Lilypad, a prototype of auto-sufficient amphibious city

published in: Architecture By Yatzer, 26 June 2008

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LILYPAD, A FLOATING ECOPOLIS FOR CLIMATICAL REFUGEES 2100, a large crowd of ecological refugees

   Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate warms up and the ocean level increases. According to the principle of Archimedes and contrary to preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. It deals with the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other hand. Another reason of the ocean rising, that does not have anything to do with the ice melting is the water dilatation under the effect of the temperature.

   According to the less alarming forecasts of the GIEC (Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the climate), the ocean level should rise from 20 to 90 cm during the 21st Century with a status quo by 50 cm (versus 10 cm in the 20th Century). The international scientific scene assets that a temperature elevation of 1°C will lead to a water rising of 1 meter. This increase of 1 m would bring ground losses emerged of approximately 0.05% in Uruguay, 1% in Egypt, 6% in the Netherlands, 17.5% in Bangladesh and up to 80% approximately in the atoll Majuro in Oceania (Marshall and Kiribati islands and step by step the Maldives islands).

   If the first meter is not very funny with more than 50 million of people affected in the developing countries, the situation is worse with the second one. Countries like Vietnam, Egypt, Bangladesh, Guyana or Bahamas will see their most inhabited places swamped at each flood and their most fertile fields devastated by the invasion of salt water damaging the local ecosystems. New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Hô Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Miami, Lagos, Abidjan, Djakarta, Alexandria… not les that 250 million of climatic refugees and 9% of the GDP threatened if we not build protections related to such a threat. It is the demonstration inflicted to reluctant spirits by a climatological study of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and that challenges our imagination of eco-conception!

   The water rising being not written in the agenda of the Grenelle agreements on environment in France, it is primordial in terms of environmental crisis and climatic exodus to pass from now on from a strategy of reaction in emergency to a strategy of a adaptation and long-lasting anticipation. It is surprising, whereas some islands prepare their disappearing to see that the management of the rising of the ocean level does not seem to worry the governments beyond measure. More surprising to see that the populations of the developed countries continue to rush on the littoral to build districts over there; houses and buildings dedicated to a certain flood

Aerial views of the maldivian atolls

The main deck with three marinas, the submarine performing arts center and the gardens of phytopurification

Lilypad, a prototype of auto-sufficient amphibious city

   Whereas the Netherlands and the United Arabic Emirates « fatten » their beach with billion of euros to build their short-living polders and their protective dams for a decade, the project «Lilypad» deals with a tenable solution to the water rising! Actually, facing the worldwide ecological crisis, this floating Ecopolis has the double objective not only to widen sustainabely in offshore the territories of the most developed countries such as the Monaco principality but above all to grant the housing of future climatic refugees of he next submerged ultra-marine territories such as the Polynesian atolls. New biotechnological prototype of ecologic resilience dedicated to the nomadism and the urban ecology in the sea, Lilypad travels on the water line of the oceans, from the equator to the poles following the marine streams warm ascending of the Gulf Stream or cold descending of the Labrador.

   It is a true amphibian half aquatic and half terrestrial city, able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and inviting the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora around a central lagoon of soft water collecting and purifying the rain waters. This artificial lagoon is entirely immersed ballasting thus the city. It enables to live in the heart of the subaquatic depths. The multifunctional programming is based on three marinas and three mountains dedicated respectively to the work, the shops and the entertainments. The whole set is covered by a stratum of planted housing in suspended gardens and crossed by a network of streets and alleyways with organic outline. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of the couple Human / Nature and to explore new modes of living the sea by building with fluidity collective spaces in proximity, overwhelming spaces of social inclusion suitable to the meeting of all the inhabitants – denizen or foreign-born, recent or old, young or aged people.

