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Floating cities are getting far closer to reality than ever before a?? but they won't be the libertarian utopias billionaires have proposed

Floating cities are getting far closer to reality than ever before a?? but they won't be the libertarian utopias billionaires have proposed
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For decades, floating cities have been part of a utopian vision to build societies that operate independently of government.




Organizations like the Seasteading Institute aim to create peaceful, self-sufficient communities at sea — but they've faced multiple obstacles.




In April, a United Nations roundtable entertained an idea for a new kind of floating city that could address issues such as rising sea levels and overcrowding in urban areas.




The vision is part of what designer Bjarke Ingels calls "utopian pragmatism," or generating grand designs that can be built in practical ways.




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It's been about 13 centuries since Homer envisioned a mythical floating city surrounding by "unbreakable bronze." The idea has generally remained the province of myth since then — until last month.
In April, the United Nations hosted a roundtable to discuss a proposal for a floating community called Oceanix City that could withstand floods, tsunamis, and Category 5 hurricanes. The project, which hails from architect Bjarke Ingels and the design firm Oceanix, consists of a collection of hexagonal platforms that combine to form six villages, each with around 1,800 residents.
The concept arose from a desire to address rising sea levels and land constraints in major cities. In a statement at the roundtable, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called the floating city "part of our new arsenal of tools" to address issues like poverty, climate change, disease outbreaks, and the mass movements of migrants and refugees.
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