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Underwater Eco-Village Plans Released

Sometimes science and technology boggles my MIND. And today was one of those days.

CNN released some incredible images of what Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is designing and planning, an underwater village he is calling an Aequorea.

These 'oceanscrapers' will be constructed using recycled plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The design has plans for houses, as well as science labs, offices, hotels, sports fields and farms across 250 floors and reach a depth of up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

The Ocean is a huge resource too. Desalinated ocean water it will be used for drinking. Micro algae will be used for farming and organic waste. Also, sunlight would be provided through bioluminescence.

So far, it's just in the concept and research stage. But other attractions like this have worked across the world, including a hotel in Dubai that has underwater rooms.

I couldn't be more excited about these images and the plans. Please excuse me as I sing "Under the Sea" for the remainder of the day.

Ocean and Tech buddies-- what are your thoughts?

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@EasternShell @DaivonUnderwood oh gosh I hope you don't turn blue (but also kinda hope you do? idk I'm conflicted) @Butterflyblu is fine though... she's already blu ;) ME TOO @ChosenKnight this and flying card and I can die happily. YAY! I'm so happy you like it @Luci546 :D
The concept is absolutely intriguing. Of course years of planning, resource allocation and addressing minor details that will inevitably pop up so the implementation may take years at best. The idea of sunlight via luminescents is an interesting thought. Given that the species that put out luminescent light do not need solar light I would imagine the idea is only in stages of infancy but I would presume a dietary change would be a requirement to supplement what would be lost, or daily trips to the surface for a short time would be required at least off the start. At those depths though I would be curious to see what kind of restrictions people feel given the pressure changes. While the area of course would be pressurized accordingly it would be very difficult to accurately portray the 1 atm of the surface. Perhaps more open spaces would allow a better flow for pressure release. Other than that the only discussion I could potentially see being one of great issue is the safety of the rig during storms, after all we've all seen the movies where underwater lab stations go to pieces during a storm and the crew dies etc so that would be addressed in some fashion. definitely a topic to continue following!!
@Aubrey1990 thanks for your informative input. I completely forgot about storms and the amount of people that could be accommodated in such an environment would be of interest to me. In the event of a catastrophic event there has to be enough food, supplies, healthcare professionals, etc. I find this topic fascinating and as you stated implementation will take years. So, we have time to see how it progresses and if we would really want to become underwater inhabitants.
This is incredible. Beautiful, too. If we could figure out a way to do this on a large scale, I wonder what sort of impact we could make. I'm the opposite though, @MaighdlinS @nicolejb. I'd want to be under the water. Can you imagine looking out your window and seeing a school of fish swim by? Magical...
Oh gosh, well maybe if they develop an environment that is conducive to being nice to the ecosystem, humans will be nicer? @DaivonUnderwood I hope so! Yeah I wonder how dark it would get below the ocean, probably real dark huh? @EasternShell totally the images are what got me too! Makes me want to move there now @RaquelArredondo XD
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