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Boston Arcology Is a Climate Change-Ready Floating Mega-Structure

Boston Arcology

Sooner or later, cities around the world will have to deal with the threat of rising seas. So why would coastal cities spend cash on land-based developments when they can expand into the water? That’s the thinking behind the Boston Arcology, a conceptual floating city within a city that attempts to expand Boston into its harbor.

The BoA can fit 15,000 people into a sprawling mass of hotels, shops, offices, museums, condos, and apparently even a new city hall. Designer E. Kevin Schopfer imagines that the LEED-certified structure, built on a concrete platform, will have sky gardens placed in the main tower every 30 floors to promote a sense of “neighborhood presence”. The whole thing will be carbon neutral thanks to a series of wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, passiveglazing system, sky garden heating and cooling vents, gray water treatment centers,solar arrays, and harbor based water turbines.

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Schopfer’s design probably won’t ever come to fruition, but the designer estimates it would take approximately ten years to build. If Boston ever does decide to look into a major new building project, however, this is one to consider–anything that can stand up to climate change is a worthy investment.

[Via Inhabitat]

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