Construction is expected to begin in 2019. Sci-fi just got real!
As recent reports have confirmed, it looks like we are merely a few years away from having the world’s first floating city – which will be built in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, construction of the said project is expected to commence as early as 2019. For the past 5 years, the Seasteading Institute has spent the past five years researching and planning how to build “permanent, innovative communities floating at sea”.
As we all know, French Polynesia has always been at risk from rising sea levels since it is composed of 118 islands in the Southern Pacific.
Randolph Hencken, executive director of the San Francisco-based firm, shared:
“What we’re interested in is societal choice and having a location where we can try things that haven’t been tried before.
“I don’t think it will be that dramatically radical in the first renditions.
“We were looking for sheltered waters, we don’t want to be out in the open ocean – it’s technologically possible but economically outrageous to afford.
“If we can be behind a reef break, then we can design floating platforms that are sufficient for those waters at an affordable cost.
“We don’t have to start from scratch as this is a pilot project.”They also have very stable institutions so we’re able to work with a government that wants us there, that we have respect for and they have respect for us.”
Hencken said that he is hoping that the French Polynesian government will fully support the efforts.
“We are confident there will be both a direct and an indirect benefit for them economically.
“They are a tourist-based economy and they’re excited to bring us in because we are a technology-based idea.”
It is anticipated that the draft legislation will be drawn next year and, once approved, construction will already start by 2019.
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