TECHKNOW: Things to come ... Globetrotting Cities

TECHKNOW: Things to come ... Globetrotting Cities - A permanent life on the ocean wave recently became a reality with the Norwegian vessel World, a residential ship offering luxury apartments and tax-haven status to the super-rich. But at 196m long, it's

by JAMES WOUDHUYSEN, James@Woudhuysen.com
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

A permanent life on the ocean wave recently became a reality with the Norwegian vessel World, a residential ship offering luxury apartments and tax-haven status to the super-rich. But at 196m long, it's a minnow compared to the craft proposed by Freedom Ship International, an engineering start-up in Sarasota, Florida.

The 'ultimate living environment' will, at 1,370m long, be the largest vessel ever, if built. It will have to remain at sea. You'll land by hydrofoil or by turboprop on the airstrip assembled, like its schools, hospitals, casinos and manufacturing facilities, offshore. Freedom will be a modular barge of 25 storeys. Homes start at dollars 212,000.

The firm submitted early plans to the SEC in April, and an IPO is on the far horizon.

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