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Waterworld – a futuristic floating city

Supervisor: Prof. R. Srivatsan

Objective of the thesis was to design an alternative self-sustaining living environment (city) for the ever growing urban population in the metros and other coastal cities in India. The design of the city was based on a fractal geometry, which allows it to grow in an organized pattern without affecting the living condition. It is a self-sustaining floating unit, which accommodates its own vegetation, transportation, water-supply, electricity, solid waste management and other public amenities. The site was on the Arabian Sea, located 50kms from Mumbai city.

Layout of Waterworld
(Captions for the images are in clockwise)
1. Virtual model of a city module and nodal junction which connects different modules. Each module represents a particular zone like Educational, Residential, Industrial, Recreational etc. A module can also house all of these zones in different levels. The nodal junctions are meant for public transportation, it is also a service centre that connects to the central system.

2. Layout of a city. Such modular layout can prevent random and irregular growth of the city which weakens the infrastructure and efficient functioning of a city. The layout facilitates a rhythmic and orderly growth thereby reducing congestion, pollution and increasing the efficiency of civic management. The radial roads end at dockyards on the outer circumference for water transportation. The outer ring road has a promenades, shops and parking spaces.

3. Structural details of the foundation which keeps the module floating.

4. Physical model of a city module showing the structural details.