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MarloStanfield 03-10-2009 01:38 PM

City Floating on the Sea
 
"(CNN) -- A floating city off the coast of San Francisco may sound like science fiction, but it could be reality in the not-too-distant future.


The Seasteading Institute has drawn up plans for a floating city off the coast of San Francisco.

The Seasteading Institute already has drawn up plans for the construction of a homestead on the Pacific Ocean.

One project engineer described the prototype as similar to a cruise ship, but from a distance the cities might look like oil-drilling platforms.

According to the plans, the floating cities would not only look different from their land-based counterparts, but they might operate differently, too.

Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer who now works for the Seasteading Institute, said floating cities are the perfect places to experiment with new forms of government.

Some of the new political ideas the group is tossing around include legalizing marijuana and making intellectual property communal -- so that everyone would take ownership in art produced on the city at sea.

"The idea isn't just about getting away from rules or getting rid of rules. It's about a system that encourages experimentation with different political systems," he said.

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Friedman said the floating city may be built in modular pieces so that city blocks and neighborhoods can be recombined to create new urban layouts.

The idea of building cities on the sea is not new, he said, but the Seasteading Institute has come closer to realizing the goal than others.

"A lot of people over the past hundred plus years have had this idea and even specifically building cities on the ocean to try out new forms of government," he said. "But they've pretty much been totally imagined and if they did try, they totally failed."

There are several unknowns about future attempts to create floating cities, said Christian Cermelli, an engineer and architect with Marine Innovation and Technology, based in San Francisco.

Cermelli, who is part of a team of designers creating a blueprint for the first seastead, said it's unclear if construction is possible -- or what it would cost.

Still, a prototype for the idea may be finished in as little as three years, he said.

Friedman said seasteads are loosely based on oil rigs, but with important modifications.

"We care more about sunlight and open space, so the specifications are different," he said. "Also, oil platforms are fixed in place. We think it's important to have more modular cities. So you would build a city out of buildings that can actually be separated and rearranged."

Cermelli said the ocean cities may use technology from suspension bridges "to expand the space at sea and basically get a roomier platform."

Friedman says the idea of seasteading has met a range of reactions.

"Some people think we're crazy. A lot of people think we're crazy," he said. "Some people think terrible things could happen, others think it would be great."

About 600 people have joined the Seasteading Institute.

Some of them, like Gayle Young, say the idea is exciting partly because it's so different.

"I love the idea because it's audacious. It's big," she said. "It's about pushing frontiers."


What happens if the sea level rises? I'm sure a lot of yuppies are lining up to live on an oil drilling platform.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/03/09/f...ing/index.html

HisAirness 03-10-2009 02:42 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
That's neat.

But an underwater city is what I want to see.

InspiredLebowski 03-10-2009 02:44 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Sealand's about 40 years ahead of em.

OlDeRaDo_64 03-10-2009 02:52 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
I would soooooo go out to sea and live on one of these things! Dont like the idea of experimenting much, dont wanna be no guinea pig for some big experiment.

MarloStanfield 03-10-2009 02:57 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OlDeRaDo_64
I would soooooo go out to sea and live on one of these things! Dont like the idea of experimenting much, dont wanna be no guinea pig for some big experiment.

Ha I don't think they are going to be build in the middle of the ocean, think of a big dock that is reinforced.

mrpuente 03-10-2009 03:04 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HisAirness
That's neat.

But an underwater city is what I want to see.

fuck yeh!

Smokee 03-10-2009 03:21 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
It might work if there weren't so many hurricanes and natural disasters that completely wreck anything in the ocean. If it were underwater then maybe...

halffttime 03-10-2009 03:30 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
an undersea city would be sick.. like a tourist destination, one of those futuristic shit you seen in those movies.. a big dome surrounding a city

catzhernandez 03-10-2009 03:38 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Yay!

step_back 03-10-2009 04:23 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HisAirness
That's neat.

But an underwater city is what I want to see.




something like this but without the Anarchy:confusedshrug:

HisAirness 03-10-2009 04:40 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by step_back


something like this but without the Anarchy:confusedshrug:


Precisely.

Darius07 03-10-2009 04:53 PM

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Nahh this is what i want

Mathius 03-10-2009 08:04 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
I don't understand the point of making them floating. The whole modular city idea sounds universally stupid. You don't like your city, so you can just float your house to another one? What happens if you're land locked? Everyone has to stop what they're doing to let your floating house out?

Mathius

crounsa810 03-10-2009 08:30 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
Why don't they just wait until the big earthquake? Then they'll have an easy make floating city

DirtBag 03-10-2009 08:47 PM

Re: City Floating on the Sea
 
will there be some sort of protection against tidal waves and tsunami's? I'd do it but only if there is some sort of defense system. Also it kind of sounds like they want a lot of the hippie pot smokers out there so they can claim an "accident" happened and be rid of them all.


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