Architects’ answer to rising seas: Floating homes (Casas flotantes como respuesta a la subida del nivel del mar)

Denis D. Gray / The Associated Press

BANGKOK — A floating mosque and golf course for the submerging Maldives islands. Amphibious homes in the Netherlands lifted to safety as waters surge beneath them. A hospital perched on 400 stilts to protect patients from Thailand’s devastating floods and the encroaching sea nearby.

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Around the world architects and city planners are exploring ways mankind and water may be able to coexist as oceans rise and other phenomenon induced by climate change, including extreme, erratic floods, threaten land-rooted living.

With the Dutch at the helm, projects in the cutting-edge field of aqua-architecture are already in place, including a maritime housing estate, floating prison and greenhouses in the Netherlands.

An increasing number are coming on stream, and while earlier blueprints appeared to be the stuff of science fiction, advocates say leaps of imagination are still needed given the magnitude of the danger.

“The focus on floating solutions has grown enormously. It has shifted from freak architecture to more sustainable, flexible alternatives,” says Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, citing growing support by governments and interest among private investors in Asia and Russia.

“We will have to live with a more watery environment. There is no choice,” says Danai Thaitakoo, a Thai landscape architect whose own Bangkok house was swamped last year as the country suffered its worst floods of modern times.

The Thai capital is also among the mega coastal cities projected by the end of this century to lie totally or partially under water as global warming boosts sea levels, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Others include Tokyo, London, Jakarta, Sydney and Shanghai—an apocalyptic prospect of mass migrations and economic crises.


While in earlier decades architects and planners, particularly Japanese and Americans, dreamed of entire marine cities housing millions, most today are proposing a mix of defending communities with barriers and building on water using floating platforms, raised or amphibious structures and solutions still being devised.

“Climate change will require a radical shift within design practice from the solid-state view of landscape urbanism to the more dynamic, liquid-state view of waterscape urbanism,” says Danai, who is involved in several projects based on this principle. “Instead of embodying permanence, solidity and longevity, liquid perception will emphasize change, adaptation.”

In a study for low-lying New York, Olthuis says he envisioned Manhattan ringed by a sea wall with outlying boroughs allowing water to enter and adapting.

The world’s Londons and Bangkoks, he says, may become “hydro-cities,” their historic hearts and concentrated core development waterproofed and other areas “going with the flow.”

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Building on Water to Combat Urban Congestion and Climate Change

Float! Building on Water to Combat Urban Congestion and Climate Change proposes a new way of building: on water instead of on land.

Although the concept may seem revolutionary, it is an obvious solution to overcrowded metropolises. The majority of world cities are situated on the water and have too little space where it’s most needed: in the city centre. Building on water allows inner-city areas to expand.

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Blog Action Day 2011 – Día Internacional de la Alimentación. Misión: Acabar con el Hambre en el Mundo – #bad11

Este 16 de octubre celebramos el Blog Action Day. El tema de este año: Comida.

Web Oficial del Blog Action Day 2011

Why Food?

This year Blog Action Day  coincides with  World Food Day, a time that focuses the world’s attention on food,  something we all have in common.

There is so much to say about food.

We use food to mark times of celebration and sorrow. Lack of access to food causes devastating famines, whilst too much is causing a generation of new health problems.  It can cost the world, or be too cheap for farmers to make a living.

The way we companies produce  food and drinks can provide  important jobs for communities or be completely  destructive to habitats and local food producers.  Food can  give us energy to get through the day or contain ingredients that gives us allergic reactions.

Food can cooked by highly skilled chefs with inventive flair, or mass produced and delivered with speed at the side of road. It can be incredibly healthy or complete junk and bad for your health. It can taste delicious or be a locals only delicacy.

Food is important to our culture, identity and daily sustenance and the team at Blog Action invite you to join us to talk about food.

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Ayer celebramos el #15-O pidiendo un #CambioGlobal, un Mundo más Justo. Un buen comienzo sería acabar con el hambre – un auténtico #GlobalChange como meta para el #BAD que celebramos hoy.


TVE dedica su programación a sensibilizar sobre el problema del hambre en el mundo

La cadena pública dedicará emisiones especiales por al celebración este domingo del Día Mundial de la Alimentación.


Get Involved: Día Mundial de la Alimentación

Descargas sobre el Día Mundial de la Alimentación 2011

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Climate Change is a reality. It’s not an opinion. The Climate Reality Project. Súmate a «Planeta en Movimiento» este 24 de Septiembre.

GreenPeace invita a Participar.

Every day, all over the world, people like you are dedicating their choices to make a sustainable world a reality.

We choose sustainability in our home lives, in our communities, in our political preferences, and in our careers.

Together, these actions are adding up to huge momentum for change. We are slowly building power, but not yet enough to overcome the power of the fossil-fuel lobby.

This month, you are invited to two world – wide events for our global movement for sustainable solutions to build our power.

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