   The floating structure in « branches » of the Ecopolis is directly inspired of the highly ribbed leave of the great lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia increased 250 times. Coming from the family of Nympheas, this aquatic plant with exceptional plasticity was discovered by the German botanist Thaddeaus Haenke and dedicated to the Queen Victoria of England in the 19th Century. The double skin is made of polyester fibres covered by a layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) like an anatase which by reacting to the ultraviolet rays enable to absorb the atmospheric pollution by photocatalytic effect. Entirely autosufficient, Lilypad takes up the four main challenges launched by the OECD in March 2008: climate, biodiversity, water and health. It reached a positive energetic balance with zero carbone emission by the integration of all the renewable energies (solar, thermal and photovoltaic energies, wind energy, hydraulic, tidal power station, osmotic energies, phytopurification, biomass) producing thus durably more energy that it consumes! True biotope entirely recyclable, this floating Ecopolis tends thus towards the positive eco-accountancy of the building in the oceanic ecosystems by producing and softening itself the oxygen and the electricity, by recycling the CO2 and the waste, by purifying and softening biologically the used waters and by integrating ecological niches, aquaculture fields and biotic corridors on and under its body to meet its own food needs.

   To reply to the mutation of the migratory flows coming from the hydroclimatic factors, Lilypad join thus on the mode of anticipation particular to the Jules Verne’s literature, the alternative possibility of a multicultural floating Ecopolis whose metabolism would be in perfect symbiosis with the cycles of the nature. It will be one of the major challenges of the 21st Century to create an international convention inventing new special means to accommodate the environmental migrants by recognizing their rights and obligations. Political and social challenge, the urban sustainable development must more than ever enter in resonance worldly with the human sustainable development!


The three mountains are ecological niches, aquaculture fields and  biologic corridors

The floating structure in "branches" of the Ecopolis inspired of the highly ribbed leave of the giant lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia

Entirely autosufficient, Lilypad takes up the four main challenges launched by the OECD in March 2008 : climate. biodiversity, water and health

Aerial view of the Principality of Monaco

Night view of the Lilypads from Monte-Carlo

 


Vincent Callebaut Architectures
119, rue Manin (bâtiment D)
75019 Paris
France

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures , Peris Corner , Pixelab

  • friend
    eoin mccooey | 2008-11-17 04:23:16

    That is amazing! i am a student studying architectural technology in ireland, and would highly enjoy any other information on this project or others of its kind. Much appreciated Eoin McCooey

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    Clubit.tv | 2008-11-18 00:35:57

    They look amazing, I would love to see them created, they are very very amazing

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    Simon | 2008-11-18 04:03:42

    Has anyone said they're amazing? Well, they are... and they're also unbelievable, uncosted and unproven. How much do they cost? I want ten.

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    Jimguru | 2008-11-18 09:48:49

    'shopped

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    Tiemen | 2008-11-18 17:15:20

    Are they (practically) able to work like the idea? In other words, is it really possible to create a city with enough production made by itself without overproducing and having waste to drop? Anyway, they look really awesome!

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    anyone | 2008-11-18 17:19:19

    i think that amazing too. but, has anyone thought about the garbage problem.

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    airenn | 2008-11-18 17:23:21

    ...and what happens if they sink?

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    Anon | 2008-11-18 22:06:18

    Of course it's "'shopped".. it's not real. lol But yea, this is incredible.. I wonder if something like this will be built in my lifetime.

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    joe | 2008-11-18 22:32:07

    Why, yes. It is 'shopped. Due to the fact that they're NOT PLANNED UNTIL 2100!!! Duh!!! But may i just say, i think it's possibly the most beautiful i have ever seen, and I WANT ONE! Well, no, i'd get lonely, i wanna live on one, but you know ;)

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    Shawn Sakura | 2008-11-19 00:20:01

    genius...and with water able to flow through instead of only over, it seems less likely to crush under the massive weight of the water and also might not sway as far due to the displacement....and....with the raised structures it seems the amount of air will help the entire structure to resurface much more quickly and evenly.

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    andre | 2008-11-19 01:14:52

    And what if there is storm?

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    redkidone | 2008-11-19 04:23:01

    this is beautiful work! I had a dream about a place exactly like this once, it'd be amazing to see it come into existance - no matter what the factors of it's necessity. I do have a thought, however. Is the structure modifiable as the onboard community develops? Humanity thrives on creation and modifying it's environs, it would suffocate if it couldn't change the environment to reflect it's values. Also, a modifiable structure would also encourage the architecture, engineering and construction industries to continue.

