The World’s First Floating City Is Set To Be Unveiled In 2020

The World’s First Floating City Is Set To Be Unveiled In 2020

The project was conceptualized by a team of San Francisco-based marine biologists and nautical engineers

Kimberly B. Johnson
  • 16 february 2017

The government of French Polynesia has signed a memorandum allowing the world’s first floating city to be constructed in the open waters near the south Pacific Islands. The architectural endeavor is being undertaken by Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based collective of credentialed marine biologists, nautical engineers, aquaculture farmers, researchers, environmentalists and artists.


Randolph Hencken, Executive Director of the Seasteading Institute, hopes to have the community built and inhabited by 2020. Prior to its completion, a few logistical details still need to be worked out, however, such as how to deal with the harsh realities of oceanic temperament to how this type of society can integrate into the global political spectrum.

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In addition to being an architectural world first, the oceanic project will give Hencken and his team an opportunity to experiment with new types of governments and societies possible using this utopian-like venture on the sea as a launchpad.


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