The future is in floating cities

Though this has been a long time concept existing purely for livelihood, floating cities may now be the solution for future survival

In history, humans were known to thrive near bodies of water. SylwiaBrataniec/Shutterstock

Climate Change is changing the way people live. ArchDaily noted how sea levels rising were causing a large risk of lost livelihoods. Cities by the coast get flooded often and are full of tall buildings and condensed streets. To counter the inevitable, architects have formulated a solution that may sound almost something out of science fiction: floating cities.

In history, humans were known to thrive near bodies of water. It helped with hunting, farming, and just the overall well-being of humans, so a floating city would bring humans back to our roots, help sustain life, and provide a solution to the environmental impacts of climate change.

While the concept of living on water existed for a long time, coming to life in the form of houses on stilts, the development of technology would mean using buoyant frameworks to actually have the cities floating rather than just settling on top of the water. 

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Actual plans to develop these floating cities already exist, with the first prototype planned for Busan, South Korea, revealed Architectural Digest. Known for its beaches, the coastal region of Busan situated in an advanced country is the ideal place to start. A farming system, filtration system, and an anchor system will be established to start  an ecosystem under the city.

Another proposal for a sustainable floating city has also circulated, with its developers planning on making it a green city with zero-energy. The city is formulated to adjust itself according to the climate and possibly serve as a sanctuary for those who are in the danger zone of sea levels rising. This city would not just be a solution to combat climate change, it would also be a way to protect people from the effects of climate change.

With water a crucial part of our history, it has now become a danger to coastal residents. Yet with the proper solution in place, water can become the future of civilization.

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