A blueprint for the rest of the world?
Author: Anne Quito
Oceanix’s CEO Philipp Hofmann says the prototype could be replicated in other coastal environments. “We have stad with Busan but we want to help bring this highly-sustainable infrastructure solution to other coastal cities around the globe,” he said, flashing slides of the three-platform configuration in the Maldives, Miami Wellington, Lagos, Rio, and New York City. “It is applicable to any coastal environment, to any climate, and can be easily calibrated to their needs.” But the copy-paste proposal is arguably more of a Photoshop fantasy, as several delegates noted during the three-hour briefing. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Habitat’s executive director, cautioned that such ambitious global solutions must consider the diversity in topography, local norms, and cultural expression. “It’s very important for us to think holistically in terms of not leaving anyone behind,” she said. “Will it improve the quality of life for all including the marine life?”