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2009-07-26 21:27:46
Like so many architectural concepts, this one is just that, a concept without the intelligence to back it up. When considering Bill Gates' mountainside private residential complex, with all the techno to go with it, and at the last calculations cost over half a billion dollars, each of the above concept designs would cost in excess half a trillion dollars to build and would take around ten years construction time. Not only that, with its free-floating movement it could travel 20 knots per hour if caught in the Gulf Stream, and then, if it was forced by storm or tidal waves it could hit the top of an under-water mountain; its draught x weight would be many hundreds of feet. (The fish in the painting are hundreds of feet in length in comparison to the size of the floating island.)
2008-07-04 02:54:00
Just imagine - the summers and winters would just depend on where you are in the world at the time. The whole island could go to the West Indies for a holiday in the sun.
2008-07-04 02:37:35
Yeah, where does all the refuse go? And what about all the emissions it will cost to create one of those huge islands? You can't create something that big on wind and solar power alone? On the surface this "green" way of life seems so easy until you actually have to create it. The problem with this world? TOO MANY PEOPLE!
2008-07-04 01:59:54
Great idea..but "drift"..? what happens when it drifts into the path of a storm with 125 knot winds and 50 foot seas ? Or worse ? Better stick some kinda motor on that thing.
2008-07-04 01:16:38
"Centred around a lake which collects and then purifies rain water, the Lilypad will drift around the world following the ocean currents and streams. It will be accessed by three marinas and will also feature three 'mountains' to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery. Power will be provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar, thermal, wind energy, hydraulic and a tidal power station. The city will actually produce much more energy than it consumes and be entirely 'zero-emission' as all the carbon-dioxide and the waste will be recycled."