Floating Cities - Fad or Future?

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1Q 2022 | IN-6417


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Floating cities may have seemed like something from a science fiction novel, but with technological advances and a changing climate forcing adaptation they are closer to becoming a reality. Technology company Oceanix, Busan Metropolitan City, and UN-Habitat have signed an agreement to build the world’s first prototype of a sustainable, floating city. They aim to create a model for the thousands of cities around the world that are vulnerable to flooding and rising sea levels.

A floating structure that is already operational is the OXAGON. The OXAGON is a floating industrial complex establishes in the smart city development, NEOM, in Saudi Arabia. It is the largest floating structure in the world at seven kilometers in diameter. The OXAGON will focus on sustainability energy, autonomous mobility, water innovation, sustainable food production, health and wellbeing, technology and digital manufacturing (including telecommunications, space technology, and robotics), and modern methods of construction. The first occupants are expected in early 2022.

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