New ‘Noah’s Ark’ - a floating city for 40,000 in case disaster strikes

March 3rd, 2011 - 11:50 am ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 3 (ANI): Designers in Boston have created a unique Noah’s Ark that can house 40,000 people at a time and is a city in itself, complete with hotels, shops, casinos and schools.

Measuring a staggering 1,200ft high and covering 30 million square feet, the Space Age design is even equipped with gardens, special express elevators for ‘vertical commuting’ and moving walkways for pedestrians.

The plan came into action after the American city of New Orleans was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The new floating city that will sit on the bank of the Mississippi and could help prevent a similar tragedy.

Titled New Orleans Arcology Habitat, or NOAH, the sturdy triangular creation dissipates strong weather by allowing it to blow through. Its structure can take the blast of a storm with little impact on the community inside.

“The first challenge is to overcome both the physical and psychological damages of recurring severe weather patterns. The need to provide a stabilised and safe environment is paramount to a long term recovery and economic well being of New Orleans,” the Daily Mail quoted Kevin Schopfer, who designed the concept, as saying.

“The third challenge is that the city is built on soil condition which consists of thousands of feet of soft soil, silt and clay. And these conditions make building large scale concentrated structures difficult,” he added.

“Our solution to overcome these challenges is to take advantage of these seemingly conflicting issues with the introduction of a floating urban platform.”

“This new master plan seeks to create a new community of 40,000 residents housed in an iconic and visionary structure. In addition to the residential units, this parish would also house a school system, commercial, retail, hotels, casinos, parking, and public works facilities,” he said.

Although based on New Orleans, the design team believes their structure could be used in any coastal urban area.

Schopfer added. “This is a project of tremendous potential which pushes beyond current expectations for New Orleans. It is at the forefront of the new age of urban growth possibilities.” (ANI)

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