A Survey of Futuristic Floating Cities

Peter Drucker, one of the greatest business thinkers of our time and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, predicted that “aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st century.”

Floating cities might seem like something straight out of the science fiction book you picked up at the airport on a whim and couldn’t finish, but the concept may just save our world’s coastal dwelling, climate-affected souls. Because rising sea levels and extreme weather have become more common than not, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most interesting water-based design ideas out there. From an elegant urban solution mimicking lily pads that houses 50,000 people to a wetropolis that naturally filters its own water supply, click through to check out innovative urban design for a more sustainable future.

Lilypad Amphibious City by Vincent Callebaut

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Floating cities mimicking nature’s most beautiful amphibious plant — the lily pad — can house up to 50,000 people, which as Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut states, “could be people that have lost their home in a traditional city through a natural disaster.” The cities have zero emissions and process carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using energy from the sun, wind, and tidal waves.