The white, yellow and green revolutions brought about significant changes in history, and the times now call for a ‘blue revolution’.
“Rising sea levels and rapid technological progress mean floating cities and ocean urbanization are closer than ever”, according to FT journalist Nicola Davidson.
It’s been a lot of time since the birth of the concept of ‘Floating Cities’. Some architects along with other professionals have constantly worked on this subject, to produce a physical manifestation by making the idea economically, structurally and environmentally viable.
Here comes a similar but more pragmatic idea by ‘Blue 21‘ , who are trying to bring about a blue revolution. Designed by Delta Sync , the idea of not just a city but an entire floating ecosystem. This may give a feasible solution to root out the existing environmental problems and hence become more realistic than others. The team claims, “Blue 21 will have a positive impact on the planet by creating productive, rather than consumptive communities”. It’s a step ahead from the concept of sustainable architecture, where we just minimize the use of resources, ‘productive architecture’ where we not only minimize the use but also produce resources.
Infusion of sustainable features like hydroponic growing systems, bio-fuel production through floating algae, and protected fish and seafood habitats will result in “cyclical metabolism” hence making the floating ecosystem altogether more logical. To top it all, this could be “plugged in” at various existing city deltas and also act as the treatment plant for the local waste materials and CO2 emissions that result in city pollution.
In 2050, the ignominiously growing population will require one more of North America i.e. we may fall short of 22 million sq m land which is equal to the area of the North American continent.
Hence the target is to build up self-sustaining floating cities that would be able to produce food of their own and decrease dependence on the scarcely available land. These ideas are supposed to liberate humans from the growing problems posed to the future of humanity and the world at large by using water as the basis of a new ecosystem.
By Kushal Jain