What will the future look like? If it looks anything like the vision created by 3deluxe, the future designs will help preserve the land and sea. The WeThePlanet campus does just that and sets a new standard for the future of architecture.

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A cityscape with a green campus situated on the water.

WeThePlanet, a New York-based organization, commissioned architecture firm 3deluxe to design a people-friendly campus in harmony with nature. The campus design protects life on the land and in the water, while still pushing the envelope of what modern design can be.

A cityscape with a green campus situated on the water.

The campus makes room for workshops, summits and educational programs that will focus on helping the planet thrive. Such programs plan to foster a better understanding of climate change, social justice and the issues that will shape humankind’s future.

A cityscape with a green campus situated on the water.

The idea behind 3deluxe’s design is the 50/50 concept, in which people and nature share equal spaces. This concept includes compensating for soil sealing, CO2 production and the use of materials and energy. In doing so, the design will create a better quality of life for people and honor nature.

A cityscape with a green campus situated on the water, with various pods separating the areas.

Built on a floating platform, the campus can resist floods. The floating platform will open partially to the public, providing space for tourists and local New Yorkers to enjoy the outdoors. The innovative floating design opens up all sorts of possibilities for floating parks and destinations all along the Manhattan shore.

A cityscape with a green campus situated on the water.

Floating marshland biotopes included in the design make up 50% of the entire surface area. This creates living space for foliage and animals. The design also includes space for a meadow and sand biotopes. Thatched and green roofs create more living space for animals.

A rendering of the campus with curved-roof buildings near water. People mill around the area.

Construction will rely on natural materials like clay, wood and reeds and recycled materials. In addition to wind farms, photovoltaics, marine power plants and bioreactors, the design also integrates air-cleaning technology. The hope is that the campus will be totally self-sufficient, generating its own drinking water and electricity.

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