The world’s first prototype floating city that adapts to rising sea levels has just been unveiled at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The city, which is expected to be built off the coast of the city of Busan, South Korea, is a collaboration between UN-Habitat, the metropolitan city of Busan and Oceanix, a New York-based blue tech company.
The interconnected neighborhoods total 6.3 hectares and will house a community of 12,000 people. Each neighborhood is designed to serve a specific purpose: life, research and housing.
There are between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet of mixed-use programs per neighborhood.
Floating platforms connect to the mainland with connecting bridges that frame the protected blue lagoon of floating outposts for recreation, art and entertainment. Low rise buildings on each platform feature terraces for indoor and outdoor living, helping to activate the network of vibrant public spaces
The floating city is designed to organically transform and adapt over time. Starting with a 3-platform community with 12,000 residents and visitors, it has the potential to expand to more than 20 platforms.
The floating platforms are flanked by dozens of production outposts with photovoltaic panels and greenhouses that can expand and contract over time according to Busan’s needs.
UN-Habitat, which works to promote socially and environmentally sustainable cities and human settlements, said the project is vital as the world faces rising sea levels due to global warming.
“The challenge is enormous: two out of five people in the world live within 100 kilometers of the coast and 90% of the world’s megacities are vulnerable to rising sea levels.
“The floods are destroying billions of dollars of infrastructure and forcing millions of climate refugees out of their homes. With nowhere to expand, rapid urban population growth is pushing people closer to water, driving housing costs to prohibitive levels and squeezing the poorest families. “