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.
Artisanopolis, created by Gabriel Scheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White of Roark 3D and Fortgalt as a gift to The Seasteading Institute, in conjunction with the Institute’s Architectural Design Contest.
Our detailed report (see below) demonstrates the feasibility – from market demand to safety and to construction costs – of a floating city.
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. The report and calculation model are available for download below.
We are continuing to gather data from potential floating city residents and business owners using a survey that 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.
We investigated both the DeltaSync design and a semi-submersible alternative (view research here), and determined that DeltaSync’s concept is better adapted for the strategy of the Floating City Project, which encourages early seasteads to form within protected waters. In the future it will be important to do additional research on various components of DeltaSync’s design.
Our geopolitical and oceanographic experts investigated practical locations for a free city at sea. Our in-house team is now actively engaged in diplomacy with host nations, making the case that hosting an autonomous seastead city in their territorial waters would produce significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for their citizens. Our work was partially based off of our existing location study published in November of 2011.
To learn more details about our progress on Phase II, please read a report the Fact-finding & Diplomatic Floating City Project Mission by our Executive Director Randolph Hencken.
In the mean time, we are advancing on all four aspects of Phase II in consultation with experts. These include:
The technology to foster the fluid mechanics of voluntary societies is at hand.
The Seasteading Institute is a nonprofit think-tank working to provide a machinery of freedom to choose new societies on the blue frontier.
The most successful floating cities can then inspire change around the world.
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