Rising tides, climate change and droughts, food shortages, and zombie infestations — the apocalypse is definitely near. Or something like that. The last place we want to be when doom ravishes our cities is in our cities. Luckily for us, The Seasteading Institute has been working away for the last six years to give us an alternative solution: floating cities.
Zombies can’t swim and ships are safe zones away from the impending chaos, rising and falling with the waters. The solution to our world troubles is, thus, to move out to sea and govern ourselves. At least that’s what some guys with ridiculous amounts of money and dreams of getting away from it all plan on doing, collecting their rich buddies and developing a mini-utopia on a floating, independent microcountry.
Image via The Guardian, courtesy of The Seasteading Institute
These proposed floating cities would ultimately create self-sustaining, autonomous mini-nations with their own laws, food, and energy. In essence, take a bunch of Silicon Valley-types and ask them to run a society of a few hundred people. It’s crazy but, clearly, not impossible. We’ve been dreaming of aquatic utopias for a long time but they’re still too outlandish for many people to jump on board. Floating architecture already exists and can be quite useful, but to ask an entire society to abandon ship and take to the sea is a bit much. The Seasteading Institute is currently looking for pilot countries to allow the floating cities to use their waters but remain completely independent.
Image via SFGate
Besides, doing so is incredibly expensive and do we really want to leave the comforts of our cities, controlled environments, shelters, and the like for a utopia that’s never been achieved before?
And, what about the rest of us, those of us that can’t afford to float off into the sea without looking back? Do we just accept rising tides and climate change as our doom and flee, or is there a middle ground that doesn’t require gazillions of dollars we don’t have? The idea of an alternative world, a different way of living, and a completely different way of governing ourselves is nice, noble even. But, to push so hard for new environments rather than modifying what we already have seems entirely too wasteful of all that we’ve developed, and too wasteful of our brainpower. Floating architecture isn't a bad idea; dismantling an entire society to do so, however, should be carefully weighed and considered. Are we really okay with our beloved places, spaces, and buildings steadily sinking while we sip cocktails on a floating platform?
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