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Winners Named in Floating City Contest

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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From solar panels and wave-driven turbines to sea farms, the floating cities of the future are sure to be overflowing with green technologies.

That’s right; following the completion of its feasibility study, The Seasteading Institute launched an international competition for architects, urban planners and visionaries to submit their own interpretation of a floating city, or “seastead.”

The think-tank wants to build a floating city by 2020.

The winners of the competition are listed below; additional information about the submissions is available by clicking on the project name.

The non-profit organization has also invited the public to vote in the People’s Choice Contest.  

Cast your vote here. Voting ends Aug. 23.

And the Winners Are…

First Place (Two entries tied for first place)


All images The Seasteading Institute / Creative Commons / designers noted in text

Artisanopolis: submitted by Gabriel Sheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White (Roark 3D)

First Place (Two entries tied for first place)

Storm makes sense of shelter

Storm Makes Sense of Shelter: submitted by Simon Nummy (Atkins)

Third Place

Prismatic Module

Prismatic Module Island: submitted by architect Matias Perez


Expanding ocean network

Expanding Ocean Network: submitted by Min Seok Kim (Seoul National University)


Metabolic City

Metabolic City: submitted by Yin Tao-chiang (TDArch)


Floating sea farms

Design of Floating Sea Farms: submitted by Shinji Sato (Nihon University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Oceanic Architecture)

Honorable Mention


Fantasea: submitted by Derek Ramsey (California Polytechnic State University)

According to The Seasteading Institute, the above entry did not conform to the contest rules, but the panel of judges agreed the design deserved an honorable mention for its "inventive and speculative spirit...the candidate re-imagined existing technologies to ameliorate our eventual dystopic fate of trash riddled oceans."


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Contests; Design; Government; Research; Trends

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (8/11/2015, 8:19 AM)

The top winner looks interesting, with one hell of an external seawall ring. I'm quite puzzled by two of the design choices. If you are going to dedicate space to solar panels only, why not put them out on the seawall instead of taking up space in your living area? Also, why have separate non-solar panel shade structures in addition to the solar panels? Use solar panels AS your shade structures. Combine these two modifications, and you have increased the usable living space in the same footprint by about 15% and more than tripled your solar output.

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (8/11/2015, 10:00 AM)

Thanks, D&D for picking up this article of our future. It does seem a double benefit to clean up our oceans and use their energy potential for power.

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