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South Korea: The World’s First Floating City to be Completed by 2025



The world’s first floating city, which will be built off the coast of South Korea, is reported to be completed as early as 2025.

South Korea: The World First Floating City to be Completed by 2025

South Korea: The World’s First Floating City to be Completed by 2025

Earthnews learnt that the United Nations backed latest development. The said city will be made off the coast of Busan to tackle the problem of rising sea levels. According to the project leaders, it will be a ‘flood-proof infrastructure’ comprising several man-made islands that will aim to eliminate the risk of flooding by rising with the sea.

The self-sufficient city, which is a joint effort by OCEANIX and the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habit), will generate its own electricity from solar panels, produce its own food and fresh water, and also ferry tourists and inhabitants between the islands on specially made boats, according to a Mail Online report.

Likewise, local reports claimed that the city will be spread over 75 hectares and will accommodate 10,000 residents. The neighbourhoods will be grouped in clusters of six around a protected central harbour. This means each village could have up to 1,650 residents.

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They will specifically design the city to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and Category 5 hurricanes.

Additionally, the city will be designed in such a way that it will grow, transform and adapt organically over the course of time.

Busan Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea, UN-Habitat, and New York designers – OCEANIX have already signed the ‘historic agreement’. Construction, which has been estimated to cost $200 million, will commence soon.

Itai Madamombe, co-founder of OCEANIX, told Business Insider, “It just happened that Busan is the best place for us to deploy this prototype. But this is something that we hope will be useful to all coastal cities around the world, and all coastal communities who are facing the challenge of sea-level rise,”

OCEANIX will collaborate with local designers to cater to the needs of the local area. The results of the work will be presented to a UN roundtable in April, held reports.

“We look forward to developing climate adaptation and nature-based solutions through the floating city concept, and Busan is the ideal choice to deploy the prototype,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN-Habitat.

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