The Seasteading Institute's floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation

A plan to build self-sufficient floating cities outside of national borders features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series.

The Seasteading Institute is a non-profit organisation founded by political economic theorist Patri Friedman and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel.

The organisation aims to build “start-up countries” at sea, known as “seasteads”, that offer greater freedom for innovation in science, technology and politics.

According to its website, the institute’s goal is to develop “open spaces for experimenting with new societies” in order to “allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for how to live together”.

The company claims that building floating cities will offer an alternative to conventional models of governance, with few regulations.

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