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Title: Floating : National Oceanic Living Atelier
Author: Klever, Nicholas
Abstract: This thesis projects itself into the future to answer the questions of what will happen if the current climate changes continue and we are faced with the rising of the sea. The rising sea levels will reclaim a portion of the land area on all the continents of the world. Approximately seventy five percent of our global population would be forced to relocate because we can not survive underwater. A new community development could be created in such a way that would allow a portion of the population from coastal areas to live on the surface of the water. This is important because if all of the population were to condense onto dry land it would cause problems with providing enough resources to support such a large influx of people. The project would need to provide everything that is necessary for a large population to be self sufficient. A mixed use structure or community would be the only choice for such a project to be successful. This new floating city would focus on bringing the imposing water into the everyday lives of the inhabitants in order to create a way of life that is able to coexist with the aquatic environment. The new development will be focused on a coastal city that has already been devastated by flooding in the aftermath of several hurricanes causing hundreds of thousands to lose their homes, many of which have still not returned. The city of New Orleans has a very rich culture and in order to preserve it they are looking for alternatives to the rudimentary dikes and levees. This would make them more open and receptive to such a forward thinking proposal of a new way of life. Such a development would be a radical change from the current system of living. It would be completely autonomous from any support from the infrastructure that operates on the mainland. Only relying on themselves to gather the necessities the residents would understand and learn how to extract energy and other beneficial resources from the sea. Planning regulations would have to be put in place to regulate the consumption of those resources to ensure that the limits of the marine ecosystem are not strained. The construction of this community would have to protect its residents from the strongest tropical storms that they could experience. This community is meant as a permanent residence for those who lost everything when the rising seas had taken back their shorelines and the cities that so close to the coast.
Date: 2011-05
Subject: New towns.
Offshore structures.
Water and architecture.
New Orleans (La.)
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/16863

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