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    waikeane | 2008-11-19 05:21:31

    looks like pure animation, you know, without design.

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    mac | 2008-11-19 05:56:19

    very interesting project idea here, i was wondering what kinda scale that would rack up to, size and space wise compared to an aircraft carrier. i see the buildings in the photos but i cant really get an idea of how big it would be, but hey, if we can build aircraft carriers, we should be able to build this.

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    matt | 2008-11-19 07:01:35

    wow... there is still a few things that make this impractical, like a tidal wave, or hurricane.

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    Hannah | 2008-11-19 08:37:19

    To Eoin and anyone else wanting to follow the real thing... Glasgow is planning a smaller scale lily pad system in its river. The city has approved a trial run in conjunction with its science centre. http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/12/solar-lily-pads-planned-for-glasgows-clyde-river/

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    andrea | 2008-11-19 22:13:48

    Kevin Costner would have a field day on it.

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    gas cards | 2008-11-20 00:37:34

    Beautiful artwork ....and the fact that it is eco friendly!

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    abor edman | 2008-11-20 01:16:33

    I hope that thing has torpedos..

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    Jack Hakim | 2008-11-20 06:28:22

    Beautiful structure. what are the forms of subsistence for the people on the lily pad. Job opportunities. is it powered by hydro-electricity as well as solor panels?

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    health insurance | 2008-11-20 08:47:27

    beautiful architecture, what is holding them down?

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    CRIS | 2008-11-20 19:20:24

    THIS IS SHIT.... NO ARCHITECTURE AT ALL.............

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    May | 2008-11-20 21:17:41

    Absolutely amazing! I would love to see the architectural design - both inside and out - of these lilypads. As for staying on it long term? Count me out!

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    May | 2008-11-20 21:18:48

    Absolutely amazing! I would love to see the architectural design - both inside and outside - of these lily pads. As for staying long term? Count me out!

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    manuel | 2008-11-20 22:47:49

    why are we always trying to buld things that would change the perfection of the world??

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    Ecologos | 2008-11-20 23:24:01

    But where in this whole bequtiful utopia do the wildlife fit in? If we are to attempt to create our own ecosystem, the living breathing heterotrophs must be considered, other than humans and their pets.

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    crackgerbal | 2008-11-20 23:32:26

    Good idea. Seems like there is a need to anchor this thing in a semi permanent location because I dont see any steering or maneuvering mechanisms. People wouldn't want it flipping in a heavy storm. It would also need its one desalinization plant, and waste water treatment system. My first impression is that this thing is beautiful behemoth. As far as sustainability goes, what materials will this be constructed from? From all the windows, it looks like it will need a lot of thick acrylic and steel framing. the framing rusts with time, and acrylic for fish tanks is known for scratching too easily to the point that it destroys the view. I would recommend wind power for this structure with its height. Solar is not cost effective. There are also many developing energy generators from tidal motion. If people are going to use this thing, what will they do once aboard? with 50,000 this could be a large city. anyways great idea, but it needs some kinks worked out before full development.

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    Chris | 2008-11-21 00:04:26

