Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pontoon City

Architecture that can float is now very much in vogue.

The Dutch engineering firm Dura Vermeer has committed itself to building floating towns (aka pontoon cities). An entire flotilla of floating greenhouses as The New York Times writes, "For the first time in its long history, the Netherlands has begun to strategically uncreate itself," in the face of future oceanic flooding. Starting in 2005, the government planned a 15-year program to buy up land and reserve it as flood plain, mostly along riverbanks. The Dutch are also exploring a solution as old as the first flood – “floating architecture."Part of this architecture plan is a mix of urbanism-meets-the-hovercraft . At very least, the design plans included floating railway yards, tugboats and cargo, floating greenhouses for continuous supply of fruits and vegetables, built in water-purification systems, and more.

With such as philosophical change, the city officials began to wonder if a floating concrete superhighway that drifts across the Pacific Ocean would be necessary. Let’s just stick to jet skis for now. To see more ideas visit Core 77-Surviving the Flood.

Source: Credit to BLDG Blog


Zebra Mussel said...

floating cities would be uber sak-say and create valuable habitat for aquatic species... so long as these flotillas were not polluting. On the flip side, the close human inhabitants are to waters owned by mother nature, the greater the typical impact is... based on my professional experience. Did you ever see all those syringes washing up on the shores of Lake Erie in the late 1980's? A bit more obvious than methyl-mercury in the lake... and sharper also. TERRA PRIMA! - ZM

Sustaino - said...

Yes I remember those days of seeing needles wash up near Cedar Point. However the thought of at least exploring floating cities is ideal. We can implement protocols and systems to reduce waste and the impact on the aquatic life, structural units and humans quality of life. We are getting close and just need the intiative!