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Plans for Proposed Floating City Unveiled

Friday, April 19, 2019

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Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a 10,000-resident sustainable floating city that can adapt organically. The proposal was submitted to the first UN high-level roundtable on sustainable floating cities.

Others involved include: floating cities non-profit Oceanix, the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, Center for Zero Waste Design, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, the Global Coral Reef Alliance and other partners

By 2050, 90 percent of the world’s largest cities will be subject to rising sea levels. Marc Collins Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of OCEANIX, noted that people can live in floating cities in harmony with the sea life below.

Floating City Proposal

According to BIG’s proposal, Oceanix City would be composed of modular neighborhoods, each of which would be 2 hectares. These would, in turn, become self-sustaining communities composed of up to 300 residents. In order to maintain a low center of gravity, structures would not reach more than seven stories tall.

Bjarke Ingels Group

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a 10,000-resident sustainable floating city that can adapt organically. The proposal was submitted to the first UN high-level roundtable on sustainable floating cities.

From underneath platforms, biorock floating reefs, seaweed, oysters and other sea life help keep the water clean, along with accelerating the regeneration of the ecosystem. Six neighborhoods situated around a central harbor result in larger, 12-hecatre villages that can house up to 1,650 residents. Social, recreational and commercial options are placed around the sheltered inner ring to encourage community participation and engagement.

Construction material will largely be locally sourced, including fast-growing bamboo, which can be grown in the neighborhoods, that has six times the tensile strength of steel and a negative carbon footprint. Floating cities will also be able to be prefabricated on shore, later being towed to the site. These cities are calibrated to be used in vulnerable tropical and sub-tropical regions.

“[Nine] out of 10 of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas by 2050. The sea is our fate – it may also be our future," said BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels.

"The first sustainable and self-sustained floating community Oceanix City is designed as a human made ecosystem channeling circular flows of energy, water, food and waste. Oceanix City is a blueprint for a modular maritime metropolis anchored in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals."

   

Tagged categories: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); EU; Europe; Program/Project Management; Sustainability; Urban Planning

Comment from T W, (4/22/2019, 9:37 AM)

Has anybody nominated Kevin Costner or Dennis Hopper as Mayor yet?


Comment from Scott Youngs, (4/22/2019, 10:58 AM)

A couple in Thailand are in hiding after building a single dwelling 12 miles off of the Thailand coast. According to the article I read, the Thailand government is charging them with undermining the sovereignty of their government. A charge that carries a death sentence if convicted...


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