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Published on October 22nd, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

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Oceanworks Plan to Build San Diego Airport on the Pacific Ocean

October 22nd, 2009 by  

[social_buttons] OceanWorksDevelopment; a group of 40 architects and planners has come up with a pretty wild and grandiose (or brilliant and visionary) solution to San Diego’s siting problems for its much needed new airport. Float the entire thing off-shore.

How serious are they? In a legally unprecedented move, OceanWorks CEO Adam Englund has booked the 40,000 square mile space on the Pacific with this claim holding “airport rights”.

“He’d have about as much luck if he claimed the moon,” is how one former board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority described the stake. “While he’s at it, he might want to consider claiming Mars and Uranus as well.”

A company formed to develop ocean-based infrastructure assets is truly about that unprecedented. By sending out claim notices to a wide range of federal and regional officials and agencies, the group seems to be taking the right steps, according to professor Bill Slomanson, who teaches international law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

The idea is it would be a greenpower bonanza: harvesting energy from wind, waves and ocean currents. One of the more useful ideas is to include a renewably powered desalination plant to turn ocean water into drinkable water, large enough to supply both the gigantic structure itself, but land-locked San Diego too.

The airport would only be the roof. Under the airport would be 200 million square feet of rentable space for hotels, restaurants, free trade zones and all that. This $20 billion, 2000-acre development would add more office space than is currently in all of San Diego county…

Image: OceanWorksDevelopment

Source: Infrastructurist


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  • Raum

    This would sound outrageous and crazy if it hasn’t been done before.

    Chubu Centrair International Airport was built on an artificial island in central Japan. Some 11,721,673 people used the airport in the 2006, ranking 8th busiest in the nation.

    Here’s a link with a picture of it from the ministry of land in Japan.

    http://www.mlit.go.jp/koku/english/02_international/chubu.html

  • Raum

    This would sound outrageous and crazy if it hasn’t been done before.

    Chubu Centrair International Airport was built on an artificial island in central Japan. Some 11,721,673 people used the airport in the 2006, ranking 8th busiest in the nation.

    Here’s a link with a picture of it from the ministry of land in Japan.

    http://www.mlit.go.jp/koku/english/02_international/chubu.html

  • Susan Kraemer

    Yep. Underwater tunnels is the plan.

  • Susan Kraemer

    Yep. Underwater tunnels is the plan.

  • Susan Kraemer

    Yep. Underwater tunnels is the plan.

  • This is a made idea. How would you get people to and from the airport, and how would you deal with waste and storage of aviation fuel.

    Nice ideas but what would be the environmental risks.

  • This is a made idea. How would you get people to and from the airport, and how would you deal with waste and storage of aviation fuel.

    Nice ideas but what would be the environmental risks.

  • This is a made idea. How would you get people to and from the airport, and how would you deal with waste and storage of aviation fuel.

    Nice ideas but what would be the environmental risks.

  • This is a made idea. How would you get people to and from the airport, and how would you deal with waste and storage of aviation fuel.

    Nice ideas but what would be the environmental risks.

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