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Mar272007

Sea City 2000 (1979)


Today we have more from the great book Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century.

The Sea City 2000 shows some great paleo-future technology such as the dish-shaped antenna that "beams microwave energy, generated by solar cells, to a receiver on the nearby coast."

The bottom right corner shows a Buckminster Fuller design for a floating community. His design includes shops, schools and homes for 5,000 people.

See also:
The Future World of Transportation
Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century
Ristos (1979)

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This particular spread influenced be profoundly. The capital of the World Community in my tweenage future history was an artificial island, inspired by the arcology described here, located in the Pacific at 0oN, 180oW. (Howland Island, the nearest land, 384 km ENE of the spot might make a more sensible nucleus for the city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howland_Island).

March 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaul M. Cray

The city of the future is here ... only it's not in the US. It's Dubai.

http://dubai.isnuts.googlepages.com.nyud.net:8080/" REL="nofollow">Dubai is Nuts

March 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkickstand

Where's the zoom in of me in my boxers, casually perusing internet pornography from the comfort of my wireless computer?

March 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteralec

As a kid, I dreamt my dreams through this book. Now I wake, wondering when the world will catch up.

March 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDN

I remember reading these books as a kid too... whatever happened to the future? Economics and self interest.

March 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMikunter

Oh thats awesome. As a child (some 15 years ago, my god, I'm old) I had access to that book in my library, it was one of the books I always went to when ever we went there in elementary school.

Thanks for reminding me about it!

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDuran

Wow, I still have this book!

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Kind of looks like the Luxor Hotel and Casino. I still don'see Alec, though.

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBIG scott

kickstand has already mentioned it. Its Dubai (and abu dhabi maybe ;) The parallel concept is there.

I would much rather see a city UNDER the ground.

http://www.bloggingwv.com" REL="nofollow">http://www.bloggingwv.com

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBucky

Didn't this appear on Discovery Channel? Is in China I think. It hasn't been build yet, because of technological barriers, but there are plans and all.

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! I still have the book where that image comes from sitting somewhere. Good old times...

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRodrigo

Always love these water cities. With so much coastal development it is surprising there haven't been more attempts to try something like this.
http://www.freethefuture.com" REL="nofollow">freethefuture.com

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I remember when the American dream was alive and well. As a youth I was inspired by what I read and what we were taught. Today my son is fed a steady diet of how we're killing the earth, over populating it, poluting it, technology is bad blah blah blah.
When a generation gives up on it's realization of a better future for all and quits pushing technological boundaries I can't help but feel that the end is near.

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks pretty cool, but how is something that heavy supposed to float? And what happens when somebody gets Norovirus? Imagine what happens when people on a cruise ship get Norovirus. It spreads to everybody. Imagine a virus like that spreading on this thing.

Check out "Cities In Flight" an old book by James Blish, where many earth cities like NY have lifted off and travel through space as independent business units. Many similar concepts including asteroid mining but on a gigantic scale.

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

what about the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas?

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermicah

This is for the year 2000 and Sim City 2000 had archologies.....do you think?....

March 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Reminds me a bit of the Millennial Project's visions for a floating city at sea. I do so miss these optimistic visions of the future. The modern environmental movement has turned dystopian prognostication into a fine art.

March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPBA

No doubt it is a Soviet city. Only in crazy times of Soviet Union such projects were really possible to be put into action.

April 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreedy

Japan's Shimizu Corp. has proposed building such a structure in Tokyo Bay.

If built, the Shimizu TRY 2004 Mega-City Pyramid would comprise 55 smaller pyramids, each the size of the Luxor in Las Vegas, and would stand 12 times higher than the Great Pyramid in Giza.

Further info:

http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/engineering/pyramidcity/interactive/interactive.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimizu_Mega-City_Pyramid

April 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

main industries: fish farming, undersea mining, and soylent green production.

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Japanese and Dutch have also very interesting plans(including floating cities) but they have to work hard, because they are not born to own massive oil reserves.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJyri Snellman

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