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He’s at it again with his visionary masterpieces! Now Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has envisaged a futuristic 3D-printed ocean city, extending 1,000 metres below the water into the depths of the sea.

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His ‘oceanscraper’ is in fact printed in 3D from the ‘seventh continent’s garbage’ (the 7th continent being Aequorea, a fictional water-city off the coast of Rio de Janeiro). It  name is taken from the bio-luminescent jellyfish called aequorea victoria.

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This project highlights the potential of waste and humankind’s current squandering of natural resources on both land and sea.

Model

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A series of domed marines (500 metres in diameter) offer entry to each oceanscraper. Rather than fossil fuels, its citizens would sustain their new aquatic life with renewable energy sources with the structure itself being made from algoplast (an invented composite material made from algae and rubbish). It could be 3D-printed to produce 1,000 metre deep towers holding 20,000 inhabitants called aquanauts.

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It’s definitely an ambitious project, however, Callebaut continues to profoundly highlight the potential of architecture for the future benefit of Humankind and the great risk we take if we continue to avoid such climatic issues. Enjoy!}

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