I very much agree with advantages of starting small. As for fractals and “modularity”, when l look at maps of already existing cities I do notice, like in all organisms, fractal patterns, but more often than not they are not planned in a central or monolithic way and whimsical irregularity strikes out even in New World cities. Planned cities like Brasilia, Canberra or Yamoussoukro either fail or grow into a mess of labyrinthine suburbs. The leafs of plants, or the organs of animals, are in fact always fractal but not necessarily regular, and every integrating cell is slightly differently shaped (even when specialized to perform the same function).
If you look at the Ramform set up, which emulates in the high seas, the conditions found in the protected fjords of the NorthWest (pictured below) you may notice it is an incremental approach and there is a fractal element to be found, although no apparent modules.
The Tubular Sea-Homes, or superficial, semisubmerged, or underwater blimps, could be slightly larger than a sailboat, perfect for 1 or 3 people, or, as pictured, large enough for one big family or an extended Bundy family (whose neighbors can benefit from the option of floating away from) jk/
Each “cell” (sea tube) could work and even be seaworthy in itself. In array as pictured they could harness tidal energy, and form a big enough community to allow for some specialization.
There might be a difference between a homestead which implies certain isolation, family ties and certain energy self-sufficiency; and a larger attempt at a floating community that allows for specialized units, including individuals and small urban-type families.
The sea tubes or pods might be more useful in an array, communal set up which allows for even the smallest pods to barnacle to the cluster.
But since you mentioned: [quote=“groggygroggy, post:27, topic:1453”]
1 family. I call this a COMPLEX Building Block.
The Bundy’s are a family. They are somewhat of an extended family…there are probably around 30 members.
[/quote] Let’s tackle the open water, seaworthy floating homestead, one that could stand alone in total autonomy.
A small “ramform” concrete migrant island with one side just tall enough to produce a freak-wave piercing bow, and an opposite side, a moonpool, open to the water and its bounties, would be just large enough to accommodate two associated families or an extended family with enough storage and docking space to conduct diverse activities that can lead to energetic (i.e. food) self sufficiency.
You could picture this as the house and barn of a deep sea-farm: