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French Polynesia signs 'floating city' deal

Posted on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

A concept image of what has been dubbed Artisanopolis. Image Credit: The Seasteading Institute
The world's first ever floating city could soon begin construction off the French Polynesian coast.
The idea of creating an independent, politically autonomous nation that exists entirely on the ocean has been around for years, but to date the concept has simply proven too technologically, financially and politically challenging to put in to practice.

Now though, following years of speculation, it looks as though the idea of building a floating city might actually be set to become a reality after all.

The Seasteading Institute - a US company that has been researching the concept for the last five years, has struck a deal with the French Polynesian government to host the ambitious project.
According to executive director Randolph Hencken, finding a host nation represents a significant milestone that could could enable construction of the floating city to begin as early as 2019.

Ultimately the firm is hoping that the city will one day be able to enjoy complete political autonomy and could eventually lead to a whole series of independent floating nations.

"The first islands are going to be a pilot project and there will just be many dozens [of people] to get started with and then... we grow and are more successful, we will hopefully see hundreds and thousands of people living there," said Hencksen.

"What excites me about the project is a location where people are going to create a community based on interests on floating islands rather than have a community because they happen to be born there and this is their ethnicity."

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Tags: Floating City, French Polynesia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Grey on 17 January, 2017, 17:16
They could connect to "Garbage Island" and enjoy having the feel and smell of a real city while floating out in the big blue..
Comment icon #2 Posted by highdesert50 on 17 January, 2017, 22:25
An interesting model ... could this provide insight into metrics that aid in future planetary colonization.
Comment icon #3 Posted by CloudSix on 18 January, 2017, 10:48
Hmm, in the article it says that the pilot one will be built in waters governed by French Polynesia, but they hope for others to be in international waters. If they're going for political autonomy, I reckon' it's a chance for me to be a president!    
Comment icon #4 Posted by LucidElement on 18 January, 2017, 14:38
hurricane/typhoon/tsunami... you name it.. ADIOS floating city lol.
Comment icon #5 Posted by brlesq1 on 19 January, 2017, 7:52
My thoughts exactly. Though it sounds pretty cool.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Vox on 19 January, 2017, 10:20
Still got nothin' on Rapture!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Chortle on 20 January, 2017, 19:08
Reminds me of herberts pandora sequence. Exciting concept hope it gets the go ahead.
Comment icon #8 Posted by oneshot_me on 20 January, 2017, 20:32
Yeah I don't see this happening! Even ifit starts once the first big storm rolls through it'll be done
Comment icon #9 Posted by bmk1245 on 20 January, 2017, 21:22
Nope. Depends on the size/depth/where. Might manage hurricane/typhoon/tsunami way better than many other coast cities. 

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