On Wednesday, during a UN-Habitat roundtable, the unveiling of a new floating city concept, Oceanix City, took place, and as sea levels rise, this could become a viable solution especially because there are housing shortages and disasters related to climate change, according to experts.
A company co-convened a meeting with Oceanix, and it is looking to build the floating structures, those being presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Explorers Club, architect Bjarke Ingels. These structures could withstand severe weather conditions and be the home to 10 thousand people while allowing residents to produce their own food and power and manage the disposal of waste and water.
The name of the floating city concept is Oceanix City, and it is made out of a series of hexagonal islands populated by mid-rise structures. Sustainable materials were used in order to build them. Three hundred people could live on each hexagonal island. The shape of these structures is hexagonal because this architectural shape seems to be the most space-efficient one, as shown in the orderly activities in a beehive.
Oceanix City floating city can withstand sea level rise and climate change
Six platform island would make up the entire Oceanix City, and they would be called “villages,” for a total of around 10,000 residents, according to a report from Business Insider. Business Insider received a testimonial from Ingels who said that 10,000 is the ideal number of residents because this way the full autonomy of the island would be achieved and it would produce its own fresh water, power, and heat.
The architecture of the city, according to DesignBoom, has such a design that it could be reconfigured after being disassembled by future generations of architects.
Even though it would be moored to the ocean floor, this floating city could also be built in such a way that it could be towed to a safer location if needed. The structures could withstand category-5 hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis.
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