Polimeropolis: a floating city made from waste

Ocean adaptation projects are on the rise. Global warming continues, glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising. Estudio Focaccia Prieto proposes the concept of Polimeropolis, a giant cluster of floating cities surrounding lagoons of unpolluted ocean water. In this way, the designers hope to create a new sustainable housing ecosystem. Architects Juan Manuel Prieto and Clara Focaccia presented the renders as a series of drone shots created at Mid journey in collaboration with AI artist Maxi Araya.

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A metropolis in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean is being planned for the sake of cleaning up a huge garbage patch. The concept also includes the on-site production of electricity and clean water with renewable systems. Presented as a scalable, phased city model, the project includes a sequence of city “rings” of mixed-use. Each of them contains a habitat that looks like a huge oceanic lagoon enclosed in a ring.

The ring is a kind of waste collection boundary, made up of nets and vegetation associated with phytoremediation: they prevent the passage of microplastics inside and purify the water. This will create a sanitary environment where all kinds of life can flourish, especially marine life.

The giant floating Polimeropolis “will not let you drown in your own garbage” – it will be built mainly from recycled plastic waste found in the water. The waste will be shredded and compacted in local floating plants designed to produce components of the recycled building system. Cities surrounded by a protective barrier will be able to generate their own resources; tidal motion will provide electricity, and reverse osmosis will produce drinking water. Food production will be based on the cultivation of marine life in closed lagoons.

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