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The world’s first floating city

The world's first floating city can emerge outside Tahiti in the middle of the Pacific.

Authorities in French Polynesia has recently signed an agreement with Seasteading Institute to start the construction work already in two year time, writes Daily Mail.

One reason for the ambitious plans is that the 121 islands that make up French Polynesia will be hard hit by rising sea levels due to climate change.

The aim is also to try out new forms of governance and energy production, including in an effort to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

Seasteading Institute, which is partly funded by Paypal founder and billionaire Peter Thiel, has spent five years developing designed for the first permanent community at sea.

There will be 11 platforms

The first city to consist of 11 five angular platforms and is to be made of reinforced concrete. According to the plans, the platforms are designed to carry three-storey buildings such as apartments, offices and hotels that will endure up to 100 years at sea.

The feasibility study underpinning the agreement shows that the project is economically feasible if the costs for each platform can be kept under $ 15 million, which is in line with real estate prices in London and New York.

The institute plans are according to the newspaper to have between 250 and 300 inhabitants in 2020 and tens of millions by 2050.

But there are literally still choppy waters for the project.

According to the agreement the construction can not start if it won’t benefit the local economy. It must also be probable that the project is environmentally friendly.

The area where the floating city is planned to be located, is French territory, and it is not unlikely that the France will have a say in the matter.

Draft legislation will be drawn up next year and construction is expected to begin in 2019.


Credit and copyrights for the images and video:

Gabriel Scheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White  (Roark 3D)