FUTURE SEA CITIES: Freedom's Final Frontier in Pictures

FUTURE SEA CITIES: Freedom's Final Frontier in Pictures
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Best Picture: "Oasis of the Sea" by Emerson Stepp

"The culmination of a cruise or simply an extravagant vacation"--in the words of this open-ocean resort's designer, Minneapolis-based architecture grad student Emerson Stepp--the Seasteading Design Contest's Best Picture winner may seem a bit shy of the Seasteading Institute's stated goals of revolutionizing "the quality of government and social systems worldwide." But then unfettered freedom is what seasteading is all about, including the freedom to build something more Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous than Lord of the Flies.

And like any good hotelier, Stepp is attuned to the needs of his guests. "I tried to make the areas around the structure seem as much like a beautiful urban park as possible," he said in a statement, "to help people acclimate to the new setting."
—Image by Emerson Stepp, courtesy Seasteading Institute
 
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