||C. M. Wang, B. T. Wang
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The recent decades have been marked by an unprecedented acceleration in the growth of the world's population. Now standing at over seven billion people, the world's population is expected to rise in this fashion until most countries become fully developed. The need to accommodate this expanding population through new spaces for habitation, work, infrastructure, recreation, storage, and food production; and the necessities of exploiting land-locked resources have increased pressure on governments to release and rezone near-city land-parcels for urban expansion. Ocean space colonisation is one way in which engineers, architects, and urban planners have been engaging with the challenge of providing more space and energy resources for people. This compilation of key floating structures in a single volume captures the innovative features that mark the technological advances made in this field of engineering, and will provide a useful reference for ideas, analysis, design, and construction of these unique and emerging urban projects to offshore and marine engineers, urban planners, architects, and students.