Governments' Lighter Side

Seafaring cities

The earth’s population is right around 7 billion, and projected to grow to nearly 11 billion by the next century. Needless to say, it’s going to be getting a little crowded on planet earth. So where are all those new people going to live? In the ocean?

Well. Maybe.

Architect Buckminster Fuller sought to mitigate this problem back in the 1960’s when he designed Triton, a city intended to float off the coast of Tokyo, according to Factor. The community was considered (but never commissioned) by the U.S. government.

But the idea hasn’t been ruled out. In his book, Critical Path, Fuller writes, “Three-quarters of our planet Earth is covered with water, most of which may float organic cities. Floating cities pay no rent to landlords. They are situated on the water, which they desalinate and recirculate in many useful and non-polluting ways.”

This isn’t just one man with a maritime dream. There’s an institute dedicated to it. Most recently, the Seasteading Institute commissioned DeltaSync, a premiere Dutch water architecture firm, to design a concept city and assess its feasibility. The report can be downloaded here.

The institute claims the first oceanic city could only be a few years away. What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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Derek Prall

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including The Public Manager magazine and the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008...
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