In response to rising sea levels, the mission was to design a sustainable city for displaced residents of Manila Bay while simultaneously restoring marine ecology by combating pollution, ocean acidification and coral hypoxia.

The site was chosen based on research on coastal megacities facing displacement due to hazards related to global warming. The greater South China Sea is plagued by pollution, coral devastation and is already inundated by sea level rise. Manila in particular has reached a critical state and faces an unfortunate future. Because of these reasons – and because the subtropical climate can be leveraged for its sustainable resources – Manila Bay was chosen.

The concept of the city at sea is to embrace the water rather than run from it; to clean the environment instead of pollute it. An extension of Manila and its environment and the vindication of terrestrial malpractice.