A FLOATING CITY MADE OF RECYCLED PLASTIC WASTE
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Images by Juan Manuel Prieto and Maxi Araya
Architecture continue to provide solutions that encourages comfort for humanity. The recent era AI technology in new dimension has deposed the word impossible and thus installed what I called the future unimaginable creations. Imagine what we can do with our natural surroundings through our inventive design thinking ability, problem solving ability isn’t designated to the built environment alone, it’s part of the human sensitive adaptive features that design and provide solutions in all sphere of live. One of the recent design invention in built environment to look at is the Polimeropolis, a giant cluster of floating cities enclosing lagoons of uncontaminated ocean water for an essential purpose of a new sustainable ecosystem of habitation, following the Earth’s temperatures which continue to rise, melting the ice caps and rapidly rising the sea levels.
The architectural firm behind this exclusive project, Estudio Focaccia Prieto took a crucial step to propose the inventive project following the advancement made by some major countries around the world in urbanizing the sea to prevent themselves from becoming submerged under water like modern day ‘atlantises’ according to Designboom website. By creating a unique metropolis in the depths of Pacific Ocean, Estudio Focaccia Prieto’s inventive design concept aim to cleanse the heavily polluted continental ocean through a sustainable self-contained city built from recycled plastic it captured by the ocean itself, and as it’s called, Polimeropolis will equally generates electricity and clean water on-site with renewable systems.
The project’s lead architects Juan Manuel Prieto and Clara Focaccia presented their visualizations through one of AI tools called Midjourney, it was done in collaboration with AI artist Maxi Araya through a Midjourney-generated drone shots.
The exclusive project as a sustainable floating city from recycled pollution, the part of the cities are mixed-use urban areas, about four thousand residents, productive and commercial areas for leisure and amenities. As the project develops into reality, there’s going to be islands dedicated to parks and recreation, airport and marina, and hotel resorts for ecotourism that will allow people to be able to visit and learn about the systems used for the garbage island’s sanitation.
According to Juan Manuel Prieto as quoted by Designboom website, ‘this project is a call to action to rethink the way we produce, consume, and dispose of things, promoting a circular economy that seeks to close the loops of material flows and prioritize the reuse and recycling of resources. It is a proposal for a new paradigm of urbanization that seeks to reconcile the needs of the human species with the conservation and respect for the environment. It not only addresses the problems caused by the overproduction of garbage, but also creates a new ecosystem and way of life.’
Name: Polimeropolis: The urbanization of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Architecture: Estudio Focaccia Prieto
Lead Architects: Juan Manuel Prieto and Clara Focaccia
AI Artist: Maxi Araya
Edited by MJ for Buildace Magazine