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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 ).

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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.

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31 responses to “Future Architecture : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees” - Add yours!

  1. JustMe said:
    June 11, 2008

    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.

  2. Yawza said:
    June 11, 2008

    Wow, wonder where the first one will be located

  3. Amysealing said:
    June 12, 2008

    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

  4. Ajskreem said:
    June 12, 2008

    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.

  5. Jim said:
    June 12, 2008

    How Steep are those hills!

  6. June 12, 2008

    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.

  7. June 12, 2008

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

  8. barbara said:
    June 12, 2008

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

  9. mel said:
    June 12, 2008

    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

  10. Locksmith said:
    June 12, 2008

    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”????

  11. José said:
    June 13, 2008

    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 ?

  12. Mitoman said:
    June 13, 2008

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

  13. mermer said:
    June 13, 2008

    thanks.

  14. Steve said:
    June 13, 2008

    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.

  15. GD23 said:
    June 16, 2008

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

  16. zinc said:
    June 19, 2008

    great…

  17. dedroidify said:
    June 20, 2008

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

  18. Ivan said:
    June 29, 2008

    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

  19. chris said:
    August 2, 2008

    cool! i’d live there.

  20. Brian said:
    January 26, 2009

    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.

  21. RAFI said:
    January 30, 2009

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

  22. maher said:
    March 19, 2009

    graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate
    very beatuful

  23. Philbert said:
    April 17, 2009

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

  24. vitruvi said:
    May 20, 2009

    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

  25. picolee said:
    May 23, 2009

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

  26. malulu said:
    June 10, 2009

    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.

  27. lupita said:
    May 11, 2010

    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.

  28. Logic? said:
    July 31, 2010

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

  29. Alec Jackson said:
    February 17, 2011

    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.

  30. John said:
    June 20, 2011
  31. Dave said:
    March 15, 2013

    “…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.

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