s success. This logistical hub
will need to be linked with a virtual platform able to centralize
In Patchwork City everything has been privatised, including entertainment. Since the city has left pieces
of land not built on, some citizens have taken them over to transform them in spaces designed
for living, leisure and gardening.
Urban wasteland hackers are no more no less than simple citizens who decide
to seize an abandoned urban zone to make it more pleasant. They start
by occupying the ground, then cleaning it and privatizing it, all the while
communicating about their action around the district in order to get support.
Once the wasteland has gained major public-support, and considering that
it is often monitored and secured, the hackers ask for a financial participation,
which will in time become a set usage-fee.
Urban wastelands hacking is a generous and virtuous initiative aiming to transform
the forgotten spaces lying between buildings into spaces of life, leisure and nature.
Free at the beginning, wastelands become charged over time when
the offer is fully developed, the space secure but also depending
on the activities it proposes. Wasteland hackers also grant access
to private entrepreneurs (beverage and candy street vendors)
and perceive a tax on their revenues.
Urban wastelands hacking can only be born in a city that has been
forsaken by public services and taken over by its citizens: lawless
areas have opened the way to freedom of action and initiative.
In Patchwork City, everything has been rationalized, even cooking. Households being rather small,
connexion times being rather long, the demand for ready-cooked dishes and a functional catering
service is strong. The Cafeteria for all fits the bill.
Every district’s inhabitant can access the Cafeteria. In order to benefit
from interesting rates, they have to book in advance. The Cafeteria's
general manager has set up stands for rent all around the restaurant:
the district’s inhabitants can rent them to cook, thus having functional
equipment available. They can also hold a stand and sell their dishes.
The Cafeteria is a private initiative, which revenues come both from
the price of meals at the restaurant and the rental of stands in the Cafeteria
to independent entrepreneurs, running refreshment or catering booths.
Rates are attractive because waitressing is reduced to the strict minimum
and losses are diminished thanks to booking. The Cafeteria also offers take-away.
The Cafeteria for all is a collective cooking and catering place, offering healthy and tasty meals
for an attractive price as well as ready-equipped stands for those who wish to cook
for others in order to supplement their income.
Being settled strategically in the geographic heart of the district is a
pre-requisite to ensure a Cafeteria’s success. This public collective
catering service will need to be linked with a virtual platform taking
reservations and booking.
Social Security has reduced its funds. The e-Med range of equipments is designed to compensate an access
to healthcare that has become both complex and expansive in Patchwork City. The online-medicine service
offered by private insurances and mutual funds is one of the additional forms of health-care access.
An e-Med technician intervenes at the customer’s home to train him in the use
of the equipments they’ll dispose of: it goes from tensio-thermometers, to
electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms or even hospital beds for
elderly people. Those equipments are all directly connected to a secured
platform, where each member of the family has a personal medical file.
If a symptom has been detected, they can contact a doctor from the mutual’s
network on the phone or via videoconference. The physician can acce the patient’s
online medical file and propose a detailed diagnosis. He then sends the prescription
to the patient’s pharmacy and the pharmacist prepares and packages the exact
number of pills, capsules or vials that has been prescribed..
E-Med is a range of medical devices enabling the general public to self-monitor
and self-diagnose from home. It also provides an online medical consult service.
E-Med is a solution combining at-home equipment and online consults
provided has a chargeable service by mutual funds and insurances.
The equipment is proposed in hire purchase. Online-consults are charged
by the second.
The implementation of E-Med implies the progressive privatisation
of the healthcare system, a general change of mentalities and the evolution
of regulation regarding handling and transferring sensitive data such as medical files.