Envisioning and designing a floating future



A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay may signal what’s to come: floating buildings, or whole communities, built to withstand sea-level rise.

ON AN August day that is brutally hot by San Francisco’s foggy standards, Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones, architecture faculty at the California College of the Arts (CCA), are on one of the campus’ back lots to present a vision of the future — though at first glance, the object they’re showing off doesn’t look like much. It’s white, roughly heart-shaped, and about the size of a sedan.

As a prototype for what the underside of a floating building — or possibly a whole floating community — might look like, however, it represents years of imagination, research, design, and testing. It also represents the hopeful vision of Ikeda, Jones, and their CCA colleague Adam Marcus, who together developed the concept with an eye toward a future of flooding amid steadily rising seas — particularly for the 10 percent of the world’s population that lives in low-lying coastal areas.

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The UN is supporting a design for a new floating city that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes

F788C141-4E25-4B7A-BDCD-D980FA7C3D48A rendering of Oceanix City. Oceanix

  • The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents.
  • The city is built to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes.
  • The design comes from architect Bjarke Ingels and floating city builder Oceanix.
  • At a roundtable on Wednesday, the UN said floating cities could help protect people from sea-level rise while addressing the lack of affordable housing in major cities.

What once seemed like the moonshot vision of tech billionaires and idealistic architects could soon become a concrete solution to several of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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