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It's called "The Ark", but looks more like a ship sitting upside down on the water. A new design by Russian architect Alexander Remizov challenges the tradition of land-based hotel living and would provide a refuge in the future -- should the world face a modern-day flood of Biblical proportions. Remizov designed the hotel as part of a program on architecture and disaster relief through the International Union of Architects (UIA).
Jamais Cascio is a futures strategist, a writer, frequent technical consultant, co-founder of the recently closed Worldchanging.org and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future . And, not coincidentally, a good friend of mine, which is why he’s here. I asked him to write to you about whatever was on his mind today. And this is what he has to say: Neodicy
The article premise builds on plans that have been in development for decades. My only quibble is that I believe that the vast majority of human habitation in space will be in free rotating habitats in space versus the old notion of being built on planetary surfaces, more along the lines described by the late Gerard K. O'Neill where conditions and centrifugally induced gravity can be optimized for human requirements.
Green Float: The bizarre new concept that sees humans in the future live in giant skyscrapers on floating water liliesBy Niall Firth UPDATED: 16:26 GMT, 12 November 2010 Humans in the future could live in mini floating cities that drift across the Pacific as if on giant water lilies. The startling new concept has been dreamed up by Japanese technology firm Shimizu and is designed to be a way of harnessing green technologies and creating carbon-neutral cities. The Green Float concept involves a number of cells, each one kilometre wide, that house between 10,000 and 50,000 people.
Going Beyond CO 2 Reduction to Carbon Negative To create a city that absorbs CO 2 like a plant, we will employ environmental technologies to achieve a carbon negative system. Switch to a Compact City and Conversion of Industrial Structure (CO 2 Reduction: About 40%)