Floating cities: Now this is a great idea! Example: The Dutch city of Rotterdam, which has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50%, also has rising seas on its mind. There, planners are looking at the potential of floating, solar-powered structures to address the challenge.
The Floating Pavilion prototype is a series of connected spheres currently moored at the city's old harbor. That location was picked because of its relatively calm water and low waves, but the structure is designed to be easily towed and relocated.
Inside, the heating and air conditioning run on solar energy and systems powered by surface water. The electricity runs in zones, so it can be directed only where needed. The pavilion's rest rooms use self-contained purification systems for the toilets. An auditorium in the building can accommodate up to 150 people.
As the water level rises, the floating pavilion will also rise, making it an example of climate-proof building, a technology for which demand will strongly grow in Rotterdam. Rotterdam has plans to build floating urban districts. In these floating districts, people will live, shop, work and recreate on the water. Floating construction is one of the solutions that will be increasingly favoured in the 21st century, and all over the world.