Cover Image Credit: Oceanix City
The hollywood movie “Avatar” gave us a peek to a world which can only be imagined in our dreams. But what will be your reaction if we say that there can be a “floating city” for real in the next 10 years? No, we are not kidding at all because this will be spearheaded by the United Nations. This revolutionary idea of developing the world’s first floating city was forwarded in the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi during a panel discussion. According to the experts the project of “Floating Cities”can be a viable solution to the upcoming challenges. In the panel, deputy executive director of UN-Habitat Victor Kisob stated that the idea of floating cities might sound crazy but they can lead to all sorts of possibilities if done in the right way.
Vision Behind The Floating City
According to the facts, around 90% of the world’s largest global cities are prone to rising sea levels. And this will result in erosion and flooding in the future. To curb that threat of huma displacement and permanent infrastructure damage, the idea of a floating city looks like a ray of hope. As per the experts, the floating city will self-sustaining which can be a saviour for the coastal communities being flooded by rising sea levels. Mr Kisob further added that the “next step would be to design the prototype which can be tried and tested along with the help of partners from the private sector.
To support the UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, the non-profit organisation Oceanix has come forward and designed the blueprint for the world’s first sustainable floating community. Alongside that the UN-Habitat is also working with the MIT’s Centre for Ocean Engineering to ensure if these structures can sustain the category five weather conditions which includes Tsunamis, hurricanes and other severe weather extremities.
Key Features Of “Floating City” Agenda
- These structures will be self-sustaining which means that the residents can grow their own food, generate energy and also recycle the waste.
- It will inculcate new behaviours in people.
- It will produce its own power and heat using renewable sources.
- Water harvesting from rain generation and vapour distillation technologies will also be done.
- The cities will also feature public squares and markets
All this might only sound like a dream, but this can become a reality in the next 10 years. This is one of the revolutionary ideas which is going to benefit mankind in a completely different way. So till the time this one of kind city comes up, don’t miss the chance of taking a world tour while also keeping this futuristic city in your bucket list!
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