Coastal cities around the world are increasingly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Some forward-looking architects and urban planners believe that floating neighbourhoods, in which their homes could rise with the water level to avoid flooding, are a possible solution.
Indeed, an Italian architectural firm called Lazzarini Design Studio has created a conceptual design for a floating city, nicknamed Wayaland, of the real name “Project Waya“. The plan provides for pyramid-shaped luxury houses powered by solar energy, which CEO Pierpaolo Lazzarini built off the coast of the United Arab Emirates or Italy.
But Wayaland is still at a very early stage of the design process. This month, the company launched a fundraising campaign to start building the first pyramid, which is expected to cost about $420,000. Depending on the campaign, early investors might choose to become “citizens” of Wayaland if his home country chooses to recognize development as an official city.