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Stuff.co, 4 February, 2018
A seastead is an idea; a floating community at sea. It is a homestead, just like in the John Wayne movies, but on the water, not the prairie; outside the reach of any government.
WIRED.com, 16 January, 2018
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The Daily Sentinel, 5 January, 2018
The Seasteading Institute has steadily grown in credibility, its vision no longer considered science fiction, especially because there is now an actual prototype being designed. It involves several private companies, architects, scholars, and now the government of French Polynesia The Institute created a company called Blue Frontiers to construct and operate the proposed city, planned for occupation by the end of this decade. Its artist drawings are fascinating, showing a floating island with houses and commercial buildings attached by floating causeways Perhaps the oceans covering 70 percent of the Earth may really be the next frontier.
TABI LABO, 4 January, 2018
In preparation for the tsunami disaster due to typhoons and earthquakes, the Seasteading Institute has selected narrow places with little influence of the open oceanWe can hardly imagine ourselves shifting from the present life to the maritime life, but the research of the Seasteading Institute may be drawing attention as a useful techniquelets continue to focus on the magnificent project for the future.
Progrss, 2 January, 2018
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San Franciscan non-profit, The Seasteading Institute, is working towards building self-sufficient and self-reliable floating cities in an attempt to reverse environmental damage and jumpstart the global economy.
The organizations goal is to maximize entrepreneurial freedom and reverse damage accrued to the environment.
Newshub, 28 December 2017
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The movement is called sea steading, a man-made floating community that sets its own laws and is self-sustaining, and the first one could be built on our Pacific doorstep in French Polynesia.
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Radio New Zealand, 27 December 2017
The creators of a man-made floating island off Tahiti say they want a quarter of its population to be made up of Polynesian people.
`We feel weve convinced the government and a lot of the population theres a real opportunity to work together to improve the lagoon. [Co-founder] Marc Collins said first figures show living there would be affordable and might cost about the same as an apartment in Papeete.
He said Blue Frontiers was still in talks with the French Polynesian government about creating a special regulatory environment for the project which is aimed at attracting investment and talent.
INHABITAT, 27 December 2017
Inhabitat spoke with architect Simon Nummy and Blue Frontiers co-founder Joe Quirk to hear more about the vision for the worlds first floating city.
`Each building strives for energy independence and the architecture results from this;energy efficiencyandpassivestrategies are vital, Nummy told Inhabitat. `Polynesian architecture is primarily about the roof and we have tried to interpret this in a contemporary, sensitive way that both reflects local precedents whileharvesting rainwaterand discretely maximizing the opportunities for photovoltaics andvertical axis wind turbines.’
Straits Times, 24 December 2017
With seasteading, we can put tens of thousands or perhaps millions of people on platforms in our lifetime. With the Mars plan, the reality of many people going in our lifetime is slim. Its cool to colonise the solar system, but theres an atmosphere on earth and we can live here. Oceans are the only place were not really living. We should own our own planet first, and it will be much cheaper. How many billions or trillions of dollars would it take to put dozens, not to mention thousands, of people on Mars? posed Randolph Hencken, the executive director of the Seasteading Institute.
Newsmax TV, 22 December, 2017
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My imagination is definitely excited, saysNewsmax host Bill Tucker. This is fascinating. Basically what youre talking about is a free market of government. Dont like this one? Go move to another place. Joe, good luck, really and truly, with the venture. It sounds tremendously exciting.
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Imagine a handful of artificial islands forming an arc of a circle, with houses with raised roofs, offices, laboratories, trade, underwater restaurant and artificial beaches This maritime city, politically autonomous, does not depend on any government!
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La Dpche de Tahiti, 21 December 2017
The initial project of the floating islands of 7,500 square meters on the water could triple in sizemore than 2,000 jobs could be created [by 2030].Blue Frontiers offers a strict environmental impact control framework
France TV Info, 21 December, 2017
These are young people who believe that we have a better tomorrow, says Marc Collins, ambassador to The Seasteading Institute and Managing Director of Blue Frontiers.
