The European micro-nation of Liberland could become the site of the first-ever algae-powered city. The 2.7-square-mile country, located in the Danube River on a disputed piece of land between Serbia and Croatia, held a design competition to select plans for urban development, Inhabitat reported.
Liberland was founded in April 2015 by Czech politician Vít Jedlička, who is now the country's sitting president. As a Libertarian, President Jedlička wanted to start a country where the government didn't interfere with things like freedom, prosperity and overall happiness.
Thanks to harsh restrictions by the Croatian border police, Liberland doesn't technically have any inhabitants (albeit a waiting list of hundreds of thousands) even a year after its conception, but that hasn't stopped the president and his team from planning for the future.
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RAW-NYC won the design challenge for Liberland with a proposal for a deep green mixed-use city, including building layers that stack vertically to accommodate population growth. This architecture technique, known as Inverted Archaeology, is somewhat revolutionary in that it results in very dense, compact, resilient, self-sufficient buildings. The key to the self-sufficiency is that algae will be grown on the underside of each building, providing a source of clean, sustainable energy.
The design is different from most traditional vertically stacked buildings like skyscrapers because the horizontal layers are stacked in a staggered format. Not only does this allow natural light to reach every level, but it also makes it easier to walk between levels so residents can see their neighbors on more than just the ground floor, hopefully encouraging a friendlier living environment.
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