Will the World's Next Great City Be Sited on a Cruise Ship?

Amy Schellenbaum
Curbed
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While the world has noshortage of pie-in-the-sky renderings for floating cities, a new proposal by Silicon Valley start-up Blueseed is perhaps the first to invoke entrepreneurial spirit and the American Dream in its soapbox pitch. Looking for a way to give foreign-born tech entrepreneurs access to the enterprising atmosphere of Silicon Valley, the founders of Blueseed are hoping to revamp an old cruise ship to create a community, of sorts, 12 nautical miles off California's coast in international waters, so international techies could live within commuting distance without a work visa. With a simple business tourism visa, denizens of the vessel could take a 30-minute boat ride to the mainland once or twice a week. Of course, creating an inhabitable community on water—one that people would live on six months or a year at a time—requires some interior design finagling, including incorporating lots of light and open space. More below.

In true tech start-up style, the design of the floating micro-city is meant to promote the open exchange of ideas, featuring tree-lined promenades, shops, and cafés, as well as an open workspace carved into what used to be the cruise ship's buffet area.

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Lots of light and bright colors are also in the plans. "You already feel isolated on a ship," Marty says. "We don't want people to feel like they're cooped up in the middle of a dark building."

Blueseed still needs $18M (of the $27M required, total) before any building can take place, but if this actually gets rolling, Mart imagines he'll charge organizations anywhere between $1,200 a month to house their employees in a shared cabin to $3,000 a month per person. Just what everyone wants to do: shack up with their coworkers!

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