    Yeah, very pretty. However ...   Several aspects of this idea, imaginative as it is, are totally unrealistic: 1. I doubt if one of these things would be anchored even "within sight of" shore, much less "right off the beach". For one thing, the height above water means that there will be a deep draft, and they'll need a lot of water to float in, which means they won't be near shore in any case. For another thing, in order to be securely anchored to a permanent location the multiple anchors will need plenty of "scope" in the anchor lines, meaning the anchor cables can't be 'taut', and there will need to be some room for minor 'drift' in order for the anchors to work.   2. Anchoring these things in any case will be a daunting task, as the surface area they present above the water line (windage) means they will be very susceptible to storm damage and forces. There must be redundancy built upon redundancy in terms of hull strength, flotation chambers in case of hull rupture. And since nothing is "unsinkable", there have to be lifeboat capability and drills for all residents and visitors. For this reason most placements would be between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn; even in a warming world, winters in temperate climates on the open sea are deadly.   3. Government in terms of navigation, placement, anchoring, structural integrity, orientation to weather, etc. will NOT be by democracy. A dictator in the form of a "Captain" will be a must, with a totally obedient crew having complete authority over most aspects of life on board. This will be difficult for many of the starry-eyed to adapt to. On a ship, the Captain's word is law.   4. Some of the architectural features drawn here for eye appeal will not make the design cut. Hull openings for windows below? Forget them! Expansive 'sea view' windows above the water line? Highly unlikely.   5. Forget about welfare on these babies; anyone living on these things will be paying (dearly) or producing for the privilege. If you want an idea of what shipboard life might be like read Robert A. Heinlein's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress". Although these aren't quite like "the Moon", the parallels are close enough.   6. I'm not seeing any 'port and docking' or 'airport' capability on these, which will certainly be a desired feature. There will have to be trade with other lilies and / or the mainland in order to make the things truly sustainable. Large scale airports and suitably large docks for freighters and passenger liners are going to require size and facilities not shown here.   None of this is to say that "it can't be done" or "we'll never try that". It's a very imaginative and clever concept. But I don't see us building any of these as anything other than a demonstration or test within the next hundred years. This will be an engineering accomplishment much MUCH greater than going to the Moon. Recall that those launches involved no more than three people at a time. When dealing with "the public", there's a lot more fail-safe engineering and design work needed. We're nowhere near there yet.

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    nick | 2008-11-21 03:54:46

    Absolutely amazing. Hopefully they actually build something like this

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    el dude-erino | 2008-11-21 15:58:32

    what sorta scale are these things gunna be built on? i just cant understand where all the space is in those pictures some of the buildings on the shore are almost as big as the lilypad. where do all the people live? its barely going to replace a town of 2000 let alone a city

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    mattress | 2008-11-21 18:46:57

    Absolutely breath-taking!! Not so sure if I would relocate to one of these but they are certainly pretty to look at.

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    Jorge | 2008-11-22 07:03:55

    Phenomenal dream!!!!!! Call whomever the city planner is for Dubai and make this happen.

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    ErikJ | 2008-11-22 20:16:04

    I like the pictures it is were I live in the Maldives Its a great idea just put it within a small boat trip to a good surf break and I will live there.

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    mi | 2008-11-22 21:58:50

    Futuro

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    jeff | 2008-11-23 14:36:09

    It's not those who scoff and insult who get things done, it's the dreamers. Feel free to live in your 'can't do' world. Just don't be hypocritical to demand a seat on the ark when it's built. Sheesh.

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    Sebastian | 2008-11-23 18:05:08

    What if it gets caught in 50-foot seas? How could it take wind and waves? Otherwise, beautiful design and great idea.

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    Ben | 2008-11-23 22:20:52

    This is very pretty, but beyond a picture would be both socially and economically unfeasible.

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    Kris | 2008-11-24 05:59:40

    checking out the dark web and found this interesting concept for eco-living future.

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    Tony | 2008-11-24 10:16:02

    it would have been a nice project - I don't think it would happen due to the current credit crisis

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    iamtherealholly | 2008-11-24 20:37:24

    i think it looks pretty cool.....

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    rakesh | 2008-11-24 23:10:29

    this is nice but i think it is not possible

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    Ken | 2008-11-26 12:23:40

    Very striking. The design and concepts revisit the work of Paolo Soleri's "City in the image of man" ideas of the '60's. I question practicality in extreme weather conditions: Cat 5 hurricanes or tsunami stability and survivability.

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    texasimex | 2008-11-28 02:58:11

    The feature that makes it very futuristic is the vegetation hills on the lily pad surface. Beyond that much of the design, including issues of anchorage, may not be very complicated or beyond reach of existing technology. But it is the capability for dreaming about things that can be done that makes human race different from other species.

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    JULI | 2008-12-01 18:12:01

    THIS IS REAL IS BEAUTIFUL I JUST TOOK MY BREATH IS SO NICE WE HAVE SO MANY NICE PLACES HERE IN THE WORLD AND WE SOMETIMES DONT APPRECIATE

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    Online hry zdarma | 2008-12-16 15:54:44

    One of the best green home what can i see ...

