South Korea will design the first floating city

South Korea will design the first floating city

A hurricane-proof city? South Korea seeks to make it happen
A hurricane-proof city? South Korea seeks to make it happen

The city will be built on the coast of Busan because this region has been classified as a particularly vulnerable area due to the imminent rise in sea level.

South Korea approved a project that seems to be taken from fiction, since it is the world’s first floating city, which will be placed in a coastal area that is threatened by rising sea levels, in addition to other natural disasters. We explain what this ambitious idea consists of.

The city will be built on the coast of Busan because this region has been classified as a particularly vulnerable area due to the imminent rise in sea level.

The project was designed by Oceanix with the support of the United Nations Human Settlements Program ( UN-Habitad ), which seeks to create a city capable of housing 10,000 people, in addition to withstanding category 5 hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. .

“But it is something that we hope will be useful for all the coastal cities of the world, and for all the coastal communities that are facing the challenge of rising sea levels,” Oceanix co-founder Itai Madamombe told the Insider portal.

If the pilot project in Busan is successful, it is likely to be replicated in other parts of the world as the company in charge is in talks with 10 other governments to build other floating cities.

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The hexagonal-shaped floating city will be designed so that its inhabitants can produce their own food, have a drinking water system and generate electricity with solar panels.

Although the South Korean government has agreed to the construction, some details still need to be worked out. The co-founder of Oceanix explained that during 2022 they will hold meetings with the UN to begin designing the city’s platforms, whose size is not yet clear. It is estimated that it would initially cost 200 million US dollars and would be ready by 2025.

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