| Stages of the #FloatingCity | Ocean Colonization | Space Colonization | Long Term Human Survival
On July 30 Wilfried Ellmer wrote
@Matias, in the aquaculture thread you give a glimps how pioneering aquaculture on the open ocean could look like, an ocean sphere as habitat drifting along a truss cement composite fish cage sphere in open ocean.
The most important part of the whole seasteading discussion is probably how you can place humans in a hostile ambient as the high seas constitute it.
That makes seasteading a subchapter of the bigger topic of “settling in unfamiliar spaces” .
When settling in unusual spaces humans need a protective skin around them. In our cities the protective skin that shields us from hostile climate are the buildings we live in.
As said the most effective way to create “protective skin” around a contolled ambient bubble is a sphere.
At land we can not build spheres as the gravity makes sphere shaped building sites expensive.
In weight neutral ambients like the watermantle of the planet we can do spheres very easyly.
In some ways settling in the ocean is a excellent baby step to test and learn the settlement of outer space.
To picture this process…
All starts with a plate shape in a graving dock that gets floated out early when it still has relative low weight and draft.
The next step is a what we call a “plate seastead” something that has the appearance of football stadion free floating on the watersurface - in this phase the venture is already in business with shops and a community living on it. It is floating real estate in a prime location near a existing city center.
In the next step the plate seastead builds up the external walls and puts on weight to become an “ocean sphere” (Artwork Matias Volco )
When the sphere is finished it sits deep in the water and displays an optical appearance of something like this. A sphere segment proyecting out of the water, immune to Draupner Wave impacts.
Natural sunlight goes into the inside of the sphere over one or several “oculums” small opening on the apex that flood the insight with daylight a architectonical feature that is well known and prooven since roman times.
This interference free space bubble on the ocean has a maintenance free service life of at least 200 years and a expected lifespan of some 2000 years . So it is the fundament you can build New-VENICE and New-Atlantis on.
In the long term humanity will start to build living space pockets in sphere shape in the most hostile ambients…
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It is part of the human transition. Settling the watermantle of the planet which provides 99% of the untapped space volume we have at our disposal for now is just the next logical step of “city building”.
A triangular floating harbor as a starting point to "spin off " ocean spheres…
Ocean spheres in two variations : The oceanic fish cage (weight neutral cement composite truss structure) to feed humanity and the oceanic sphere habitat (shell structure) for housing purpose. In the ocean sphere concept the size does not really matter, even a 10m diameter sphere (family home size) housing a single ocean frontier familiy is Draupner Wave impact safe.
For those who are interested in more insight about the ocean sphere concept check here.1
While the transition of the ocean sphere goes along the above picture series from a relative small plate to a city sized venture, the transition of the ramform is a bit different.
It starts with a very small light honeycomb structure triangle.
you can picture it like the pilot project test piece we did in Cartagena.
This piece then grows in a continous growth process to something like that.
what is a family house sized floating structure that allows easy access to the water surface.
The growth can keep going on in this protected stern area where additional building cells like in the picture above are added to expand the structure.
In a analogy to a “matrix printing process” where the “drop of material” is the construction base unit. In this process the “cell” is the construction base unit. The cell size can vary from shoe-box size to shower cell size - it depends what is convenient in the logistics process.
In this pilot for example we work with a phone cell sized base unit .
Don Arturo is building the cell up in a matrix printing process where the material is placed by hand with a teaspoon instead of a nozzle by a matrix printer. In a Country where workhours are cheap and workforce available this is a good alternative.
As the ramform unit grows the arms need to be divided to work in train configuration . This allows long ocean waves to pass trough without creating hog and sag forces.
Matias Volco pictures this division of arms in a train configuration here converting the second division into a boat dock marina and a cargo loading area.
Now this thing althoug it is not yet a seastead with a complex free society on board is certainly already a marina with a couple of apartments that do not limit the living experience to boaters and yachties who have no problem with their living room moving with the waves.
It is something that is already attractive for normal people who might consider it an alternative to living in a shorside apartment.
The venture now has a size and outfit that can be condidered a sea based real estate alternative .
Once you have this big grey bow tipe structure taking the waves and keeping them out of the protected stern area - the question if the venture is in high or low wave ambient becomes less important - the floating city starts to create its own protected bay.
So you are ready for the next phase of development.
Picture it something like this:
There is a light dome shell cluster in the background that is protected by the ramform in front . This bubble cluster development has already an open central space in form of a public park, so living there is very similar to living in a land city. Like old venice had (and still has) its economic bases in the mediterranean trade streams New Venice will work along the lines of its historic example but solve the bottleneck of technological limitations . (limited space in the swamp, rotting foundations).
The next development step is New Atlantis.
A floating sea city that holds up the ideals of science, and enlightenment, in the sense of Sir Francis Bacon´s Novel…
The picture of Matias Volco is acurate. 20 story high buildings are feasible in the city center of a seastar concept island with the technology we have at hand already. A Draupner Wave would it barley make half up one of the arms … The height of the ships is about 15 m.
At the oceanic business alliance the business plan is this:
It is a plan that has a clear setup for each step from a few building cells on the watersurface to the creation of New Atlantis.
At the moment we have Phase 1 (blue) completed we have tested all that needs testing and we are now in a position to have a Phase 1 investor conversation with effect B.
Our lead Architect Matias Volco has phase 2 on the drawing board. A revolution in the real estate market - going oceanic… we already achieved the key goal of phase 2 to make floating real estate more affordable than land based real estate.
Sea based cities type New Atlantis will be connected by tubular hyperloop connections. These hyperloop tracks can be fabricated in floating building sites in tracks of a mile or so and get installed very fast with the same technology that is already in use for submarine pipelines.
Floating Cities type New Atlantis will run a extremly fast internet that pluggs directly into the transoceanic glasfiber infrastructure.