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    Yuuzaa | 2008-12-18 16:07:54

    Like a water world? it's beautiful!

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    luke | 2008-12-22 14:37:10

    It is absolutely stunning, very good idea for for future living especially with global conditions and sea levels rising, It should definitely be built. and is a great influence on the floating architectural project i am currently doing, but there are allot of questions stated above and many more, the process is obviously not complete as it says its a developing prototype, and there are issues to deal with and Im sure they we be delt with in time,

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    miss piggy | 2008-12-25 15:37:56

    speechless... stunning idea, Brilliant! It can be one of the solutions to save mandkind *well, lil bit too much, who knows? people said Edison is craZy before theY used his lamps, see?* But pretty much to consider beyond aesthetic and green design. I suppose it will possibly built, after A LOOTTT of studies and revises in every related aspects (structural, function, urban planning, energy, Economical, Social impact, government *who afford to built it anyway?* and so so..) in such YEARRRSSSSS of work hard... and finally,,, I think lilypad wont look like that any more... =p

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    Water Damage Restoration | 2009-01-11 20:34:30

    wow, those lilly pads are terriffic. I wonder how they do in deep water for long periods of time. It seems like the REAL Water World!

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    water damage restoration | 2009-02-06 19:28:59

    It would be truly revolutionary to have these floating cities produce enough power to be self sufficient. Who wouldn't want to live in a city that can move to nicer weather or go to interesting events around the world. Kind of like a slow moving cruise ship. Very cool. Thanks.

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    Camshaft | 2009-02-18 08:24:16

    this is a beautiful idea, this could change the way the world works and could make not only my but my children's life exceptionally better. This idea blows my mind I just shit bricks

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    Water Damage Restoration | 2009-04-12 00:54:20

    wow this is look amazing, i hope they will buildit one day.

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    The Fucking Day | 2009-04-25 02:58:20

    It is a really neat concept. I'm not sure they are really practical, but they are neat.

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    Water Damage | 2009-04-27 00:48:12

    its look nice but it will take long time to bulit it if they gone be able to.

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    club penguin | 2009-05-31 09:39:13

    Is it really possible to create a city with enough production made by itself without overproducing and having waste to drop? Anyway, they look really awesome!

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    Weight Loss | 2009-06-19 23:08:32

    I'm really impressed by the amount of thought and imagination that has gone into the design of the lily pads. Although not all features may be plausible and there would be an issue with anchoring, they are bringing new ideas to sustainable communities. Very well done.

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    connecticut divorce mediation | 2009-06-20 01:24:05

    'Lilypad' is an innovative concept that will become more important for refugees who will have to take its shelter if global warming continues to melt ice in Arctic and near by regions. Hope that this idea becomes a global reality so human beings have an alternative home to depend on.

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    joe | 2009-07-19 12:16:07

    Typical humans - we focus energy on cool gadgets and ignore the fact that we can easily stop destroying the earth if so choose. Instead our greed for consumption overwhelms us, and we continue to destroy and kill everything in our path; the rainforests, the polar caps themselves. The solution, in a typically misguided format, is presented here as 'floating cities', not 'stop messing everything up'... The sad truth is that if the sea levels rise enough to need floating cities, our ecology will be so far gone that it is likely to affect all aspects of life, the world over. floating cities, a band-aid to stupidity, not a solution.

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    Earn Money Online | 2009-07-29 04:57:03

    This is really some awesome advice. Keep it up, my colleagues would love this.

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    social bookmarking | 2009-08-21 10:01:23

    That's terrific building. It would be cool if I can stay there. However, I don't think I might never see it real in my life.

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    Make Money Online | 2009-09-01 03:11:57

    Such a cool CITY,wish to be alive to see this.

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    Going Green | 2009-09-05 16:39:30

    Very cool structures.

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    weber grill acccessories | 2009-09-10 21:28:46

    breathtaking!

