Waterproofing our future urban landscapes

The threat of rising sea levels are no longer a plot from Waterworld - this year already saw a community of 50 families being relocated in Fiji, away from the rising sea which was destroying homes and crops.

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The inconvenient truth has to be faced and instead of leaving the answers for the next generation to answer, some architects and designers are imagining what the future of our watery urban landscape could look like.

One such firm,, have designed what they call “City Apps” - floating urban structures - from parks, offices, apartments and more. These floating urban spaces can be seen as solutions to changing landscapes, while providing necessary facilities to city dwellers of the future.

The water-based design future they envision is not only a solution to a current problem, but because construction on water is more fluid, it is also more ecologically sound. Instead of demolishing buildings, they are simply adapted to cater for what a society needs. Floating developments are in alignment with a closed loop, cradle to cradle design. A floating development is used, re-modified, restructured, moved, and reused until the product's lifecycle has been completely exhausted, at which point it is recycled, and all wastes associated with this process are appropriately discarded of. The dynamic quality of floating developments and the system of production associated offers a new method of construction that is minimally invasive.

Floating City Apps

 Although floating technology may not be the answer to every problem, water-based urbanism is set to transform communities around the world. Traditional, static cities will become more dynamic. The foundations necessary to entertain innovative creations that will give shape to the future already exist. City Apps have the potential to affect communities all around the world, with a wide spectrum of known applications and an endless amount of possibilities. 

It is important to fearlessly confront challenges and failures with the courage to think outside the box and not to rely on conventional ways that are proving to come up short. Changing the perception towards water-based developments is crucial to finding opportunities that will provide greener, safer, and more flexible urban developments. 

An open mind will prepare cities for the global challenges yet to come by providing economical, political, and environmental freedom and prosperity. The city of tomorrow is fast, flexible, conscious, and water-based.

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