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New feasibility study: Semi-submersible, “mini-modular” plaftform

Seasteading demands a nimble balance of practical present technology and untested innovation. Our latest engineering study, part of our Floating City Project, attempts to strike this balance by examining the feasibility of using a semi-submersible as the platform for the first open-ocean community. “Semi-subs” are state-of-the-art existing technology for deepwater drilling and worker accommodation – their comfort […]

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Container Cities

Reader hd passes on a link about shipping container homes from Urban Space Management, a group of builders in London who are building entire communities, schools, and farmer’s markets using old freight containers:

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More shipping container homes

via OpenWorld comes the post [How to Live in a Shipping Container](http://www.been-seen.com/article.cfm?id=11083), with a number of pictures of shipping container homes:

![home1](http://www.been-seen.com/archive/ecopodnew.jpg)

![](http://www.been-seen.com/archive/shippingcontainerallterraincabin.jpg)

![](http://www.been-seen.com/archive/shippingcontainerweekendhouse.jpg)

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Containerized Housing

[On a forum thread](http://www.seasteading.org/interact/forums/engineering/structure-designs/whatever-happened-shipping-containers?page=3), [Thorizan](http://www.seasteading.org/members/thorizan) posted several interesting links to cargo container-based housing.

[CNN: Recycled homes, one box at a time](http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/06/12/recycled.homes/index.html)

> Using containers to build homes has increasingly become a trend in the past several years because it can be cheaper and faster than using traditional constr

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A Protocol Suite For Seasteads

(Another new snippet from the book beta, inspired by a lunch conversation today.)

When talking about how we’d like to revolutionize the governing industry, we used the metaphor that we’d like government to be more like the internet industry than operating systems.  One of the properties of the internet is that it is based on a variety of open standards which allow many diverse programs, companies, machines, and people to interoperate.  We’d like seasteads to have this property also.

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