Rapid population growth, diminishing resources, and a reduction in available usable land has been at the forefront of my thinking of late, particularly as I start to consider what shape the third book in my DRMR series will take.
I gave very, very brief mention to seasteading in CONVERGENCE, and it's a concept that plays a larger role in EMERGENCE. I suspect, at the moment, that there will be more on this aspect of future living in the third novel.
I blogged about a somewhat similar topic to this a few months ago after news came of China's plans to build a floating city of their own. It's an intriguing prospect and something that engineers will need to look at very closely in the coming decades. There's an awful lot of islands with enormous population struggles (and even large continents with significant crowding and overpopulation), and with usable land becoming a diminishing resource, there exist only two really viable options for our present needs. One is to either expand vertically, as proposed in the Dubai City Tower or with China's SkyCity, or, in the case of island nations, to make the open water habitable.
The latter is where notions of seasteading arise, as well as China's plans of developing a floating city. Now, too, comes word of London's proposal to develop a floating village of its own.
As Co.Exist reports,
Experts from the Netherlands are helping to plan the new "floating village," which will include 50 floating homes around a neighborhood square made of water, along with floating restaurants, offices, and shops, and possibly a floating swimming pool. A floating walkway will lead back to land, where the city plans a much larger development with tens of thousands of new homes.
Earlier in its history, the area, known as the Royal Docks, served hundreds of cargo and passenger ships each day. The three docks were the largest enclosed docks in the world--the area of the water alone is 250 acres, and the land is more than 1,000 acres--and they got more use than any other port in London. But they haven't been in use for the last several decades, and that's why the city wants to transform the area.
"Tens of thousands of new homes, workspace, leisure and cultural facilities are being developed...The ‘Floating Village’ will be yet another draw, restoring London’s docklands to their former glory as a centre of enterprise and bringing jobs, growth, homes and visitors," says Blakeway.