UN New Idea Could Ease the World's Housing Crunch

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 15:20

The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes.

As climate change gathers pace and more people crowd into city slums, “floating cities is one of the possible solutions”, said UN-Habitat’s executive director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Reuters reports.

Unlike instances in the past when these futuristic designs have been met with skepticism, the executive director of the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat), Maimunah Mohd Sharif, said the UN would support and shepherd this project to fruition.

The intergovernmental group unveiled Oceanix City, a concept for one of those floating cities developed as a partnership between architect Bjarke Ingels and Oceanix, a company that specializes in building floating structures — and it’s a stunning vision of the future of urban living.

The company believes a floating city project would address both dire housing shortages and threats from rising sea levels. The structures themselves would be designed to withstand all sorts of natural disasters, including floods, tsunamis, and Category 5 hurricanes.

The partnership plans to build within months a prototype open to the public, which it hopes to dock on the East River next to U.N. headquarters.

Compared with another located in Copenhagen, the New York City version aims to grow its own food and meet its water and energy needs, said U.S. Company Oceanix, which will build it.


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