It seems the world is constantly pushing the limits on what I think I know. In fact, sometimes it is hard to know anything for sure. For example, since I was a kid, and especially in my real estate circles, there has been a closely held belief that land is finite. Meaning we can’t make any more of it, so it is a limited resource. But what if it isn’t?
In fact, we can make more land. Let me introduce you to Port City Colombo, Ski Lanka. Known as the city born from the ocean, this development began in 2014 and was created on dirt from the ocean. The developers reclaimed dirt into a landmass as an extension of the city of Colombo. They added 665 acres of land and the Port of Colombo is set to be the world’s first true smart city by the time it is completed in 2041.
Every aspect of the city is planned to leverage smart technology and modern lifestyle. Tourism is expected to be one of the main economic inflows of capital as people across the world will be drawn to visit the port and to see this amazing marvel of a city.
So the next time someone says in a conversation that “you can’t make more land” tell them about the Port of Colombo. One day we may have our own land extension project off of Los Angeles or New York.
Here’s a video if I’ve peaked your interest.
The Port of Colombo is just one example of why we need to let go of everything we think we know and be open to the possibility that things we thought were impossible (like creating more land) just may be possible. Imagine what that change in mindset would do for your life!
P.S.: This is one of the trends I discuss in my talk Trends, Time Bombs and Turbulence.