Water levels are rising rapidly, coastal cities have become aware of the danger and so a Japanese construction company called Shimizu Corp who recently introduced a new project that would cost around 26 billion dollars for a underwater ECO-CITY that they call “Ocean Spiral” that draws energy directly from the seabed thousands of meters below the surface and that could be the new home for five thousand people. It would be designed to take advantage of the endless opportunities that the seabed provides.
The Shimizu spokesman Hideo Imamura told the Guardian:
“This is a real goal, not a pipe dream. The Astro Boy cartoon character had a mobile phone long before they were actually invented – in the same way, the technology and knowhow we need for this project will become available.”
The Shimizu spokesman told the Wall Street Journal:
“This is just a blueprint by our company, but we are aiming to develop the technology that would enable us to build an underwater living space.”
According to the Guardian:
“The idea of creating communities in the sea resonates in Japan, where land-based communities are at risk from large earthquakes and tsunamis.”
The project Ocean Spiral would consist in three different parts stretching over 15 kilometers from the surface to the seabed.
The first part of this incredible project is a floating surface topped by a 500-meter sphere.
The second part of the project is where businesses, residential areas and hotels will be accommodated; a central spiral with over fifteen kilometers in diameter, it is in this part of the city where engineers expect to provide housing for five thousand people.
At the bottom of the sea is where the third part of the submerged city would be and it is there where engineers expect the real laboratory to be; an area where scientists can explore the possibilities of obtaining energy resources of the seabed.
According to company statements, the submerged city would extend another 10 kilometers at least into the seabed where scientists would work in a “earth factory” producing methane from carbon dioxide using micro-organisms.
Christian Dimmer, assistant professor in the urban studies department at Tokyo University believes this is a logical response to natural catastrophes that have been occurring worldwide. Climate change and rising water levels cannot be taken lightly, it is a strong problematic that our society needs to handle seriously and quickly. Assistant professor Dimmer told the Guardian:
We had this in Japan in the 1980s, when the same corporations were proposing underground and ‘swimming’ cities and 1km-high towers as part of the rush to development during the height of the bubble economy. It’s good that many creative minds are picking their brains as to how to deal with climate change, rising sea levels and the creation of resilient societies – but I hope we don’t forget to think about more open and democratic urban futures in which citizens can take an active role in their creation, rather than being mere passengers in a corporation’s sealed vision of utopia.”
Source: The Guradian / The Wall Street Journal
Image credit: Shimizu Corp