Climate proof floating cities for areas under threat

Climate-proof floating cities for areas under threat

Oceanix City is new habitation concept intended to be developed in sub-tropical and tropical areas that are most at risk of flooding first, but could soon offer a more attractive living environment.

The scheme was unveiled at the First UN High-level Roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities, which Oceanix co-convened with MIT, the Explorers Club and UN-Habitat, a UN offshoot mandated to work with city development.

Oceanix City is concept consists of buoyant islands clustered together in groups of six to form villages. These clusters would then be repeated in multiples of six to form a 12-hectare village for 1,650 residents, and then again to form an archipelago home to 10,000 citizens.

The Oceanix has been developed in conjunction with MIT‘s Center for Ocean Engineering and Oceanix.

Coping with rising sea levels

Oceanix City is intended to provide a habitable, off-shore environment in the event of rising sea levels, which are expected to affect 90 per cent of the world’s coastal cities by 2050.

Each of the modules would be built on land and then towed to sea, where they would be anchored in place. The miniature islands are also designed to survive a category-five hurricane. Floating modules would be arranged to protect an inner circle of water

Arrangements would be flexible so that the cities could be moved if water levels became too low.

Locally sourced materials

The buildings would be constructed from locally sourced “replenishable” materials such wood and fast-growing bamboo, which also offer ” warmth and softness to touch”.

A number of renewable energy resources, such as wind and water turbines and solar panels are also incorporated. Food production and farming would be integrated and follow a zero-waste policy. Every island has 3,000 square metres of outdoor agriculture that will also be designed so that it can be enjoyed as free space.

Each mini-village will include a community framework for living, including water baths, markets, spiritual and cultural hubs, but BIG intends the Oceanix City to be adaptable to “any culture, any architecture”.

Another major benefit of the floating city, according to the designers is that it is an example of an affordable development, which could offer a solution to displaced societies.

Farming would be integrated with social space enable communities to provide their own food and be self-sufficient

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April 5, 2019
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