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  • Haein Kim

Korea Is Building The World's First Floating City

What a time to be alive.

Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, 'Oceanix' the world's first floating city has been given the green light by UN habitat and the city of Busan to begin construction off the coast of the Korean city. In what will be the first floating city in the world, the modular design affords the city inhabitant to live on the ocean in exchange for zero net energy emissions.

The city to be finished construction in 2025, feature 2 hectare, 300 habitable neighborhoods that connect to be able to be inhabited by 1650 people. Residents will be able to easily walk through or boat to neighboring villages. The city will host art museums as well as marketplaces, schools, a public square and more.

The city will be able to withstand the worst hurricanes and tsunamis. "Structures will be under seven stories in height to create a low center of gravity, and platforms are built of locally sourced materials including “fast-growing bamboo that has six times the tensile strength of steel, a negative carbon footprint, and can be grown on the neighborhoods themselves"

“9 out of 10 of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas by 2050. The sea is our fate – It may also be our future,” said Ingles. Due to rapid population growth, countries around the world are encroaching in the water to build cities, Busan will be the first to do so with 0 emissions and lower cost of marine ecosystems.

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