Maldives. The floating city takes shape to move to once the sea has submerged the houses

Building a floating city for those who will have to leave their homes due to sea level rise: it is happening in the Maldives.

  • 80 percent of Maldives territory is less than a meter above sea level. This means that it risks being submerged, due to climate change.
  • For this reason, the construction of a floating city was commenced, ten minutes by boat from the capital Male.
  • The 5 thousand real estate properties will house about 20 thousand people. The work will be completed in 2027.

The futuristic renderings show colorful houses, each with its own little pier, basketball courts and places to gather in the shade of palm trees. With one certainty: it is all above the water surface. In fact, the new one presents itself floating city under construction at Maldives, ten minutes by boat from the capital Malè. A groundbreaking project that stems from a very real need: to offer a place to live to people who will have to leave their homes due to rising water levels.

Rising sea levels threaten the Maldives

Among the manifestations of climate change is the ever-faster melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. As a result, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that between 1993 and 2003 sea ​​level increased by about 3.1 millimeters per year. A recent analysis claims that even if global warming is kept within 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, it will grow another half a meter by 2100. And it is not that far off, given that we have a 50 percent chance of overcoming . 1.5 degrees already in 2026.

This phenomenon risks becoming a disaster for small island states. Just like Maldives. The archipelago consists of 1,190 islands: 80 percent of their surface is less than one meter above sea level. Within a few decades, or even a few years, entire parts of the territory could be under water. And the inhabitants will be forced to move elsewhere.

A new floating city for 20,000 people

Therefore, a real housing shortage is expected for the 540,000 people living in the Maldives: there are 200,000 alone on the eight square kilometers of the capital Malè. To find a solution, a joint venture was formed between the government and the Dutch Docklands real estate development company. The project, handed over to the architectural study (also Dutch) Water study, plans to build a floating city with everything it needs to host 20 thousand inhabitants: therefore not only houses and streets, but also schools, restaurants and shops.

CNN announces that former floating real estate properties presented in June. They are built at a local shipyard and then towed to their exact location. They are then attached to a large concrete underwater hull, which in turn is screwed to the seabed using telescopic steel piles. The architectural firm ensures that such structures will not be vulnerable to climate change because they will also float and rise with the waves. All this without the inhabitants feeling seasick, thanks to the natural isolation from the coral reefs.

A total of 5 thousand will be built. The city will be inhabited already in 2024, but it will be necessary to wait until 2027 with the completion of the workers. In addition to conducting a thorough environmental impact assessment, the builders have conducted shoals of artificial corals aimed at promoting the growth of marine organisms.

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