Two out of five of the world’s population live less than 100 kilometers from the coast, and one in ten live less than ten meters above sea level. As oceans rise and shorelines erode, millions of people will be displaced in the coming decades. This is the problem that UN-Habitat and its partners hope to solve.
One such solution is Oceanix City, proposed by Oceanix and Bjarke Ingels Group and described in a press release as “the world’s first sustainable floating city for 10,000 inhabitants”. It is a truly utopian dream that presents a radical solution to one of the most pressing global problems.
Safe as houses
Oceanix City involves a cluster of floating platforms, each island having 300 people. Grouped together, six platforms form a village, with villages grouping to form a city. These proposed cities are self-sufficient, operate on renewable energy sources and implement zero waste systems.
Corrugated outposts would protect them from the worst weather, and they are also designed to withstand category five hurricanes. The biggest fear for many would simply be how to cope with a completely plant-based diet!
Accessible and affordable
Part of the dream of Oceanix co-founder Marc Collins Chen is that such a city would provide shelter for anyone who needed it.
“It is our goal to ensure that sustainable floating cities are affordable and accessible to all coastal areas in need. They should not become a privilege for the rich, ”he said during the presentation.
Source: The Nordic Page