Ive never read The Human Drift, an 1894 utopian novel by King Gillette, inventor of the safety razor and not to be confused with Jack Londons book of the same name but judging from the books write-up on Wikipedia, I dont think its going to be getting a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award any time soon. In particular it sounds like a cross between F. A. Hayeks and Kevin Carsons worst nightmares:
The book details Gillettes plans for social and technological advancements that would replace the chaos of contemporary existence, which he termed the human drift, with steady and predictable progress.
Gillette starts his book with a discussion of the role of the business tycoon in social reform. Gillette propounded the somewhat paradoxical view that the business magnate is the natural leader of reform, because of his rationality and his understanding of the power of capital. …
The main substance of the book, however, is Gillette’s plan for an immense three-level metropolis (called Metropolis) on the site of Niagara Falls. Designed to accommodate a population of tens of millions of inhabitants, the mega-city would draw its electric power from the Falls. … Gillettes city was to possess a perfect economical system of production and distribution, run by a World Corporation; it would in fact be the only city on the North American continent. Economies of scale would mean that a single one of every necessary facility one steel mill, one shoe factory, etc. would exist. Advances in mechanization would generate ever-greater efficiencies, and ever-greater wealth for the whole society. …
Gillette gives a highly specific picture of his metropolis: it is shaped in a perfect rectangle, 135 miles on the long side and 45 on the short. … Gillette favored circular buildings, even for residences (25-floor apartment complexes), and a hexagonal street plan. … The text of The Human Drift was accompanied with abundant illustrations and plans, a graph of the Educational and Industrial Pyramid, and other features of Gillettes scheme.
A quick websearch unearthed an image of the aforementioned Educational and Industrial Pyramid, which looks pretty much as one would expect:
Accompanying text explains that the divisions of the pyramid from base to apex represent the Grand Divisions of Industry all of which finally merge into the WORLD CORPORATE CONGRESS. Under this system the individual is free to choose his path of inclination, and his progress cannot be barred. (But what if the individuals path of inclination is to build a non-circular house or to make shoes in competition with the One Shoe Factory? That would be anarchy!)