Courtesy BIG

Hive 50 Honors

For imagining and charting policy, capital, design, development, and construction seas that need to be sailed to save and repair the two-thirds of Earth covered by oceans as well as their coasts, which are inhabited by 2.4 billion people.

What You Need To Know

This past spring, entrepreneur Marc Collins Chen, his company Oceanix, and a group of collaborators ranging from famed architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm to experts in zero waste, water engineering, plant-based community farming, mobility, and energy-efficient design unveiled Oceanix City at the United Nations in New York. Partners revealed plans for what a sustainable floating city might look like. They laid out a plan based on 4.5-acre hexagonal floating islands (about the size of three and a half football fields) that each house 300 people. In turn, a scalable model imagines each floating island as part of a six-island cluster that could serve as a village, six of which could aggregate to a city of 10,000.

Who’s Involved

Partners with the United Nations-Habitat include Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Studio Other Spaces, Center for Zero Waste Design, Mobility in Chain, MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, Dickson Despommier, Sherwood Design Engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, and Global Coral Reef Alliance.

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On the boards.