Quartz reports that underwater habitat architect Jacques Rougerie has unveiled a bold concept for a floating city that can house up to 7,000 people.
The vessel, dubbed “City of Mériens,” takes the form of a manta ray and is designed to be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce no waste. ("Mériens" is a word Rougerie created to mean "people of the sea.")
Most of the inhabitants will be scientists and students studying the ocean, and they'll be able to use the facility's laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, and leisure activity space. The City of Mériens will be 3,000 x 1,600 feet.
This isn't the first roving laboratory designed by Rougerie. His SeaOrbiter ship is currently under construction. The first section of the vessel was completed in May 2015. Microsoft and National Geographic are among the project's financial partners.