CNN Tech, 20 December, 2017
This is a huge score for mainstream acceptance of seasteading.
The US-based Seasteading Institute intends to build a Floating Island Project off the coast of Tahiti. It would consist of cities built on modular platforms. The project could be proof-of-concept for future politically autonomous countries built on water.
DailyMail, 18 December 2017
The structures will feature green roofs covered with vegetation and construction will use local bamboo, coconut fibre, and recycled metal and plasticthe project will still need to be approved by the local government, and possibly France, which holds the territory.
The Sun, 18 December 2017
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`If we can be behind a reef break, then we can design floating platforms that are sufficient for those waters at an affordable cost. We dont have to start from scratch as this is a pilot project. They also have very stable institutions so were able to work with a government that wants us there, that we have respect for and they have respect for us.
Randolph [Hencken] added that he was confident the project could benefit the French Polynesias economy and draw in a fresh wave of tourism.
O Globo, 18, December, 2017
The consortium believes that by 2050 the Pacific is home to thousands of new city-states.
Fault Lines, 18 December 2017
Business Insider, 17 December 2017
52-insights, 16 December 2017
A highly eccentric ideafrom the fringes of Silicon ValleyWe talk to American author Joe Quirk.
Novinky, 14 December 2017
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A place on the shores of French Polynesia has already been visited by architects and engineers The floating town of Polynesia is also set to operate in a Special Economic Zone where it is possible to test the ideas of Quirk and his colleagues.The authors of the project want to have their research institute and also a power plant capable of delivering and selling clean energy.
Mundo, 10 December 2017
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The Economist (German), 8, December 2017
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iNews, 8 December 2017
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Floating cities may sound like science fiction, but if Blue Frontiers has its way, about 250 people will be living on about 15 artificial islands in the lagoon by 2020. By 2030, the company hopes to have installed a total of 45 islands and its effort to extend the concept of civilisation into something it likes to call sea-vilisation will be well underway.
Blue Frontiers is the commercial wing of the Seasteading Institute, an organisation committed to building floating startup societies that offer innovative governance models. In Tahiti it will attempt to achieve both aims by locating its islands in a newly created special economic zone that offers latitude to experiment with new ways of running a community.
Science and Future, 31 November 2017
Great French Press!
The aim of the project is multiple, to the point where we no longer know where to turn our heads: it would be an opportunity to test different modes of governance, to experiment with sustainable technologies (desalination, renewable energies, floating food production), but also constitute scientific marine stations. Or even serve as liferafts for coastal populations displaced by sea level rise.
Tahiti-Infos, 30 November 2017
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The floating island project sponsored by the Californian Seasteading Institute is starting to take shape The Polynesian manager of the structure, Marc Collins, confirms to us that [Blue Frontiers] will be on time to respect its commitments towards the Country, with a publication of the environmental and socio-economic impact studies of their artificial island before the end of the year.
Latina Geeks, 30 November 2017
ICOs to WatchBlue Frontiersis the for-profit arm of theSeasteading Institute, a non-profit that is exploring the concept of building floating societies on man-made islands that will act as self-governing organizations of startups, research labs, and homes.
Blue Frontiers has signed an MOU with French Polynesia (Tahiti) to build a floating island in the protected waters of a Tahitian lagoon, which will be the first of these startup society ecosystems. The Tahitians are on the front lines of climate change, as it is predicted that a third of the Tahitian Islands will be underwater by 2100. As a people, Tahitians are aware of their need to find options to keep their cultural traditions and people alive beyond climate change impact. Tahitians also consider themselves the original Seasteaders as they have been sailing and living at sea their entire history.
With seasteading as a viable option in the coming decades, we can look beyond the frustration of modern political systems. Peacefully exploring alternative methods of governance for the betterment of humanity is worthy of pursuit.
~ Randy Hencken, Cofounder Blue-Frontiers
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