The world’s first floating city will be constructed off the coast of South Korea by 2025 as part of a project to assist coastal towns affected by rising sea levels, project leaders revealed.
The Republic of Korea’s Busan Metropolitan City, UN-Habitat, and Oceanix announced an agreement to develop the world’s first prototype sustainable floating city.
As a flood-proof infrastructure that rises with the sea, the floating city will be able to provide for itself by using fully integrated zero waste closed-loop technologies that will create its own food, electricity, and freshwater. Following the conclusion of COP26, the partners are attempting to develop ground-breaking solutions for coastal towns endangered by sea-level rise.
Busan is a city in South Korea with a population of 3.4 million people, situated on the southeastern point of the Korean peninsula.
Founded in 2018 by Itai Madamombe and Marc Collins Chen, Oceanix is a blue-tech firm dedicated to designing and constructing floating towns for individuals who want to live sustainably on the ocean. UN-Habitat, Oceanix, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Explorers Club collaborated to present the concept for the world’s first floating city for 10,000 people in April 2019 at a United Nations Roundtable.
“Sustainable floating cities are a tool in our toolbox of climate adaption measures. Rather than battling with water, let us learn to coexist with it. We look forward to developing nature-based solutions through the floating city concept, and Busan is the ideal location to test the concept,” says Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN-Habitat, emphasizing that the battle to achieve sustainable development goals will be won or lost in cities.