Global warming is become a major threat to our planet. What accompanies this disaster is the rise in sea levels due to melting polar ice caps. Coastal cities and towns are under threat and so are low lying lands. So, as we cannot grow gills and swim we are bound to find new ways to live within our watery environment. Thus the rise in sea levels due to global warming is creating an interest for floating buildings.
People will now live and work on water, as planning ideologies shift from building flood defences to accepting that seas and rivers cannot be ignored forever.
Given the impact of climate change, we can begin to think a lot more about the opportunity for living with water as opposed to fighting it and doing land reclamation,” said architect Kunlé Adeyemi who designed Makoko floating school in Niegeria’s largest city,Lagos. This building is a prototype for part of a larger research project called African Water Cities, which aims to build new infrastructure in waterside areas. Adeyemi is based in Netherlands whose 1/4th area lies below sea level.Netherland leads the world in water management and has developed sophisticated planning policies that encourage water-based living.
For which the waterways first must be improved.Waterways are often considered as a ‘backyard where waste is dumped’ rather than an asset, but now the climate change would force people to start reconsidering their relationship with water. If focus is turned back towards this asset, this natural resource, we could start treating it better and improving the condition of the waterways.
Improved waterways and increase in floating architecture will prove that we are not scared of but a step to accept the reality.
Thus before we all run for the hills there are ways that architecture can integrate the design of buildings into their aquatic surroundings, giving us the possibility of living with this new world.
Adeyemi Kunlé,2012 http://www.nleworks.com/case/makoko-floating-school/
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