Futuristic living is certainly approaching quickly. Plans for the world’s first floating city have been unveiled to begin construction in the Pacific in two years' time in a deal signed with the French Polynesian government.
The Seasteading Institute concept is described as a permanent, innovative community floating at sea and has been in processes for the last five years waiting for a host nation to trial the project.
The government of French Polynesia, a tiny Pacific state made up of over 100 islands, expressed interest in the project as rising sea levels is a very real threat to them and a permanent floating city could be an innovative way to deal with future displacement.
However, they specified two objectives the project must prove before plans can go ahead: The city must benefit the local economy and it must prove environmentally friendly. If these can be met, draft legislation will be drawn up next year and construction is expected to begin in 2019.
The plans so far only consist of computer-generated designs of what the cities may look like, but the plan will ensure the floating community to include healthcare and medical research facilities, aquaculture farms, and sustainable energy plants.
The design is based on a plan for floating platforms that can be rearranged according to each city’s specific needs. The platforms will be made from reinforced concrete and be able to support three-story buildings such as offices, apartments, and hotels for up to 100 years. With around 250 to 300 residents to begin with, the city is predicted to cost around $167 million.
Whether it really will be feasible remains to be seen, but you can’t fault the institute for its imagination or the French Polynesia for attempting to address the future threat to its people now.
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