The world’s first “floating city” will be built off the coast of South Korea — and it will be hurricane-proof, flood-proof and self-sustaining.
The United Nations-backed project will be constructed off the coast of Busan and was designed as a response to rising sea levels, Business Insider reported. It is expected to be completed by 2025.
The futuristic city will be made up of large hexagonal platforms that float on the water. The design will utilize a limestone coating that’s buoyant, despite being two to three times as hard as concrete, project leaders told the outlet.
The ultimate goal of the pioneering project is to create a flood-proof community able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane for 10,000 residents. It will also be able to produce its own food, energy and freshwater with communal farming at the “heart of every platform,” according to its designer Oceanix.
“It just happened that Busan is the best place for us to deploy this prototype,” Oceanix cofounder Itai Madamombe told Business Insider. “But this is something that we hope will be useful to all coastal cities around the world, and all coastal communities who are facing the challenge of sea-level rise.”
Nearly 50 percent of people worldwide live near shores, Madamombe added.
The cost of the project — designed in collaboration with the UN Human Settlement Programme — is an estimated $200 million, the outlet reported.
“We anticipate that by 2025, we’ll see this prototype in the water,” Madamombe said.
An October study by nonprofit research group Climate Central found that “unprecedented threats” due to rising sea levels could cause at least 50 major cities — mostly in Asia — to lose most of their populated areas in the next 200 to 2,000 years amid high emissions scenarios.
Madamombe said Oceanix said is already in talks with at least 10 other governments about building additional floating cities there.
“We build for people who want to live sustainably across the nexus of energy, water, food and waste,” the company’s website reads. “We build smart, but most importantly, we build a thriving community of people who care about the planet and every life form on it. Humanity can live in harmony with life below water. It is not a question of one versus the other.”
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