Lilypad City

Something about the lilypad apparently appeals deeply to biomimics. Maybe the way they float through life with a kind of desultory beauty. Kind of like bobbing around a tropical lagoon with a mojito and a floppy hat.

A few weeks ago the eco-design community was wowed by the Solar Lilypad. Now comes Vincent Callebaut’s Lilypad. Designed to look like a water-lily, it’s a completely self-sufficient, zero-emission floating city intended to provide shelter for future climate change refugees in low-lying areas around the world. Each Lilypad, with varied topography including three ridges and a central lake, could support about 50,000 people afloat in the ocean. 

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