From tourist paradise to devastation to sustainable future, an imaginative path toward rebirth is possible for global coastal populations at risk of being wiped out by rising sea levels. That path lies in artificial floating islands. The Maldives government is in a joint venture with the architectural firm Dutch Docklands International for the world’s largest artificial floating-island project. The present phase will focus on tourism. In turn super-rich globetrotters will enjoy the high end living activities they are accustomed to without having to fear being suddenly wrapped around a pole and dying.
Dutch designers from Waterstudio as part of the collab will construct a network of floating islands for luxury residences, hotels, convention center, yacht club and a floating golf course. For the number of 400,000 Maldives residents, a next-phase plan is to build islands for affordable housing. “Islands” are in the plural because the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, made up of a chain of islands. These are 1,190 coral islands that are formed around 26 atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers. Sea level has risen since 1900. Scientists predict that the rising sea levels in the future, if ignored, could bring calamity and push the population out of their homes. Via Maldives floating island masterplan tests the waters.