The design and feasibility study for the Floating City Project is
fully crowd funded. This was announced by director Randolph Hencken of
the Seasteading Institute. His foundation raised more than 20.000 USD
to start the first phase of the Floating City project.
The ultimate plan is to build the world’s first floating city
before the end of the decade.
Next move for DeltaSync
The money raised will be spend on an engineering feasibility study
by DeltaSync, a Dutch multidisciplinary research and water
architecture firm. DeltaSync will design a floating community which
could be constructed within just a few years.
DeltaSync has many years of experiences in innovative architecture
and aquatic urban design to the table, like the Rotterdam Floating
Pavilion in the Netherlands.
Pragmatic, cost-effective and inspiring
Seasteading Institute sees it as their biggest challenge striking a
balance between a pragmatic, cost-effective design and something which
inspires people to the full vision of seasteading, including legal autonomy.
The only way to do this is to locate the city within shallow or
protected seas, where engineering challenges are less severe.
Autonomy in exchange for economic benefits
The institute has narrowed down potential locations in territorial
waters and now seeks a hosting coastal country that is willing to
grant the seastead autonomy within those territorial waters.
The institute envisions a contract with a host nation which will
grant the floating city substantial autonomy within its territorial
waters, in exchange for the economic, social, and environmental
benefits the seastead will bring to the country
About Seasteading Institute
The Seasteading Institute, founded in April 15, 2008, is an
organization formed to facilitate the establishment of autonomous,
mobile communities on seaborne platforms operating in international waters.
The project picked up mainstream exposure after having been brought
to the attention of PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, who invested 500,000
USD in the institute and has since spoken out on behalf of its
viability, most recently in his essay 'The Education of a
Libertarian'. TSI has received widespread media attention from sources
such as CNN, Wired, Prospect and The Economist,.
Three transparent domes mark the Rotterdam
Floating Pavilion that floats in the Rijn harbour
since June 2010.
DeltaSync is a leading specialist in the field of floating
urbanization. It provides consulting and design services and
innovative solutions for delta areas. As an interdisciplinary think
tank, DeltaSyn also develops and implements flood proofing strategies.
Ideas or strategies are quickly taken to the next level, by
providing technically feasible and aesthetically, economically and
socially responsible solutions.
Sustainable development is a key aspect for DeltaSync on all
scales, from a single building to a complete city. DeltaSync’s mission
is to design and develop the first self sufficient floating city in
See the fundraising campaign on the website of Seasteading Institute.
Floating City project
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