World’s first floating city prototype: Busan, South Korea

Artist reproduction courtesy of Oceanix, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

The United Nations, a floating city architecture firm called Oceanix, and the South Korean city of Busan on Tuesday unveiled the prototype for a floating, sustainable version of the main shipping hub.

Floating cities could be a way to mitigate the effects of sea level rise caused by climate change. “Sea-level rise poses an existential threat to some small islands and some low-lying coasts,” summarized policymakers’ comments in the United Nations’ latest IPCC report from late February. According to the report, rising sea levels are threatening coastal electricity and transport infrastructure.

According to Climate.Gov, a climate change science and information portal operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average global sea level has risen 20 to 25 cm since 1880.

A third of this sea level rise has happened in the last 25 years. In the United States, average sea level rise is projected to be 10 to 12 inches by 2050, according to NOAA.

Busan has 3.4 million inhabitants and is an important port city. To adapt to the rising sea water, Busan worked with the United Nations and Oceanix to develop a prototype floating city. Here are some images shared by the company:

Artist reproduction courtesy of Oceanix, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

The prototype consists of interconnected platforms totaling 15.5 acres. Each modular part of the city is designed for a specific use, such as housing, research facilities or housing. Bridges connect different platforms.

Artist reproduction courtesy of Oceanix, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

It envisages a community of 12,000 people that can be expanded to accommodate more than 100,000 people.

Artist reproduction courtesy of Oceanix, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

The floating city is also fully sustainable with solar panels, and all water used in the floating city is treated and recycled.

Three years ago, the United Nations officially began studying floating cities as an adaptation to climate change.

Artist reproduction courtesy of Oceanix, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

“We live in a time where we can no longer build cities the way New York or Nairobi were built,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said at the time. “We must build cities knowing they will be on the front lines of climate-related risks – from rising sea levels to storms. Floating cities can be part of our new arsenal of tools.”

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Chrissy Callahan

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