If there’s one thing that can be said for humankind, it’s that we’re bloody good at adapting. Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 50 years, you probably know that sea levels are rising. You’ll also have heard that a combination of extreme weather events, soil degradation and deforestation are causing devastating floods all over the world.

In 2022, for example, Brazil, Pakistan, and Australia (yes, that famously dry nation) all experienced once-in-a-generation flooding. In Pakistan, nonstop rain in the nation’s most populous region caused the deaths of nearly 700 people and the displacement of over 1.5 million others.

As the world becomes more volatile and sea levels continue to rise, many are wondering if amphibious “floating” villages hold the key. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve relied upon such methods for our survival. For hundreds of years, humans have been inventing ways to live on the water without having to grow gills.

So, what can we learn from these pre-existing amphibious settlements? Below you’ll find five floating villages established out of pure necessity using materials close to hand. From Hungary to Benin, this is our floating world.

Floating settlements from around the world:

Bokod, Hungary

If you find yourself in Budapest, get on a train and head 50 miles west to Oroszlány. From there, you’ll find directions to the village of Bokod. This tranquil settlement, comprised of over two linear miles of stilted cabins, floats above Lake Bokodi, an artificial reservoir created in 1961 by the Oroszlány Thermal Power Company.

To create the lake, a low-lying meadow was flooded, allowing the nearby plant access to cold water for the operation of its boilers. The warm water is then returned to the lake. The lake’s temperate water made it a sought-after spot for local

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