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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Aug 8 11:08 AM

August 8, 2012 - Floating Cities

When I was in 5th and 6th grade, I qualified for extra curricular classes to stimulate creativity and critical thought (but in high school they didn't put me on the college track - go figure). My favorite activity was learning about what the professionals thought would be the houses and cities of the future. And so, today I bring you Floating Cities of the Future!

The Seascraper is a green machine with a self-sufficient community of homes, offices, and recreational space.

The Plastic Fish Tower is a mixed use plastic recycling plant.

The Waterscraper is envisioned as a tubelike underwater residence and lab. Beaches, restaurants, a marina, and a dive center would cater to luxury-apartment dwellers and hotel guests.

(I wonder if kids would find enough entertainment without amusement parks and places to grind their skateboards. )

Diaphone Jim  Wednesday Aug 8 12:43 PM

Top one: Look for old ladies and too many children.
Bottom one: It has the futuristicly required helicopter, but no landing pad.

Griff  Wednesday Aug 8 12:59 PM

I'm expecting something grittier.

Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 8 01:07 PM

In the background of the bottom pic, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai was completed in 1999.

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As an example of old school architecture

glatt  Wednesday Aug 8 01:12 PM

Originally Posted by Griff View Post
I'm expecting something grittier.
Yeah. In a marine environment, just give it a month or two, and that gleaming shine will be gone. Those underwater ones especially. Barnacles and other growth will coat them.

Trilby  Wednesday Aug 8 02:58 PM

the bottom one looks like a mini version of what the city of Atlantis was supposed to look like (what? so I watch H2. Does that make me an Atlantean theorist? Yes, yes it does)

also - after finding out what ferry fees are for several islands off the coast of Maine - no thanks. I couldn't afford to get off the damn thing.

Wombat  Wednesday Aug 8 07:25 PM

This one is already for sale for a mere $680 million:

SPUCK  Thursday Aug 9 06:35 AM

All I can say..

Profoundly ughly.

Trilby  Thursday Aug 9 08:19 AM

looks like a big ol' tennis shoe

newtimer  Thursday Aug 9 08:36 AM

Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
looks like a big ol' tennis shoe
Hence Diaphone Jim's first comment.

Cyber Wolf  Tuesday Aug 14 06:17 PM

Has anyone hurricane-/typhoon-tested these things yet?

SPUCK  Wednesday Aug 15 06:53 AM

Yes but they can never find them when the test is over.

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