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#1 Lilypad: Floating City For climate Change Refugees
There are very few urban design solutions that address housing the inevitable tide of displaced people that could arise as oceans swell under global warming. Certainly none are as spectacular as this one. The Lilypad, by Vincent Callebaut, is 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.
Biomimicry was clearly the inspiration behind the design. The Lilypad, which was designed to look like a waterlily, is 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 it’s own energy, but be able to process CO2 in the atmosphere and absorb it into its titanium dioxide skin.
Each of these floating cities are designed 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.
The project isn’t even close to happening anytime soon, but there is value in future forward designs like the Lilypad. They inspire creative solutions, which at some point, may actually provide a real solution to the climate change problem.
#2 Buble Tree Hotel in france
Created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas, this luxurious 189-euro-a-night ‘Bubble Tree’ room offers visitors a chance to gaze at the stars while being protected from the elements. Here’s a closer look at the unique abode:
#3 Russia’s ‘Space Hotel’
Imagine sending a postcard from this vacation spot? Russian firm Orbital Technologies has unveiled this plans for their space hotel project, which could be open to greet intergalactic tourists by 2016.
The orbital outpost will have enough room to house seven guests in four cabins, and will also serve as a hub for scientific research. Tourists can enjoy commercial activities like viewing the solar system with binoculars and cameras from little hotel room pods.
As expected, experiencing the final frontier from your bedroom window will cost more than a few rubles. The price just to travel to the commercial space station is expected to cost $410,000, while five-day stay could be around $165,000. So only the privileged will be able to enjoy this kind of luxury.