Great Ideas Float to the Top
Coastal land pressures due to urban population growth have seen various cities embrace the use of floating structures to extend their cities into their surrounding ocean space. Simultaneously, the need to go further into deeper waters to extract resources has also driven the development of innovative floating structures. This chapter introduces the developments in the area of predominantly static large scale floating structures. It begins with a review of the advantages of employing floating structures over traditional land reclamation technologies in availing habitable space; and the basic technical elements that underpin the technology. A brief history of the evolution of floating structures is then presented, before a survey of the examples of floating structures in a variety of uses and sites is ventured. Finally, the authors conclude with the ambitious and possible future uses of these large-scale floating structures in meeting our coming urban needs.
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