The World’s First Sustainable Floating City to Bring Humans and Nature Together Against Climate Change
Rising sea levels won't stop humans from building new cities.
Coastal cities worldwide are coming face to face with the effects of climate change. These areas are mostly threatened by the risk of flooding, a natural disaster that is forcing millions to leave their homes as they witness billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure being destroyed. Rapid urban population growth isn’t helping either, seeing how it is pushing more and more people closer to the waters, putting them at an even higher risk.
In 2019, the Bjarke Ingels Group proposed a plan that can overcome these challenges by building the world’s first sustainable floating city. This futuristic concept was agreed upon by UN-Habitat, tech company OCEANIX and the coastal South Korean city of Busan, which will be the home of this historic project.
Now since we can’t fight water, we can build new cities that will be in harmony with it, and the floating city prototype will do just that. The eco-friendly city is meant to be based on a flood-proof infrastructure and will be endowed with the ability to rise with sea levels while producing its own food, energy and fresh water with the assistance of fully integrated zero waste closed-loop systems.
This success of this futuristic project in Korea will propel the expansion of sustainable human settlements that can be implemented in climate adaptation strategies all around the world to shield people from the approaching catastrophe that is global warming.
- date publishedJanuary 14, 2022
- original sourceArchitect Magazine