Future Architecture : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees

Future Architecture : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees

According to the less alarming forecasts of the GIEC (Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the climate), the ocean level should rise from 20 to 90 cm during the 21st Century with a status quo by 50 cm (versus 10 cm in the 20th Century). As a solution to this alarming problem architect Vincent Callebaut came up with this ecotectural marvel that could serve as a luxurious future retreat for 50,000 inhabitants seeking refuge from rising waters due to global warming. He believes the world will be desperately seeking shelter from the devastations of climate change, and hopes the auto-sufficient amphibious city will serve as a luxurious solution. To bad that right now we are close to 7 billion people and this luxurious future retreat is just for 50,000 inhabitants ( just for rich people ).

Vincent Callebaut called this project “Lilypad“, but this ecotectural marvel is also called as “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees”. The whole structure is covered in green walls and roofs, the top portion covered in grasses with the inner portion featuring a palm oasis, and the under portion serving as a bed for natural sea planktons and oceanic plants. Finally if you were already planning to reserve a place to this luxurious future retreat stay calm, because Vincent Callebaut hopes that “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees” will make the transition from design to reality around the year 2100.

53 comments

  • JustMe June 11, 2008 at 21:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    These type of things LOOK nice, but,

    The real problem is that there are TOO MANY PEOPLE on the planet.

    Too much of a strain on the environment. Period.

  • Yawza June 11, 2008 at 22:51 PMLogin to Reply →

    Wow, wonder where the first one will be located

  • Amysealing June 12, 2008 at 03:13 AMLogin to Reply →

    This is some cool architecture, its cooler than those palm trees in dubai, I dont know what this building will be used for, but since land is limited, we’ll have to develop into the ocean

  • Urlaub « Gabriel Steinbach June 12, 2008 at 05:54 AMLogin to Reply →

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  • Ajskreem June 12, 2008 at 09:32 AMLogin to Reply →

    Well this simply looks like the resort of tomorrow. Allthough I must say there is some
    irony in having a pool as town square in a floating city.

  • Jim June 12, 2008 at 09:44 AMLogin to Reply →

    How Steep are those hills!

  • Jennae Petersen June 12, 2008 at 12:00 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is a cool concept, and definitely innovative, but I’m not sure how I feel about developing the ocean because we have used up resources on land. Doesn’t that send the wrong message? I am generally a big fan of everything TRULY gren, but this just doesn’t seem like a solution.

  • web design company June 12, 2008 at 12:46 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thought the reviewer was a bit of a jerk, but the floating ecopolis itself looks very interesting.

  • barbara June 12, 2008 at 13:35 PMLogin to Reply →

    well to me it looks like a copy of the mermaid project by jdsarchitects from 2004

  • mel June 12, 2008 at 13:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    hey guys i like just woke up went outside n saw one of these in the ocean. i live next to the beach in adelaide

  • Locksmith June 12, 2008 at 14:04 PMLogin to Reply →

    As I see there is still a plan to keep raising the Real State already high prices…..how much will cost a square foot on that “floating refugee”????

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  • José June 13, 2008 at 01:04 AMLogin to Reply →

    Hi,

    This is all very nice, but is it going to be affordable to everyone ?
    I recently read about the acidification of the oceans.
    While everyone is worried about the recent oil prices, I wonder what people will have to say when we want water to drink and it may not be enough.
    I belive in these projects, but more important than these, it’s important to put brakes to the cause so that we don’t have to deal with the consequences.

    Best regards,

    José

    P.S. there seems to be a glitch with the comments section.
    is it just me or have you or anyone else noticed it ?

  • Mitoman June 13, 2008 at 02:37 AMLogin to Reply →

    The structure looksl ike its as big as a city itself, so this maybe the future of how our city would look like

  • mermer June 13, 2008 at 15:09 PMLogin to Reply →

    thanks.

  • Steve June 13, 2008 at 15:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    This floating city looks nice, but how will it be positioned and secured? How will it fair in a tu
    fair in a tidal wave or hurricane/typhoon?
    Climate change is also predicted to increase storm intensities and tidal waves
    up to 30 meters and hurricane/typhoons with winds exceeding 280 kph are quite
    possible.

