Fabulous floating cities promise freedom

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credit: Gabriel Scheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White

One of the two winners is called Artisanopolis, submitted by Gabriel Scheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White. It is based on floating platforms, rectangles and pentagons 40 meters on a side that link together, all surrounded by a giant breakwater.

Each floating platform can be towed via tugboat from location to location and they can interlock to form sprawling formations over the water’s surface. Ballasts are used to adjust the depth at which the platforms sit in the water and coupling latches lock them together to form larger, cohesive footprints for convenience and stability. Modeled after those found at the seaport of Brighton, England, a large modular wavebreaker surrounds the city to shelter it from rough waters and wind while energy is supplied by renewable means like photovoltaic panel arrays and wave-driven turbines.

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