A fresh start on a floating city could be just a few years away
For five years, The Seasteading Institute has been conducting research into the potential for permanent, innovative communities – floating at sea. We are now able to apply this foundation of knowledge and our network towards an actual design, along with additional efforts to determine specific needs and desires of potential customers, and to select a practical location for what could become the world’s first city at sea.
The following represent our current core focuses, which we anticipate to span no later than the end 2014:
- Crowdfunding a floating city design - We have partnered with Dutch aquatic urban design firm, DeltaSync, to engineer a novel architectural seastead design, and successfully crowdfunded over $27,000 for this component. We will release DeltaSync’s design in Fall of 2013.
- Surveying potential customers at floating-city.org - We have begun gathering data from potential floating city residents and business owners using a survey housed at floating-city.org. This survey measures the preferences and demands of future pioneers – including full- and part-time residents as well as time-share holders. Please take a minute to participate in this stage and fill out the brief survey.
- Exploring alternative designs - Adding options besides DeltaSync’s design, our engineering team is investigating other platform and deck designs based on existing technology for comfortably housing the residents of the community in offshore environments. We have already conducted a feasibility study into a semi-submersible (view research here) floating platform, but it is not the only alternative under consideration.
- Honing the location - Our geopolitical and oceanographic experts are investigating practical locations for a free city at sea. Inhabitants of the city will be seeking to pioneer a new way of life, and experiment with innovative forms of governance. Therefore, we will be making the case to select nations that hosting an autonomous seastead city in their waters would produce significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for their citizens. This work will build on our existing location study published in November of 2011.
- Finishing Phase I – The final product will be a detailed white paper, proving the feasibility – from market demand to safety and to construction costs – of a floating city. We estimate the first phase of research to cost between $250,000 and $500,000, and have already received pledges of more than $200,000 for this project. However, we will need more to see the project through to completion, and encourage you to becoming a dues-paying member today.
Once we make it to the end of phase I of this comprehensive study, we hope to spin off a collaboration with real estate developers and investors to actualize the resulting plan. We anticipate the opportunity to put down earnest payments for units early in the next phase. We will keep you notified as the project progresses.
Recruiting Partners & Volunteers
We are seeking experienced persons in any fields relevant to seasteading as partners and/or volunteers for the Floating City Project. We are especially seeking individuals with a background in real estate development, geopolitics, diplomacy and marketing.
Qualified applicants should email their a resume or description of any relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.