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AQUAVILLE - FLOATING HABITATS

The Aquaville project posits a future architecture that envisions a new understanding of Aquatecture. In a world of changing circumstances and rising sea levels, our cities have to be future proof. Nations are on the brink of disappearing - Culture, Tradition, Sense of Belonging, Flora, Fauna and most importantly their Homes are all slowly fading with time, just like the islands they live on which is resulting in climate refugees. This project rethinks how we design, build, live, and share our future homes, neighborhoods, and cities. It envisions a new city - rehabilitating climate refugees, safeguarding culture, sense of belonging, and also promoting Seasteading. The aim is to create a completely modular city that is adaptable, sustainable, customizable, self-sufficient, and disaster resilient. By following the 17 SDGs by the United Nations, this city aims to promote and ensure more fulfilling ways of living together without succumbing to foreseeable environmental changes.

Aiming to merge the gap between residents and users in a new urban context, a walkable city that is highly interconnected in terms of urban network and building arrangements, resulting in a more dynamic urban living.

Living on water has always been a fantasy Utopian city but now it has become an impending trend for our future generations. Rather than proposing a single design, Aquaville lays down a system that results in endless possibilities. The fundamental building block is the pontoon which is made up of expanded polystyrene and e’concrete. Modular neighborhoods of 1.5 hectares create thriving self-sustaining communities of up to 250 residents with mixed-use spaces for living, working, and gathering. By clustering neighborhoods and dock modules, larger cities of the required population can be formed. Residents can easily walk, bike, or boat throughout the city. All the built structures are kept below 3 stories to create a low center of gravity and resist wind.

Shared amenities like communal green farms, animal husbandry, schools, hospital, and recreational spaces allow residents to embrace sharing culture. All communities regardless of the size will prioritize locally sourced materials for building construction. These Floating cities can be fabricated onshore and towed to their final site, reducing construction costs. The first phase of Aquaville is calibrated to rehabilitate people of the sinking islands of Kiribati, building modules and city layout are customized accordingly. Aquaville is a virtuous solution and can be adapted geographically to rehabilitate people of the vulnerable sinking islands and cities across the globe.








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