Shimizu Corp. imagines future floating cities

Shimizu Corp. imagines future floating cities


, the Japanese firm that is working with SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Japan’s $25 million demonstration project at SUNY Poly’s new ZEN building in , is imaging a future where there are man made, self sufficient floating cities.

The cities are called green floats, or botanical cities, and they look something like an inverted cloud city in the Empire Strikes Back. They are immune to tsunamis and earthquakes.

Koji Abe said that the name ZEN, which stands for zero energy nanotechnology, was also a name that the Japanese people could relate to.

“This building is very fittingly named Zen, which is also the name for one of the branches of Buddhism that is about nature,” Koji Abe said.

According to Shimizu’s plans of these botanical cities, they would not only be zero energy but also carbon negative. They would be designed with carbon recovery and ocean sequestration systems. They would generate power from ocean waves and have thermal energy generators as well. They would also create ‘garbage islands’ that create energy resources. They would grow mangroves around them, which are a natural barrier to the elements.

The ZEN building uses energy efficient design as well as renewable energy generation technologies such as solar panels and fuel cells to generate its own electricity. The building is using phosphoric acid fuel cells.