The world’s first prototype floating city that adapts to rising sea levels has just been unveiled at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York.
The city, which is set to be built off the coast of South Korea’s Busan city, is a collaboration between UN-Habitat, the Busan Metropolitan City, and Oceanix, a blue tech company based in New York.
The interconnected neighbourhoods total 6.3 hectares and will accommodate a community of 12,000 people. Each neighbourhood is designed to serve a specific purpose – living, research, and lodging.
There are between 30,000 to 40,000 square meters of mixed-use programs per neighbourhood.
The floating platforms connect to the land with link-span bridges framing the sheltered blue lagoon of floating recreation, art, and performance outposts. The low-rise buildings on each platform feature terraces for indoor-outdoor living, helping to activate the network of vibrant public space
The floating city is designed to organically transform and adapt over time. Starting from a community of 3 platforms with 12,000 residents and visitors, it has the potential to expand to more than 20 platforms.
The floating platforms are accompanied by dozens of productive outposts with photovoltaic panels and greenhouses that can expand and contract over time based on the needs of Busan.
UN-Habitat, which works to promote socially and environmentally sustainable cities and human settlements, said the project is vitally important as the world faces rising sea levels due to global warming.
“The challenge is massive: two out of every five people in the world live within 100 kilometres of the coast, and 90% of megacities worldwide are vulnerable to rising sea levels.
“Flooding is destroying billions of dollars worth of infrastructure and forcing millions of climate refugees to leave their homes. With nowhere to expand, rapid urban population growth is pushing people closer to the water, driving housing costs to prohibitive levels, and squeezing the poorest families out.”