Gallery: Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,00...

Designer and architect Dror Benshetrit has a wildly inventive solution to a centuries old urban conundrum. Every couple hundred years in Turkey, a politician or engineer proposes the immense task of building a canal between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the latest to suggest the project, which would entail displacing nearly a billion cubic meters of dirt over the next decade. With all that excavation, finding a place to deposit that amount of earth is a problem. Benshetrit envisions using the soil to create an artificial island city called HavvAda that would house 300,000 residents. The island is composed of 6 hills where neighborhoods and businesses would intermingle with parks and valleys.

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