The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation – Dezeen

Posted: July 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

A plan to build self-sufficient floating cities outside of national borders features in thelatest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series.

The Seasteading Institute is a non-profit organisation founded by political economic theorist Patri Friedman and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel.

The organisation aims to build "start-up countries" at sea, known as "seasteads", that offer greater freedom for innovation in science, technology and politics.

According to its website, the institute's goal is to develop "open spaces for experimenting with new societies" in order to "allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for how to live together".

The company claims that building floating cities will offeran alternative to conventional models of governance, with few regulations.

The government of French Polynesia has signed an agreement with The Seasteading Institute to cooperate on the creation of a pilot city in a lagoon near Tahiti.

The test city, entitled the Floating City Project, will act as proof-of-concept for the organisation's plan to build further settlements at sea.

The Seasteading Institute plans to build the city using existing floating architecturetechnology developed by Dutch engineering firm Deltasync.

The city would be built on amodular networkof rectangular andpentagonalplatforms sothat itcould bereconfiguredaccording tothe needs of its inhabitants.

The reinforced concrete platforms will support three-storey buildings includingapartments, offices and hotels for up to 100 years, according to a feasibility report produced by Deltasync.

It is expected thatbetween 250 and 300 people will live aboard the settlement. Development of the city is expected to beginin early 2018.

This movie is part of Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative, a year-long collaboration with MINI exploring how architecture and design can contribute to a brighter urban future through a series of videos and talks.

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