‘Waterworld’: soon you’ll be able to live on a floating city

‘Waterworld’: soon you’ll be able to live on a floating city

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A city built to float on the sea? Sounds like the plot for a sci-fi film. Except…it’s not. The first prototype for a floating city is slated for 2020

If only Kevin Costner could see into the future, instead of battling to find a place to live on an Earth almost entirely covered by water in the 1995 sci-fi film Waterworld he could have time travelled (it is sci-fi after all) a couple of decades forward and he would have been safe and dry on one of the floating cities currently in the works.

The oceans are rising and the reality is we're going to be seeing a whole lot more water on our planet than our land-loving legs are prepared for. But according to The New York Times, "...companies, academics, architects and even a government" are getting ready for that reality with 'seasteading' - living on floating cities that are self-sustaining - gaining serious traction with a floating city prototype in the works.

The key player in this floating city movement is the Seasteading Institute, a non-profit based in tech town, San Francisco. The government of French Polynesia - home to the most Instagrammable ocean in the world #borabora - has apparently agreed to allow the Institute to test the viability of a floating city in their waters with The New York Times reporting, "Construction could begin soon, and the first floating buildings - the nucleus of a city - might be inhabitable in just a few short years."

Apart from the fact seasteading is a solution to the problem of too much ocean and not enough land, because the floating cities would be in international waters (ie not under any specific government), each floating city could essentially set their own rules and regulations, building a government and society from scratch (fingers crossed they don't take their cues from Lord of the Flies or TV's Survivor). "If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country," Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute told The New York Times.

Rendering: The New York Times via Blue Frontiers

The Seasteading Institute's French Polynesia project is being run by company Blue Frontiers and is, according to the article, aiming to, " about a dozen structures by 2020, including homes, hotels, offices and restaurants. If all goes as planned the structures will feature living roofs, use local wood, bamboo and coconut fibre, and recycled metal and plastic." Sounds like the most 'grammable place to live on the planet.

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