Participant Neil Worrall
Water, water everywhere and nowhere left to live. So what’s the solution? Land takes up under 30% of the world’s surface – a realisation that hit Neil Worrall while he was helping his nine year old son with his geography homework earlier this year. A realisation that formed the basis for his entry into Estates Gazette’s The Next Big Thing competition. “I am an accountant,” says the JLL director. “I was looking at the globe and it struck me that 100% of the world’s population lives on just 29% of the space available. That doesn’t sound right, does it? When you take a step back, the answer to that problem suddenly seems quite clear.”
Introducing Aquacities – Worrall’s plan to address the real danger of rapidly growing populations and overcrowding in cities around the world. It all starts by heading offshore, by at least 12 nautical miles to be exact – and that’s not just for the hell of it. It is all part of Worrall’s grand plan for a series of carbon positive, earthquake and tsunami–proof cities to be built in oceans around the world. By being so far from the nearest coast they would be in international waters and so beyond the realms of any existing state jurisdiction. The plan instead would be to introduce a new UN global governance structure to ensure each of the new cities have an equal chance of flourishing.