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    William | 2009-09-14 16:17:33

    Someone needs to smack some sense into the idiot that designed this. The idea is to work WITH the physical environment, Not against it. It landscape terms its called Genuis Loci. It means spirit of the place. What it doesnt mean is to crate fake islands that pollute the extended view, off gas into the sea, and create a potentially dangerous situation for the environment. How are those plants on your fake ass island going to be fertilized. Let me guess. Fertilizer, right? WHere does the run off go? Into the sea maybe. What happens when you have nutrient rich run off a bed of water. Algae blooming maybe? Yay Red Tide. Hey look up pacific garbage swirl online and see what happens to 'sea garbage" This morons idea to poop all over the landscape with his egotistical ideas shows his LACK of Inspiration, vision and sense of harmony. Perhaps this person is a student and needs encouragement and some scars in order refine his ideas. Look to the natural world for your design inspiration. That doesnt mean take one pretty piece and copy it, it means think bigger. Nature didnt intend us to live on floating structures. Thats not how we evolved, what were adapted for. If you build this I will bitch slap you.

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    auto insurance quotes | 2009-09-23 00:37:11

    wow...its look nice but it will take long time to bulit it if they gone be able to.

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    Work At Home Jobs | 2009-09-24 03:04:52

    Those are some really cool pictures you have here.Thanks for sharing them. -Jay

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    Il | 2009-09-24 11:25:31

    what about tzunamis?

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    Baby Cots | 2009-09-27 08:19:52

    Wow, that is some very awesome work!

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    Respectable Reviews | 2009-10-05 15:37:24

    Wow! That is a crazy concept... I would love to walk through one of those lilypads...

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    PS4 | 2009-10-07 13:34:29

    Wow, these concept designs are really cool and beautiful! I hope this idea comes to fruition in the future - I'd love to live on one of these floating cities, or at least visit one. Really interesting idea here!

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    Evening Primrose Oil | 2009-10-07 20:20:17

    Amazing, this design carries a characteristic and it so unique that I have to say it is so cool and nice. Keep it up.

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    Strength training | 2009-10-07 22:19:23

    That look incredible. I can actually see something like this happening you know ...

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    Slimming tips | 2009-10-07 22:22:28

    WOW, those images are incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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    custom flash drives | 2009-10-08 14:25:50

    The images are great , I think we need more such places in future to live

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    Medway MA Real Estate | 2009-10-10 23:20:36

    Wow I just stumbled onto your blog and all I can say is that you have quite an imagination! I am a Realtor and I must say it would be awfully cool to work in a place like you have dreamed up. Best of luck with the continued success of your blog.

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    europe cruise deals | 2009-10-11 01:21:42

    Wow, what an insane concept. I'd love to see a working prototype.

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    Drug Abuse | 2009-10-14 16:39:27

    Whoah! Imagine if this Lilypads are in existence today! I would love to spend a week or so in it - but not permanently.

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    Free Vacation | 2009-10-15 01:07:03

    Great pictures and designs.

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    make money | 2009-10-16 12:16:32

    What a cool concept and those are fantastic images you posted. Thanks!

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    Slimming | 2009-10-18 17:51:05

    Awesome images, really astounding work. But I think this idea of building cities on the sea is something that is out of reach.

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    Herbal slimming pills | 2009-10-18 17:52:36

    Incredible designs!

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    massage dvds | 2009-10-19 18:29:03

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    herbal slimming tea | 2009-10-20 04:09:25

    Those are incredible images! I love this sort of thing, the only problem I can see with this is storms and the sea being so unpredictable!

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    Drug Addiction | 2009-10-20 19:11:14

    Those are just great infrastructures! I wonder how it would be like to live in such futuristic setting... It must be a really awesome experience.

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    ngΓʼn hΓ ng | 2009-10-23 10:50:31

    The city is very cool, i wish come here.

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    Emo | 2009-10-29 20:19:49

    'Lilypad' is an innovative concept that will become more important for refugees who will have to take its shelter if global warming continues to melt ice in Arctic and near by regions. Hope that this idea becomes a global reality so human beings have an alternative home to depend on.

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    Gay.com Promo Code | 2009-10-30 03:24:12

    Made in dubai, this is surely extravagant and pointless.

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    extreme colon cleanser | 2009-11-04 10:21:40

    wow, that's some cool looking ish.

