Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has proposed a project called "Oceanix City" for the UN agency, UN-Habitat. BIG describes its idea as a "sustainable and resilient collection of floating islands with a total land mass of 500,000 sq m, able to accommodate 10,000 residents".
It adds that Oceanix City could act as "blueprint for a modular maritime metropolis", incorporating multiple sustainable systems such as:
- Communal farming, which will allow residents to grow crops using zero-waste systems
- Floating reefs placed underneath the platforms and seeded with seaweed, oysters, mussel, scallop and clams to clean the water
- All built structures to be kept under seven storeys to improve stability
- Roof space to be maximised for solar power generation.
BIG’s modular neighbourhoods would house 300 residents, and clusters of six would be located near a central harbour.
Larger villages of 12ha could accommodate 1,650 residents, with social, recreational and commercial functions placed around a sheltered inner ring.
The firm says residents may eventually be able to walk or boat through a 75ha city, which would contain 10,000 people.
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