BLUFThe Maldives is using new technology to build a climate change-resistant floating city.
The Maldives is taking action to mitigate the effects of climate change by building a floating city. The key points are:
- Designed by a Dutch firm that is also building floating social housing in the Netherlands.
- Developed in cooperation with the Maldives Government.
- Floats along a flexible, functional grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.
- Potential for use by other atolls—Kiribati?
- More than 80% of the country lies at less than one metre above sea level, so innovative solutions are needed.
- The floating city is a 10-minute boat ride from the capital and international airport.
- Coral is the model for the hexagon-shaped floating segments.
- Barrier islands reduce wave intensity.
- No land reclamation required.
- New coral reefs are being seeded for further protection.
- Buildings will be low rise, sea-facing.
- Utilising renewable energy.
- Bridges, canals and docks will provide access.
- A hospital and school are planned.
- Dec 2020 Scientific American Could Floating Cities Be a Haven as Coastlines Submerge?
- Jul 2020 Anthropocene It’s an unsinkable Idea
- Apr 2021 Popular Mechanics The World’s First True Floating Island City Could
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