At the end of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, it was announced that sooner rather than later a unique project focused on new ways of inhabiting the planet will ‘see the light’.
After more than two years of projections, the government of the city of Busan, in South Korea, the American company Oceanix, in charge of the design of floating cities, and the HIM-HER-IT reached an agreement to build “the first prototype of sustainable floating city of the world”.
The realization of the first ‘Oceanix City’ is part of a tripartite bet that seeks to counteract some effects of climate change.
According to its promoters, given the alerts for the growth of the sea levelCurrently, all the pertinent studies are being developed to make this an important environmental feat.
The first ‘neighborhoods’ of the ambitious project that plans to become home to at least 10 thousand people.
How will the city work, what is its ecological contribution and who will live there?
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The feat of living ‘planted’ in the water
According to information from Oceanix, the firm in charge of leading the construction, the idea of this floating city is based on concrete slabs that, due to their empty interior, float in the sea.
Faced with the threat faced by large coastal cities due to rising water levels, this project is emerging as a viable option to avoid humanitarian disasters.
“Sustainable floating cities are part of the arsenal of climate adaptation strategies that we have at our disposal. Instead of struggling with water, let’s learn to live in harmony with it. We hope to develop nature-based solutions through the floating city concept and Busan is the ideal option to implement the prototype. “Maimunah Mohd Sharif, director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, explained after the pact was finalized.
In theory, the initial ‘Oceanix City’ plans to house 10,000 people spread over 75 hectares.
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The smallest unit in the city will be made up of neighborhoods with an area of 2 habitable hectares for about 300 people.
The buildings must be of less than 7 floors. Thus, says the construction company, it is possible to “create a low center of gravity and resist the wind.”
The neighborhoods will be congregated in villages (localities, it could be said) of at least six copies. Around 1,650 inhabitants will be able to share without major inconveniences.
According to Oceanix, the idea of the project is to create a “regenerative effect and not a devastating one” with the environment.
In this sense, the city will have important clean energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, algae bioreactors, compressed air storage, tidal wave energy and energy converters based on the movement of waves.
The idea of the ‘autonomy of fresh water’ would be a reality thanks to the distillation of water vapor, atmospheric water generators and rain collection systems.
The sustainability project would also cover food production.
Floating farms, soilless crops and the breeding of animals in play with plants in water would be the great sources of food.
The big measure in plans to convert waste into energy and reuse materials is the closed loop recycling.
In such a way, it is said, the economy would practically be circular.
Regarding the transport of goods and people, the idea is to prioritize ecological means of transport (water bicycles, for example).
Of course: the concept of ‘shared mobility’ will be the basis of the transport of people.
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When and who will be able to inhabit it?
According to the estimates made by ‘Oceanix’, for mid 2025 the first neighborhoods of the disruptive city would be available.
Taking into account that the alliance was created with the Busan government, the idea is that the inhabitants of those cities are the ones who can move to the floating city.
The plan is subject to instructions derived from talks with the South Korean central government.
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