  • Arcos Cielos Research Center » Blog Archive » New Paradigm in Eco-City Design…A Floating “Ecopolis” June 16, 2008 at 05:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    […] Visionary architect, Vincent Callebaut, has developed a unique design for an ecologically self-contained Floating City. The floating city is has green walls and a roof which would be covered with grasses. The interior would feature a Palm Tree Oasis, while the underside would serve as a bed for natural algae and marine organisms. To read about this interesting concept and view conceptual photos of “Project Lillypad,” CLICK HERE. […]

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  • GD23 June 16, 2008 at 20:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    If you can find a copy, read “Arcology: the city in the image of man” by Paolo Soleri, and see where it all began.

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  • zinc June 19, 2008 at 13:30 PMLogin to Reply →

    great…

  • dedroidify June 20, 2008 at 17:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    check out Jacque Fresco’s work called the Venus Project and the documentary Future By Design for similar ideas :)

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  • Ivan June 29, 2008 at 10:08 AMLogin to Reply →

    I’ve just discovered your website, do love it. This is amazing. I’ve put your post in my blog, just the way it is with all the links.
    Thanx

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  • chris August 2, 2008 at 22:54 PMLogin to Reply →

    cool! i’d live there.

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  • Brian January 26, 2009 at 13:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    It looks really cool and there are a lot of nice details.
    But I strongly doubt that it will bee a safe place too bee then big waves hit the construction. The cost of making this city for only 50,000 refuges is enormous and could bee used a lot better by providing a safer coastline instead. This type of construction has a very high negative impact on the environment because of its big time use of material (concrete, iron, glass etc) pr. refuges.
    Never the less there is at lot of nice design details that can bee used in more realistic project.

  • RAFI January 30, 2009 at 06:00 AMLogin to Reply →

    it’s real future architecture ,its time now to need a such a concept
    t because of over population .

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  • maher March 19, 2009 at 13:12 PMLogin to Reply →

    graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate
    very beatuful

  • Philbert April 17, 2009 at 17:55 PMLogin to Reply →

    Its a very beautiful design, but lets first figure out
    a way to stop over populating land, before we start on the
    oceans.

  • vitruvi May 20, 2009 at 05:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    it’s a good idea and very beautiful,it can be also a freeland for people
    people who want to take a distance from this actual society.
    it can be a revolution about the concept of country.
    i like it, good job

  • picolee May 23, 2009 at 17:17 PMLogin to Reply →

    beautiful (seductive!) … but unfortunately a rip-off of another project
    http://www.big.dk/projects/mer/mer.html

  • malulu June 10, 2009 at 10:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    we have made the worse influence in the land,we mustn’t break the peace of the ocean.if we do that,break is ineluctable to do.any lows can stop us.

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  • lupita May 11, 2010 at 20:46 PMLogin to Reply →

    i wanna live in the kind of futuristic city will be nice that you have a nice house like that with living with your husband and kids and it is cool.

  • Logic? July 31, 2010 at 02:24 AMLogin to Reply →

    Maybe we will all just move inland to the unpopulated areas of the earth

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  • Alec Jackson February 17, 2011 at 16:14 PMLogin to Reply →

    These things look great. BUT do you really think that land will become any less valuable if the sea levels rise. The lilypad projects are more likely to become ghettos for we poor people who can’t get enough money to buy homes on terra firma. Human nature is such that a rich person will do anything to keep what he has than to make life better for those about him and the rest of us will have to fight just to keep the little we have.

  • John June 20, 2011 at 15:26 PMLogin to Reply →

    Moonbat Tech: Floating Ecopolis:

    http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/06/moonbat-tech-fl-1.html

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  • Dave March 15, 2013 at 16:33 PMLogin to Reply →

    “…this ecotectural marvel that could serve as a luxurious future retreat for 50,000 inhabitants seeking refuge from rising waters due to global warming.”

    If you’re rich, you’ll survive. If you’re poor, you’ll drown.No big surprise there.