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Floating cities from concept to creation : a discussion of the challenges that are pending the floating city through literature review Adnan, Ali


Waterfront urban areas are home to a large portion of the global population. From the beginning, individuals have been living on the coast to meet their different needs. Throughout the most recent couple of decades, more individuals and infrastructure has moved to the coast than at any other time. Since reforming and globalization occurred, the internal reasons for quick urbanization caused the rebuilding of the Coastal city space. As the city develops, it reclaims part of its landmass for building infrastructure. This extension has altered the utilization of land and, in most cases, productive agricultural farmland around these urban areas has declined, which used to work as the food supply chain for metropolitan occupants before. Coastal land pressures due to population growth forced humans to come up with new innovative ideas to deal with this problem. The demand for developable land around the coastal cities is increasing and with that, the necessity for innovative solutions. The cumulation of these pressures gave birth to the idea of expanding urban access to nearby marine space. The use of a floating house or an amphibious house can now be seen in various cities across the planet. These houses are attached to the shoreline and can easily adapt to the sea-level change. Although this idea is not entirely new, for some reason a floating city has not yet been successful. Various designs have been presented at different times but so far, no design has succeeded. However, shifting development towards water isn't a simple task. It needs to overcome some challenges. This paper focuses on exploring the challenges that a “Floating city” would face and proposes, why a “Floating City” has not yet been build?

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