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Finding Refuge in Floating Cities

Rising waters continue to threaten many communities near coasts as well as those islands in the Pacific. Floating cities was an idea tossed around several years back wherein rich people could find a safe haven. 

It was scrapped of course but now, the idea has re-emerged, this time as a place of refuge for those who are in danger of the creeping tides.

Dreamed up by Marc Collins Chen, an entrepreneur who was involved with efforts to bring Thiel’s vision to French Polynesia, the plan was rolled out at a United Nations roundtable last week — complete with luxe architectural renderings from the Brooklyn- and Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group.
Designed to house 10,000 people, Oceanix City, as it’s called, is a self-sustaining cluster of islands fit for an Instagram honeymoon. There are vertical farms, underwater seafood-harvesting cages, and aquaponics systems fertilized by fish poop (every newlywed’s dream!). It’s got the power to extract potable water from the air, and its island components can be rearranged for optimal heating and cooling across seasons. Garbage is whisked away in pneumonic trash-tubes. There’s nary a car in sight.

It's a paradise basically that is also functional. Trying to build this would take a lot of effort, the planning and the construction as well as the political will needed to make it happen. But if it turns out how it is expected, then it could be viable, albeit temporary, solution in the face of climate change. -via Digg

(Image credit: Oceanix/BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)


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