Gallery: Are Ocean Societies the New Frontier for Sustainable Living?


Could the middle of the ocean offer sustainable dwelling places for mankind in the future? Estonian architect Marko Järvela of Hirvesoo Arhitektibüroo, winner of the aesthetics category in the first design competition for seasteading, believes that sustainable water-locked living could in fact become a wonderful reality. He saw designing “SESU Seastead” (short for SElf-SUstained seastead), as an opportunity to find the reality in ideas that are “balancing at the edge of utopian.” Järvela says that his winning design for a mini-society in the ocean is based on a self-sufficient lifestyle that requires a rearrangement of priorities.

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  1. sreilly July 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    If you found this interesting I suggest you buy/borrow The Millennial Foundation by Marshall T Savage and just read the Aquarius chapter for a fully functioning Ocean colony idea

  2. satnat July 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

    How will they deal with trash, gray water and black water?

    How will they connect physically to the outside world–will there by airplane platforms?

    Will it be noisy and interfere with sea animals’ communication?

  3. patrissimo July 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    manujarch – like most technologies, initially it will be expensive and limited to “early adopters”, but over time the costs will come down. One of our long-term goals is to have a seastead city which allows open immigration from poor countries, like America of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has low enough costs for that to be economically viable. “Give us your tired, your poor…”

    (I run The Seasteading Institute)

  4. StructureHub July 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Notwithstanding the megayacht conspicuously moored in the rendering, the effort is refreshing. Unlike another recent post (ahem, ), the firm appears to have taken a concerted (and nuanced/detailed) interest in the ocean’s potential as a home for sustainable communities.


  5. manujarch July 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Nice concept. Would it be an option for the masses?

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