Space Age Floating Lillypad Cities Inspired By Natural Disasters

By: | September 8th, 2013

NOAH for New Orleans

NOAH for New Orleans

Very Large Floating Structures (VLFS)

If and when the seas begin to rise to the point where whole islands or even nations are underwater: Kiribati, Maldives, Seychelles, Torres Straight Islands, Tegua, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Carteret Islands, Tuvalu, and Bangladesh, not to mention 180 cities in the United States alone and major cities like Shanghai, London, Bangkok, Tokyo, etc. what are we going to do?

Current events are like God’s call to Noah to build the Ark in the Bible. It’s highly likely that over the next 10-20 years scientists will begin to produce climate change models accurate enough to base policy decisions upon. While in some cases inundation by the sea may be decades off planners will begin to look for real solutions, including the use of floating cities as permanent living structures.

Living, Working & Playing On The Sea

On IndustyTap we have reported on the $6 billion floating city project “Freedom“, the world’s largest floating airport “Megafloat” in Tokyo Bay, solar powered floating homes and islands, and self-sufficient sea cities of the future. Now a company call Blueseed is planning a  floating community12 miles off the coast of San Francisco where Silicon Valley startup businesses can focus on matters at hand without the distractions of modern cities. Next, a company in New Orleans has designed “NOAH” or New Orleans Arcology Habitat, a structure designed to withstand and “ride through” large storms.

NOAH (New Orleans Arcology Habitat) from Ksenia Sokolova on Vimeo.

The following video is a fascinating look at how a floating city would be put together.

Saving Islanders From Rising Seas

Finally, with the threat of rising sea levels, engineers and architects are coming up with ways to help people currently living on threatened islands, who are potential “climate refugess,” with floating city structures.

David Schilling

David lives in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, and regularly visits MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern, Boston\’s leading companies and labs, the stacks at Boston Atheneaum and Boston Public Library to uncover and research story ideas. You can also find David on Google+.

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