How to Float

So how can you float?

On water, air, space…

Below is then some examples I found that could explain and help us choose how we could make our city float.

Some examples of structures floating on water. Notice the differences in form and shape in the different structures. Could different structures have different pro’s and con’s when compared and contrasted to each other?


This board has a main focus on organic structures, the focus on these from my point of view was looking at what forms already exist in nature and could they be the solution to how the city can float.

An idea then to develop the idea of nature based forms was to look at molecules and how they work. The video above explains the movements and action of molecule structures. This is the same idea as above but on a much smaller scale. If it can work on a small scale why wouldn’t it work on a larger scale.

Top 10 Plants You Can’t Kill

This link then is a list of plants and weeds that you can’t kill, although this may sound strange it does trigger some thoughts.

If certain plants and weeds can be killed, what then makes them so strong? What qualities do they posses and is it down to natural section. Basically the weak is killed first.

What if you could then replicate the form of the plants and build it bigger?


Magnets Man…

12 Awesome Magnetic Levitation Thingies that You’ve Got To See (video)

Another possible idea is the use of a magnetic field to keep the city floating. Some research above was just to see if it was possible and more so realistic. Some of the links above are to products that already exist and some are showing you ways that we could mimic the process? The magnetic field could add to the contrast between natural and synthetic.


“A propeller is a type of fan that transmits power by converting rotational  motion into thrust. A pressure difference is produced between the forward and rear surfaces of the airfoil-shaped blade, and a fluid (such as air or water) is accelerated behind the blade. Propeller dynamics, like those of aircraft wings, can be modelled by either or both Bernoulli’s  principle  and Newton’s third law. A marine propeller of this type is sometimes colloquially known as a screw propeller or screw, however there is a different class of propellers known as cycloidal propellors- they are characterised by the higher propulsive efficiency averaging 0.72 compared to the screw propellers average of 0.6 and the ability to throw thrust in any direction at any time. Their disadvantages are higher mechanical complexity and higher cost.”



So the final way that you could float is the old fashioned way of flying. Propellors are an effective way of keeping afloat. The Wright Brother’s are a perfect example of how it can be done. Back then there wasn’t the greatest in terms of the materials there was available but they still managed to do it.

So why not keep to a classic? Hopefully this research will help us make the ‘Wright’ decision for how to keep the city afloat.


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