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William Erwin

William Erwin

Phoenix, AZ, US

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SeaScraper
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SeaScraper

As global population continues to rise urban centers are becoming increasingly dense. It will be necessary to develop areas previously believed to be uninhabitable. 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, the Seascraper will provide a low impact sustainable living environment in the ocean. The Seascraper is essentially a floating city, it will consist of homes, commercial space, recreation areas, and produce all of the energy necessary to support these functions. Seascrapers will be located where deep sea current is adequate for the production of power, for example, the Gulf Stream. Tethered to the hull, turbines will reach to depths ranging from 800 - 1200ft and harvest ocean currents. A flexible photovoltaic skin will also generate a large amount of energy. The concave shape of the seascraper not only allows light
to penetrate to the lower levels, but collects and processes rainwater. Freshwater will also be created in a small scale desalination plant located in the lower industrial core. The long tubes originating from the base of the seascraper assist in the creation of artificial reef systems surrounding the city by pumping
deep, nutrient rich water closer to the surface. These nutrients encourage the growth of phytoplankton, the building blocks of marine habitat.

 
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Status: Competition Entry

 
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