The article on the Guardian proposes a way of building a city from scratch by taking into consideration mistakes that have been made in the past in other cities of the world. These mistakes include sectors that mostly depend on human relations and the way they are called to confront problems that arise.
So, can a city-building formula or such a thing really exist in real space, if not in digital space? And more importantly, how can we aspire to build new cities when we have yet to find all the wrongs in the already inhabited ones?
SimCity could actually prove more useful to building new cities, as it simulates the exemplary form of society and only occurs in the digital universe.