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Weekly Green Geekout: Floating Ecotopia

Posted by Sara on 9th Apr 2015

I actually found some sweet stuff this week. ....That doesn't sound very confident.

It's not that I didn't think I'd find sweet stuff, I just was surprised by how awesome the stuff was that Pinterest dropped in my lap.

Like this:

It's a beautiful floating city for when the water levels rise and we're all $*#@ed! Yay!

Actually, Inhabitat had a whole list of 7 different floating cities. I thought this one was the prettiest, but I'm pretty sure I'd be happy to live on any of them. Particularly if the other option is, erm, just not living.

I thought this little photo article would be the perfect first one for my weekly green geekouts because it's so hopeful. Instead of a Water World apocalypse, this architect (Vincent Callebaut) and others are dreaming up amazing solutions that are self-sustaining and beautiful.

Here's a bit of what Vincent Callebaut (he's French, so deal with it) says about his design:

It is a true amphibian half aquatic and half terrestrial city, able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and inviting the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora around a central lagoon of soft water collecting and purifying the rain waters. This artificial lagoon is entirely immersed ballasting thus the city. It enables to live in the heart of the subaquatic depths. The multifunctional programming is based on three marinas and three mountains dedicated respectively to the work, the shops and the entertainments. The whole set is covered by a stratum of planted housing in suspended gardens and crossed by a network of streets and alleyways with organic outline. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of the couple Human / Nature and to explore new modes of living the sea by building with fluidity collective spaces in proximity, overwhelming spaces of social inclusion suitable to the meeting of all the inhabitants – denizen or foreign-born, recent or old, young or aged people. 

I love the way he thinks of the future as a utopia, rather than a dystopian Water World. It's great to have big scare tactic articles and studies as long as that moves us to be better people. But... does it work? I don't know about you guys, but it just freaks me out, which stresses me out, which saps my brain power. Instead of worrying that no one is doing enough I could be doing what I'm good at to make the world a better place. And if I were an architect (a really really awesome, inventive one) I could be creating floating homes like Monsieur Callebaut.

So until next week, use your powers for green!

...Ok, still workin' on that catch phrase. 

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