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Ambitious Floating City Concepts

BIG Envisions a Hurricane-Proof Cluster of Buoyant Islands

— April 10, 2019 — Eco
BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group, released its plans for Oceanix City which is a floating city concept. The idea is geared to be a solution to a potential future housing crisis that is motivated by extreme weather events. Addressing the alarming concern of climate change, and especially rising sea levels, BIG falls under the category of many architectural practices that are looking to prepare for the future.

The floating city concept consists of clusters of buoyant islands. Each group will have six, semi-dependent lands. The six can be combined to form a 12-hectare village which will be able to house about 1,650 residents. This village can be added onto to eventually reach an "archipelago home" and by the estimation of the Bjarke Ingels Group, this formation can house about 10,000 citizens.
Trend Themes
1. Floating Cities - The trend of designing and building floating cities addresses the potential future housing crisis caused by extreme weather events and rising sea levels, offering a solution for resilient and adaptable communities.
2. Climate-resilient Architecture - Architectural practices are leveraging innovative designs and technologies to create climate-resilient structures that can withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.
3. Future-proof Infrastructure - The concept of creating future-proof infrastructure that is adaptable and scalable allows for the development of sustainable and resilient communities in the face of changing environmental conditions.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - The architecture industry can explore opportunities to design and construct floating cities and climate-resilient structures, integrating cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices.
2. Real Estate - The real estate industry can embrace the concept of floating cities to offer innovative and adaptable housing solutions in response to the challenges posed by climate change and rising sea levels.
3. Construction - The construction industry can adapt to the demand for future-proof infrastructure by incorporating resilient building materials and techniques that can withstand extreme weather events and environmental changes.
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