There has been a lot of discussion lately on what the cities of the future will look like. Whatever they look like, our vision for future cities should be one that is energy efficient, modern, sustainable in using natural resources, and livable with a clean and eco-friendly environment.
French architect Jacques Rougerie has considered all of these concepts in his giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. The idea of the structure is dedicated to understanding and conducting research on the oceanic environment.
Rougerie has a special affinity for the sea, and he brands himself as a ‘mérien,’ which means, ‘one belonging to the sea.’ Rougerie’s Sea Orbiter ship, a fantastical roving laboratory, would be called the ‘City of Mériens.’ Here are some of its features:
- This ‘university city’ is supposed to house up to 7,000 international researchers, professors, and students for extended stays.
- The city would be nearly 3,000 feet long and 1,600 feet wide.
- It will be equipped with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, and space for leisure activities and sports.
- The city would be completely self-sustaining. It will run on marine energy and will produce no waste whatsoever.