Perhaps the man most likely to personify Jules Verne in the 20th Century was R. Buckminster Fuller. In the 1960's, almost a century after Jules Verne fantasized about marine-centric life, Fuller was commissioned to help solve the housing problems of Tokyo. He chose to design a huge housing development on pontoons for 300,000 people in Tokyo Bay. The housing units were designed as modules prefabricated on land and shipped into place on the water. The methodology and systems for such a floating neighborhood on the water was eventually labeled Triton City and a scaled-down version was later considered for construction in Baltimore.
Credit: The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller