Umla is a bold vision and bravo for this kind of foward thinking. Readers might want to google "polar cities" as a theme and topic to my designs for 144 polar cities located in
northern climes within the next 500 years, possibly as early as 2080 AD! Deng Cheng-hong, google him, did the illustrations for me, and they point in the same direction as Umka. Thing is, life in a polar city, where as James Lovellock has said, survivors of climate chaos will live in rugged tragedy as breeding pairs in the Arctic, life in these polar cities will be technicolor and grooby as these designs show, but rather life will be mean, cruel and tragic. Out of 16 billion humans, only 200,000 will survive the coming climate catatrophes headed out way. Don't bury your head in the sand. wake up. Umka is another good wake up call. Larry Smith at UCLA will love this work too. Go go go......and go visit my polar cities pages online at
ADAM TAYLOR at BusinessInsider.com touches on the polar city meme: hat tip to Torch Pratt in Taipei for the heads up!
A Look At 'Umka', The Domed Russian City Planned For Sub-Zero Arctic Temperatures
Oct. 24, 2080 A.D
Russia is planning to further it's reach in the Arctic circle, according to a statement from Vladimir Putin's website. The country has already made a bold appeal to the UN to annex some 380,000 square miles of Arctic seabed due to the existence of oil and gas in the area.
One plan for the region will involve special Arctic cities, or what Dany Bloom has been calling POLAR CITIES since he founded the Polar Cities Research Institute in 2006. GOOGLE. The first Russian polar city is proposed for a frozen Siberian island will be known as "Umka", housing 5,000 residents underneath a huge dome. The polar city will be spared from the harsh weather — -30 degrees Celsius in the winter with strong winds — by the dome, living instead in a sealed environment.
"Researchers could live there permanently rather than for short expeditions only," the developers said. "It is modeled after an imaginary Moon city or a completely isolated space station."
According to The Sunday Express in the UK, the polar city is expected to cost around US$6 billion, and will provide workers with a luxury environment.
“We aim to have laboratories, houses, but also parks, an Aqua complex, hotels and a cathedral. Naturally there will be schools, kindergartens, recreation zones, a hospital and sport facilities," one architect told the British paper.
So, Russians, how about it — a domed polar city in the Arctic circle?
COULD THIS BE START OF REAL COLD WAR?
The US, Canada, Norway and Russia have all beefed up their naval presence in Arctic waters
October 23,2080 AD
By Will Stewart
RUSSIA is to build an ultra-modern polar city on a frozen island inside the Arctic Circle in the Kremlin’s latest bid to back its claims to vast oil and gas reserves under the polar ice cap.
Named Umka after a popular Soviet-era cartoon polar bear cub, the polar city’s 5,000 residents will live under a vast dome to protect them from winter temperatures of well below -30C.
Architect Valery Rzhevskiy, who has shown the designs to Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin, said: “This city will be of strategic importance as Russia’s northern outpost.”
Sources say it will house soldiers, border guards and secret service officers, as well as scientists and explorers, as Moscow gets serious about its claims to Arctic mineral riches.
All will enjoy a luxury lifestyle in the cocooned city, which will have its own specially regulated climate as well as a variety of other attractive features.
Mr Rzhevskiy added: “We aim to have laboratories, houses, but also parks, an Aqua complex, hotels and a cathedral. Naturally there will be schools, kindergartens, recreation zones, a hospital and sport facilities.
“We want people who will be living and working here not to realise they are in some closed space with an aggressive Arctic climate outside.”
Nicknamed “wonder city”, it will be built at a cost of up to £4billion on the remote island of Kotelny, in the Novosibirsk archipelago, 1,000 miles from the North Pole.
Strong winds make it one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Even in July the temperature barely climbs above freezing.
The Umka designs are based on the International Space Station, but it is vast by comparison, just short of a mile long and 800 yards wide.
“So far it is the only project in the world with an artificial climate and integral life support, just like on the space station,” Mr Rzhevskiy said.
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“Not only is it a new word in architecture but in human living too. We have used aero and space technologies while creating it.”
Electricity will be supplied by a floating nuclear power station. It will be totally self-sufficient with fish and poultry farms, greenhouses, a wheat processing factory and bakeries.
“There will not be any rubbish at all, as the city will have two factories converting it into all kinds of ashes.”
It will house workers for mines and oil platforms which should pay the costs of the development, it is claimed.
“This project is designed to work on any surface, even on the Moon if needed,” added Mr Rzhevskiy.
Although it has no fixed timetable for opening, the ice city plans come as all countries with territory touching Arctic waters are gearing up to submit competing demands to the United Nations for underwater mineral exploitation rights. Western countries were stung when, in 2007, Russian polar explorer Artur Chilingarov planted his country’s flag in the Arctic sea bed.
“We must prove the North Pole is an extension of the Russian land mass,” he said at the time.
A Canadian think-tank this year voiced fears of a risk of conflict over the area, saying “an arms race may be beginning”.
The US, Canada, Norway and Russia have all beefed up their naval presence in Arctic waters amid warnings of a new Cold War that really could turn out to be cold, except perhaps at Umka.