Floating City – Shimizu’s Dream

Van Mensvoort
November 11th 2010

This speculative self-sufficient, carbon-negative floating city design by the Japanese Shimizu Coorporation immediately reminded me of the post-apocalyptic science fiction film Water World.

At first sight I couldn't place its glamorous slickness, but then again, lets not forget this is just a rendering. If this structure is ever build, I anticipate it will look a lot rougher than the renderings. More like Water World or Mad Max. Just think of the unanticipated algae plagues and you'll get my drift.

What we are looking at here, I believe, is the maakbaarheid utopia of 20th century modernism in a 21th century rendering sauce. Yet perhaps I am being too rough on Shimizu's Dream, as there is one thing that must be applauded in the proposal. Its quality is not so much its climate neutral character, as much as its independence towards climate change: If the sea level rises, the city just floats along with it.

Hence, rather than fighting or stopping climate change the floating city proposal argues we should build habitats for ourselves that are flexible towards any climate changes that may occur. A wise approach, because after all, change happens.

Via DigiInfo.tv. Thanks Nils Egil Lie.

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