Iceberg Trading Post / Alexandre Braleret

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With Greenland’s glaciers turning into icebergs, this could be considered as a sustainable motive force for Greenland economy by reactivating “white gold rush”. In response to this, the Iceberg Trading Post project, by Alexandre Bralerest, proposes icebergs as mass shipping supported by a constellation of ice-recycling trading posts along the west coast of Greenland. The “21st century Iceberg Trading Post” is a central rig system that mediates local market, iceberg transportation, price setting, harvesting deck and scientific facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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“This country of 56.000 souls could act as Polar Emirates […] New cities will raise from the ground, gathering thousands of foreign workers and giving Greenland an unique prosperity…”- Emmanuel Hussenet. Global warming has a double side effect on frozen territories: it turns upside down local environments as it reveals unconsidered lands.

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Greenland’s massive glaciers represent 7% of the world’s fresh water resources and 177 billion tons of fresh water are turning into slush before vanishing in the sea every year. Far from science-fiction, iceberg shipping is an actual prospect: initiated in 1972 by the prince of Soudan Mohamed Al-Faisal, it is today on its way to be realized thanks to George Mougin in collaboration with Dassault System.

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This project tries to anticipate next fresh water conflicts and depict an hypothetical Polar Eldorado that merges future Arctic zone dilemma in terms of resources, extreme latitudes living conditions and specific nature of these territories.

Architect: Alexandre Braleret
Location: , Greenland
Area: 10,000 – 15,000 m²

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Iceberg Trading Post / Alexandre Braleret" 29 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=266778>