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Aequoreas Floating Village 3D Printed From Ocean Junk
Imagine that the junk plastic floating in the sea could be used to 3D print floating villages.
(Aequoreas Floating Village)
The structures, envisioned by architect Vincent Callebaut, would recycle ocean waste harvested from international waters as building materials for new, sustainable marine architecture. The composite material would comprise a mix of plastic waste and algae. Biomimetic and completely self-sufficient, these sustainable habitats are a vision of an egalitarian society for environmentally conscious individuals.
The inhabitants of these utopian structures, called the People of the Seas, would invent new underwater urbanization processes to mitigate ocean acidification and pollution, while living in a self-sufficient way. They would recycle 100 percent of ocean plastic waste to create a sustainable habitat called Aequoreas. Once built, these ecosystems would continue to grow on their own, using calcium carbonate contained in water to form an external skeleton, semi-permeable membranes to desalinate seawater and microalgae to produce energy for heating and climate control.
In his novel Saturn's Race, published in 2000, author Larry Niven imagines floating islands:
Xanadu was the second of the Floating Island chain of independent international corporate entities. Ultimately they would be strung along the world's equator; new islands bringing life to a watery desert. Six of the islands were in place, two as mere skeletons. From the air they looked a little like lily pads...
(Read more about Niven's floating islands)
Update 10-Apr-2022: An earlier example can be found in Doom Over Venus (1940) by Edmond Hamilton:
The flier had taken them to the shore of the vast Venusian ocean. Out on that Calm, nighted sea below sparkled little clusters of lights. These were some of the System-famous “floating villas” of the richer Venusians, country estates that floated upon the surface of the ocean. They consisted of huge scows of the super-light metal, levium, upon which gardens and homes had been built.
(Read more about floating villas)
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