How the world’s first floating city could restore the environment

December 27, 2017 by  
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The world got a little closer to the first floating city when the Seasteading Institute signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government earlier this year. Not only could floating cities offer a sustainable place to live, but they could also potentially help coral reefs recover and provide a habitat for marine life, according to Joe Quirk, Blue Frontiers co-founder and Seasteading Institute seavangelist. Inhabitat spoke with Quirk and architect Simon Nummy to learn more about the vision for the world’s first floating city. Quirk told Inhabitat, “We think of cities as being a blight on the land and polluting the oceans. Floating cities are so different because they could actually be environmentally restorative.” For example, an increase in ocean temperatures has caused much of coral bleaching . Quirk said the mere presence of a floating city could help combat this issue. He said, “The corals could actually recover if we could just lower the temperature a little. Our engineers at Blue Frontiers have devised a plan to position the platforms to create some shadows to lower the temperatures. So as the sun moves about, you get enough light on the ocean floor to spark photosynthesis, but you lower the heat just enough to have a restorative effect.” Related: World’s first floating city one step closer to reality in French Polynesia Solid floating structures can also increase the amount of sea life by serving as a habitat, according to Quirk. He said platform floors, that would be below water level, could be made of glass, creating an aquarium apartment or aquarium restaurant. There are currently a few visions for what the floating cities might look like from different designers, as seen in the images. Nummy, who won the Seasteading Institute’s Architectural Design Contest, told Inhabitat, “The intent is for an architecture derived from nautical technology and sensibility, combined with a deep respect and willingness to learn from the culture and knowledge of the original seasteaders, the Polynesians.” The goal is for the floating city, which will be placed around one kilometer, or a little over half a mile, from shore inside a protected lagoon, to be 100 percent renewable and 100 percent self-sufficient. Floating solar panels could help power the city, and Quirk said as water cools panels, they could generate 20 percent more energy than their landlocked cousins. 20 percent of the floating city could be comprised of solar panels. Another goal is to not discharge any water into the lagoon – waste water is to be treated and recycled. Food could be cultivated in sea farming systems. “Each building strives for energy independence and the architecture results from this; energy efficiency and passive strategies are vital,” Nummy told Inhabitat. “Polynesian architecture is primarily about the roof and we have tried to interpret this in a contemporary, sensitive way that both reflects local precedents while harvesting rainwater and discretely maximizing the opportunities for photovoltaics and vertical axis wind turbines .” The floating city could be designed to look like a natural island, featuring green roofs and buildings constructed with locally-sourced materials – potentially bamboo, coconut fiber, or local wood like teak. Nummy told Inhabitat, “The buildings are designed to connect to nature and embrace the magnificent Tahitian views. Walls are to be louvred or openable whenever possible.” 2020 is the goal for construction of the floating village, which would include around 15 islands 82 by 82 feet. Quirk said the first floating city could be kind of like the first iPhone – rather bulky and expensive – but they aim to drive down the price with later iterations. Two to three years after 2020, they hope to double the amount of platforms – from around 15 to around 30 – and then triple the amount two to three years after that. Quirk said, “Island nations and coastal nations are already suffering from sea level rise , and this is a realistic way for them to adapt.” + Seasteading Institute + Blue Frontiers + Blue21 Images courtesy of Blue Frontiers, Blue21, and Simon Nummy

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Floating Blue 21 ecosystem offers a sustainable alternative to consumptive societies

September 15, 2015 by  
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Although we’ve seen a number of cool floating city designs over the years, Blue 21 stands out among its buoyant counterparts for offering a truly viable solution to the world’s ever-increasing environmental ills. The forward-thinking designers behind this floating eco-homes project,  Delta Sync , claim Blue 21 will have a positive impact on the planet by creating productive, rather than consumptive communities. Learn more about their Blue Revolution after the jump. Read the rest of Floating Blue 21 ecosystem offers a sustainable alternative to consumptive societies

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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

July 31, 2015 by  
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Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

April 1, 2015 by  
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At the beginning of 2011, Dubai ‘s most notorious man-made islands, a.k.a. The World, made a splash with news that they were slowly but surely sinking into the sea . Now, in a bizarre twist of events that even had us surprised (and trust us, we thought we’d seen it all when it comes to The World), Google has announced that it purchased the troubled archipelago and will be reconfiguring it to form the shape of the Google logo. While we’ve seen the search engine giant dabble in everything from green energy to self-driving cars , this is the first we’ve heard of them making their way into island real estate. Once complete, the Google-shaped landmasses will be self-sustaining floating cities, and the company reports that it plans to retain a portion of the development for its own private use and sell the rest off to the highest bidders. Read the rest of Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , dubai , dubai islands , floating city , Google , google islands , google shaped islands , Google Starts Construction on Google Shaped Islands in Dubai , Inhabitat April Fools

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Freedom Ship: Construction to Start Soon on the World’s First Floating City

November 29, 2013 by  
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University Of Liverpool is Developing Natural-Looking 3D Printed Skin

November 29, 2013 by  
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A team from the University of Liverpool believe they are close to developing a synthetic skin that can not only be produced on a 3D printer , but can be matched to a specific person based on their age, gender and ethnic group. Read the rest of University Of Liverpool is Developing Natural-Looking 3D Printed Skin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed skin , 3D printers , 3D printing , 3d-printing human skin , fake human skin , fake skin , skin graft , synthetic skin , University of Liverpool , University of Liverpool is printing human skin        

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

March 5, 2012 by  
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Sun- and Wind-Powered Lifeboat Becomes a Recording Studio

October 23, 2011 by  
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Thomas Dolby/via When I mention Thomas Dolby , most of my friends draw a blank, until I mention his 1982 song, She Blinded Me With Science. Dolby has been busy since as the TED conference’s musical director, as a silicon valley tech entrepreneur, and as a dad who recently moved his family to the Eastern coast of England. After 20 years, Dolby has now released a new album A Map of the Floating City . The album was produced in one of the most beautiful recording studios. It isn’t a studio in Nashville or Los Angeles, but a studio on a solar and wind powered lifeboat moored in Dolby’s … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Abandoned Bridge in Upstate New York Is Now a Pedestrian Park

October 23, 2011 by  
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© Alex Davies When it comes to dilapidated railways being transformed into parks, New York City’s famous High Line tends to get all the credit. But its lesser known sister project is worth a visit as well. Two hours north of the Big Apple, pedestrians and cyclists have another unique place to go – an old railroad bridge transformed into a park, over the Hudson River…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Judge Rules Against the Corn Processors in "Corn Sugar" Case

October 23, 2011 by  
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Photo: KB35 I wrote in May that the Western Sugar Cooperative was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the sugar refiners for misleading consumers in calling HFCS corn sugar. A federal judge recently ruled that the lawsuit must go through, according to a press release from the Sugar Association . According to U.S. District Judge Consuel… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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