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Floating City of the Future? by Daily Mail

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Release Date: June 2014
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British and Asian architects have designed a four-square-mile, self-sustaining floating city that could be built with technology currently being used to create a 31-mile bridge and tunnel connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, China. The design was commissioned by Chinese construction firm China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC), according to a May 28 Daily Mail article, “Water World,” by Chris Pleasance.

The floating city dreamed up by AT Design Office features both underwater and surface-level residential, commercial and cultural facilities, including a hotel, an entertainment complex and a sports stadium, as well as docks, canals, and roads. It would be built with hexagonal and triangular modules attached by underwater walkways and tunnels; electric vehicles would ensure that underwater areas do not become polluted.

If CCCC decides to build the floating city, it will rely on technology it is using to build the bridge and tunnel, which incorporates “an underwater tunnel which is joined by a 150-metre-long precast concrete box,” architect Siska Slavomir told the Daily Mail. “The mega box is cast on a nearby island and floated to [the] site before being connected.”

The design, according to the article, is being reviewed by one of China's largest property investors, Yuexiu (China) Transport Infrastructure Investment Co. Ltd., for a smaller-scale project that could be built off the coast of Hong Kong.