South Korea to get ‘world’s first sustainable floating city’

The world’s first floating city, to be built off the coast of South Korea, is likely to be completed by 2025. business Insider, it is essentially a collection of hexagonal platforms sitting on top of the water.

Supported by the United Nations, the floating city, built on the shores of Busan City, will have a ‘flood-proof infrastructure’, consisting of several man-made islands that rise with the sea to eliminate the risk of flooding, daily mail uk informed of.

Built at an estimated cost of $200 million, it can also withstand other natural disasters including tsunamis and Category 5 hurricanes as its floating platforms will be attached to the ocean floor.

Planned in collaboration with the project’s designers, OCEANIX, and the UN Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat), the floating city will be self-sufficient in terms of food, energy and water. The report further states that it will generate electricity from solar panels installed on top of buildings and transport residents on futuristic boat pods. It will promote organic farming in traditional outdoor farms and greenhouses as well as in aeroponic and aquaponic systems.

“Sustainably floating cities are a part of the arsenal of climate adaptation strategies available to us. Instead of fighting the water, let us learn to live in harmony with it,” said UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohamed Sharif. daily mail uk,

While the size of the city has yet to be determined, it will reportedly have the capacity to shelter 10,000 residents, divided into large 300-resident neighborhoods. According to OCEANIX, residents would have to survive on a “predominantly plant-based diet” to reduce stress on space, energy and water resources. Work is still ongoing “to determine who the residents will be and how they will be selected”.

The city will be constructed using locally sourced materials such as fast-growing bamboo. The platforms will be constructed with a coating of limestone. The cages under the platforms can be used for scallops, kelp, or other forms of seafood, business Insider informed of.

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