I love this new solution of housing that alerts for the concern of global warming. The Lilypad, by Vincent Callebaut, is a spectacular structure, a concept for a completely self-sufficient floating city intended to provide shelter for future climate change refugees. The intent of the concept itself is laudable, but it is Callebaut’s phenomenal design that has captured our imagination.
The Lilypad was designed to remind us of a water lily, intended to be a zero emission city afloat in the ocean. Through a number of technologies solar, wind, tidal, biomass), it is envisioned that the project would be able to not only produce its own energy, but be able to process CO2 in the atmosphere and absorb it into its titanium dioxide skin. This is like a wow top technology nowadays!
Each of these floating cities isdesigned to hold approximately around 50,000 people! A mixed terrain man-made landscape, provided by an artificial lagoon and three ridges, create a diverse environment for the inhabitants. Each Lilypad is intended to be either near a coast, or floating around in the ocean, traveling from the equator to the northern seas, according to where the Gulf Stream takes it.
This can be an awesome solution to the climate change problem. Do you think we will all live in Lilypads in the future?