Can Floating Cities Save Us From Rising Sea Levels?

Fantasy, or the future?
Derya Ozdemir

The world's ever-growing population is 7.9 billion as of November 2021, and according to some estimates, it's projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This fact alone is forcing architects and urban planners to think hard about the future cities; the land is limited, after all. And the amount of land at our disposal will only shrink as sea levels rise. In fact, 800 million people from 570 cities may be forced to relocate by 2050.

So, where do they go? According to some, floating cities, which is the idea of building an island city over the ocean, might be the answer. However, how feasible is it? For some, it's what happens when architects don’t communicate with civil engineers. For others, though, it's the future and these cities will rehome thousands of climate refugees. In this video by the YouTube channel Undecided with Matt Ferrell, you can learn more about these cities, and the technology required to build them. 

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