February 28, 2015

Announcing Floating City Project Architectural Design Contest

The Floating City Project
Floating CIty Project Architecture Design Contest

Attention architects, engineers, designers and students. You can influence the design of the first floating city and take a shot at winning a cash prize, an internship at DeltaSync, and having your design featured in international media.

We are very excited to announce our Floating City Project Architectural Design Contest in association with DeltaSync.

Details, rules and registration at:

1st Prize: $1500
2nd Prize: $1000
3rd Prize: $500
People’s Choice: $500

Contest Schedule
March 1, Contest Launch
May 28, Deadline for Registration
June 1, Deadline for Submissions
July 12, Juried Winners Announced
August 16, People’s Choice Award 

Esteemed Jury Panel
see bios at
Karina Czapiewska, Director Project Development, DeltaSync (Netherlands)
Bart Roeffen, Architect and Creative Director, DeltaSync (Netherlands)
Tom Di Santo, Principal Architect at M:OME, Assoc. Professor Cal Poly (USA)
Nader Tehrani, Principal Architect at NADAAA, Professor MIT (USA)
Kay Van Dyke, Architect, Virginia (USA)
Ryan Roth, Roth-Management (UK)
Randolph Hencken, Executive Director, The Seasteading Institute (USA)
Joe Quirk, Author & Seavangelist, The Seasteading Institute (USA)
Supporters of The Seasteading Institute (for People’s Choice Award)

We eagerly await fresh ideas for our seastead,
Randolph Hencken, Executive Director

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6 Comments on “Announcing Floating City Project Architectural Design Contest

ellmer -
February 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

Randy, great idea to make people come forward and contribute to ENVISION and PICTURE their taste and color of seasteading (1) The handling of media attention always depends on pictures. – Keep the good stuff comming…

March 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

$50 just to enter!!! Wow that seems pretty steep.
And you should really re-think the reliance on “repositioning” as this requires floating structures and eliminates any entries based on static structures attached to the sea floor. This is a big mistake, in my opinion, since I believe that only static structures are able to achieve the level of autonomy and sovereignty required for true governmental and societal experimentation.
But if you’re just looking for pretty pictures for the book and other media, then I guess actual feasibility isn’t a requirement.

March 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

Thank you for the compliment Ellmer.

@_is_j_smith. This contest is specific to our Floating City Project, which is a feasible floating design. Please see our Floating City Project report for details. It’s common for contests to charge submission fees, and we’ve offered those who can’t afford the fee to submit a request for a fee waiver. We are a nonprofit. All of operations and this prize money comes from the generosity of donors. You can support our work by making a donation at

March 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

I understand it’s called the Floating City Project, I just don’t understand TSI’s singular focus on floating platforms. I know there is a strange requirement for mobility…which I believe is misplaced…and this fixation on the idea of dynamic geography (which I believe cannot work either physically or psychologically).
It isn’t in TSI’s best interest to narrow it’s goals. Rather than “Floating City Project” how about “Sovereign Seastead Project” or “SeaCity Project” or something more general that opens up more varied ideas.
But TSI is your ship. You guys run it however you like…

ellmer -
March 5, 2015 at 1:05 am

If we take a pluralistic approach (many tastes and colors of seasteading exist) instead of narrow things down to a “single solution” proposals do not need to fit everybodies taste and criteria. In any case nobody has moved the topic forward like the TSI does – so no matter if this fits my taste – it is great to have media talking about the general topic of seasteading – great job !

admiral doty
March 20, 2015 at 7:40 am

Can we have windows embedded in the concrete outer walls of the floating walls of the platform? Are the interior walls of the platform meant for compartmentalization in case of a breach in the outer wall, or can there be openings in the interior walls?

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