Imagine you would create your own design draft of a sustainable floating city without limitations. You shouldn’t focus too much on affordability, feasibility or maintenance costs. Pay more attention to issues like sustainability, well-being, green space or ways how to make life on these floating city islands self-sufficient. Would it look like the latest design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)?
With the following project, BIG is dealing with the challenge of rising sea levels which threaten our cities. Can you imagine Sydney, Shanghai, Durban, or New York being under water? Due to the fact that many coastal cities will very likely be affected by erosion and flooding, the environment in which many people live might be destroyed and lost one day.
BIG faces this challenge and designed an alternative living environment which is immune to the rising sea level. Their “world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community” is a new way of urban living, just floats on the water and houses up to 10,000 people together on many single floating islands which together form a unit. The entire system is self-sufficient and offers mixed-use spaces for working, living and gatherings. Concepts like urban farming, sharing communities, renewable desalination or zero waste systems are part of the idea. Transportation is organized by electric vehicles or electric boats.