The Next Big Chinese City Will Float in the Ocean

A prefab city which floats in the ocean could be China's answer to their continually growing population. If only we could get existing cities to be more like them.
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A prefab city which floats in the ocean could be China's answer to their continually growing population. If only we could get existing cities to be more like them.
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China is expecting to have 350 million new urban residents in the next decade, which has the government working on 5 billion meters of new roads for new cities and towns. However, the available urban land space in China is becoming more and more scarce, which means they have to start looking for new options. One such option is to build floating cities in the ocean.

The floating city is being designed by AT Design office and construction firm CCCC is expected to begin development on a pilot scale next year. 

“When the client came to us and talked about this project, I couldn’t believe it was true until I saw their technology,” Anthony Phan, an AT Design Office architect, told Fast Company. 

CCCC is currently working to build a 31-mile long bridge which will connect Hong Kong and Macau. The bridge will be built with the same modules as the proposed floating city, which will include prefab blocks that will be used to create the base of the 10-square kilometer island. This island will have all the same amenities as any other city and, theoretically, residents could spend all their time there.

The new city will also be self-sufficient, using tidal energy for power and hatcheries and farms for food. The plans even include having trash converted into energy, while the island itself will house a factory to produce local goods.

An investment firm in China is currently reviewing designs for the floating city, and they are expected to being testing specific aspects next year.