In a world where almost every square inch of land seems occupied thanks to the population explosion and rampant urbanization around the globe, it is no wonder that our imaginations take us to the high seas when we think of adventure, freedom and new frontiers. The floating ‘Lilypad‘ concept above illustrates one possible method of escaping urban sprawl with a series of entire mobile, self-sufficient and off-the-grid oceanic cities.
How will it improve our quality of life?
Floating cities would help to reduce population density in urban areas, particularly in coastal regions, by offering additional real estate space (housing, mixed use, etc.) on a self-contained platform that is not dependent on limited land area.
Triple Bottom Line Benefits
Many concepts for floating cities incorporate sustainability into their design, including such features as solar and wind power, passive cooling, and self-contained gardens to feed inhabitants.
Issues, Barriers and Opportunities?
One of the most significant challenges facing the concept of floating cities is the sheer cost it would take to both develop and construct such structures. Research and development costs for such a structure could easily run into the billions of dollars, not to mention the cost of building a floating city. However, floating cities provide a unique opportunity to reduce population strain in urban centers and open up land that might have been used for housing for other purposes, such as agriculture or even biodiversity reserves.