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Conversations around climate change, rising sea levels and sustainable models have done rounds time and again. Whether top leaders or climate activists all have emphasised the need to shift to sustainable methods of living. In an attempt to bring this idea to life South Korea is coming up with a sustainable city off the coast of the city of Busan.
The project is being backed by United Nations (UN-Habitat) in an agreement with Oceanix. Since Busan is home to one of the world’s busiest ports the local engineers have experience of building along the water and hence the city was narrowed down for the project.
Coastal cities are on the frontlines of climate-related risks. Flooding is forcing millions of climate refugees to leave their homes. We are working with @OceanixCity & the city of Busan, Korea to build the ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ’s first prototype sustainable #FloatingCity— UN-Habitat (@UNHABITAT) November 18, 2021
The floating city will feature hexagonal modules grouped around a central harbour with flood-proof infrastructure, several man-made islands aimed at eliminating the risk of flooding and will be designed to in manner to sustain natural disasters such as tsunamis, floods and Category 5 hurricanes. The city will be spread across an area of over 75 hectares and will be able to accommodate over 1600 residents per village. Additionally, the city will also be a self sustaining one, equipped to generate its own electricity from solar panels, ferry inhabitants on specially-made boats and produce its own food and water.
The first look of the city is expected to be revealed as early as April 2022 and the final look will be ready by 2025. The idea of the city was first proposed in 2019 and was discussed at the UN roundtable discussion in April 2019.
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