floating city
Image: Seasteading Institute

Floating city project might seem like fantasy or sci-fi, but we already achieved so many goals in modern technology, that this city from the dream may come true until the end of 2019. At least these are allegations of concept creators – The Seasteading Institute.

Plans For World’s First Floating City

The Seasteading Institute was founded by Wayne Gramlich and Patri Friedman in 2008 to establish autonomous, mobile communities on seaborne platforms operating in international waters. Their concept of a floating city considered as permanent, innovative communities floating at sea.  After five years searching for a location, the Seasteading Institute signed a memorandum with the French Polynesian Government to built the pilot project in sheltered waters.

The executive director of the institute Randolph Hencken explains about project goals: “We are planning to spin off a new industry of floating islands that will allow people to stay tethered to their sovereignty as opposed to having to flee to other countries.

For now, the plans are mainly artist renderings and computer-generated designs. Image: Seasteading Institute

Key Facts of Floating City

For last five years, the concept is developed based on surveys and their desire to create innovative semi-independent communities. The Seasteading Institute has made several key facts about the future city:

  • Concept design – One of the best world aquatic engineer company Delta Sync is behind the design. They will use platforms shaped like squares with 50-meter sizes. That means that the city can be rearranged according to the community’ s needs. Also, the platform will be constructed using reinforce concrete and will last more than a century. Ecovillages will be environmental friendly using sustainable energy technologies. It will contain 250 residents on 11 platforms as the beginning of the village.
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  • Protected waters – the floating city is designed only for protected waters. It means the city will floating just offshore in the protected waters of a host nation.
  • Concept economy – estimated cost for every platform is less than $15 million, which means $500 per square foot.
  • Substantial political autonomy – the host country will trade substantial political autonomy and for exchange, the city will bring environmental social and economic benefits to the host.
    Image: Seasteading Institute
  • Great interest for the city – the Seasteading institute conducted a survey about the concept and more than a 1000 people declare that want to move there. The interest still rising.
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Another advantage of this city is that it could be a solution to rising sea levels around the Pacific. With pleasant futuristic design and potential for economic benefits, the floating city may become reality throughout next few years.