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    Wicker Garden Furniture | 2009-11-07 16:06:09

    It looks cool, but does it really exist? One of the commenters mentioned fertilizer run-off. There's also the problem of powering this concept floating city - do you intend to draw power from the electricity grid? Or will you generate your own power?

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    Drew | 2009-11-11 01:45:46

    The article says there could be 250 million refugees who will need a place to live. These floating cities only hold 50,000 people. There would have to be 5,000 of these floating cities to handle all the refugees. That is an unfathomable amount of resources. The financing alone of a project of that size would put NASA's budget to shame. Not to mention the logistics, and the resources required to produce these things. The raw goods, man hours, and capital investments would be better spent solving the problem that created the rise in sea level rather than building 5000 "band-aids" to cover a wound that really requires stitches. And wasn't the whole problem in the first place that sea levels were rising? How much water displacement is caused by floating an entire city that can hold 50,000 people? Multiply that by 5000 and you'll start to see that this concept would exacerbate the very problem it was designed to solve.

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    Cheap Laptops | 2009-11-29 07:29:57

    Those are some beautiful pics.. but im afraid they can only stay an illustration.. There is no way such a huge object can stay afloat in the open sea.. also i noticed there was no helipad on the island.. there should be a lot of those :)

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    Work From Home | 2009-12-08 19:02:14

    Interesting when you think about it.

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    Amanda | 2009-12-11 00:09:12

    That structure looks amazing!!!!

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    Good idea. It seems that there is a need to anchor this thing in a semi-permanent, because I see no direction or mechanisms of action. People do not want to flip in a severe storm. It would also have their only desalination plant, water and waste treatment system. My first impression is that this is beautiful giant. In terms of sustainability is, what materials are built from this? From every window, it seems that it will take a lot of thick acrylic and steel frames. frame rusts over time, and acrylic fish tanks are known to scratch too easily to the point that it destroys the view. I would recommend wind power for this structure to its height. Solar is not profitable. There are also many developing power generation by the movement of tides. If people are going to use this thing, what will they do once on board? with more than 50,000 this could be a great city. anyway a great idea, but there are some kinks worked before full development.

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    Whoah! Imagine if this Lilypads are in existence today! I would love to spend a week or so in it - but not permanently.

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    Those are some beautiful pics.. but im afraid they can only stay an illustration.. There is no way such a huge object can stay afloat in the open sea.. also i noticed there was no helipad on the island.. there should be a lot of those :)

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    I am not going to be alive to see these wonderful structures as they will not be built until 2100. But of course they may never be built anyway :)

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    Those are some beautiful pics.. but im afraid they can only stay an illustration.. There is no way such a huge object can stay afloat in the open sea.. also i noticed there was no helipad on the island.. there should be a lot of those :)

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    It is absolutely stunning, very good idea for for future living especially with global conditions and sea levels rising, It should definitely be built. and is a great influence on the floating architectural project i am currently doing, but there are allot of questions stated above and many more, the process is obviously not complete as it says its a developing prototype, and there are issues to deal with and Im sure they we be delt with in time,

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    There is no way such a huge object can stay afloat in the open sea.. also i noticed there was no helipad on the island.. there should be a lot of those

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    Good idea. It seems that there is a need to anchor this thing in a semi-permanent, because I see no direction or mechanisms of action. People do not want to flip in a severe storm. It would also have their only desalination plant, water and waste treatment system. My first impression is that this is beautiful giant. In terms of sustainability is, what materials are built from this? From every window, it seems that it will take a lot of thick acrylic and steel frames. frame rusts over time, and acrylic fish tanks are known to scratch too easily to the point that it destroys the view. I would recommend wind power for this structure to its height. Solar is not profitable. There are also many developing power generation by the movement of tides. If people are going to use this thing, what will they do once on board? with more than 50,000 this could be a great city. anyway a great idea, but there are some kinks worked before full development.

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    Very nice concept of a floating city. If it is to be built for the preparation of the increasing sea level or any similar kind of mishap then we should build hundreds of them.

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    they look amazing and would love to be apart of it, being an ecologist i see so many great things that could come of it. However like so many great ideas it is more than likely not going to pass health and safety

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