Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Seasteading Institute //California, USA
Seasteading Institute //California, USA

Floating houses and cities - The future of housing?

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DERECO Impuls 6

Visionaries, architects and construction companies have combined resources in a think tank named “Seasteading”, based in California since 2008, in order to develop floating homes and cities.

One of the basic advantages of floating homes is their mobility – they are relatively easy to transport from one place to another. Several units can be connected to form a small settlement with a fixed location near the waterfront. Alternatively, it seems to be feasible to develop larger communities floating at a distance from the mainland. Such a town could be docked to the seabed up to a depth of 250 metres, which is an option in regions with mountain ridges below the surface of the sea. For floating cities, a supplies infrastructure connection to the mainland has to be developed, which would include utilities such as electricity, waste water and household waste disposal. In floating communities, new jobs can be in fields such as marine research, underwater mining or fish farming.

The initiative is set to launch its first real-life project soon: In January 2017, the Seasteading Institute signed a contract with French Polynesia, an archipelago severely threatened by rising sea levels. If the sea level were indeed to rise, large parts of Tahiti would be flooded. If and how a small floating town off the shore would give the islanders more protection and safety is currently being analysed in a feasibility study by researchers and developers at the Seasteading Institute. A film containing more information on this project is available («A Concept to Recovery«).