The design of the city is modeled after natural ecosystems. It contains modular, eco-dynamic and replicable subsystems that sustainably manage the demand and supply of the area within which it exists. The holistic, closed-loop design approach considers a balance of inputs and outputs both from natural and man-made sources to meet urban and agricultural demands.
Just as the city is composed of subsystems, the new rurban space also exists within a unique regional context made up of the Anam Agropolis of agrarian settlements within the greater Onitsha/Niger River region.
In order to generate a dynamic urbanism, interaction and hybridity is privileged over homogenity. Thus mixed-use and mixed-income neighborhoods are encouraged. Diversity as applied to services, infrastructure, retail, residential, commercial, office and all other sectors draws inspiration from ecological concept of resiliency in which greater heterogeneity of an ecosystem correlates to higher resistance to external stresses.