BUOYANCY AND LIFT (FLOATING CITIES)
In a world of climate change, refugees, and displaced peoples in crisis, Pamphlet Architecture asks for visions on the concept of BUOYANCY AND LIFT (FLOATING CITIES). Proposed solutions will provide housing, clinics, and other community services to 1,500 - 2,000 inhabitants with incremental additions while incorporating innovative technologies.
While there were several Floating Cities proposed as visions of future architecture in the twentieth-century such as Kiyonori Kikutake’s Marine City (1958), Ron Herron of Archigram’s Walking City (1960s), Kenzō Tange’s Tokyo Bay Plan (1961), and Buckminster Fuller’s Triton City (1967), the twentieth-century adds a new urgency to this potential vision. With climate change raising the planet’s sea levels, there may be many climate refugees in the future. The new technologies of solar power, ocean tidal power, electricity storage, and solar desalination for fresh water revise the potential for new Floating Cities.
With an average ground-level elevation of approximately five feet above sea level, the island country of the Maldives could be the first nation in history to be fully submerged by the rising ocean. Ice melts at a rate of more than 86,000 square kilometers per year. This melting ice will continually add water to the sea level. In the future, urban habitats that float and rise may be intelligent. New organizations such as The Seasteading Institute—founded in San Francisco in 2008—and DeltaSync in the Netherlands provide topical reasoning.
This Pamphlet Architecture call is focused on the architectural language and spatial potential of this new type of city. It engages questions of spatial energy, the quality of light, water, and amenities for these habitats.
DEADLINE: JUNE 21, 2016, 10:00AM
All submittals are to be sent as hard copies in the Pamphlet Architecture booklet format of 7” x 8.5” to facilitate jury deliberation. Submittals must arrive at Princeton Architectural Press’ office located at 37 East 7th Street, #3, New York, NY 10003.
TitleCall for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture 36
TypeCall for Submissions
Submission DeadlineJune 21, 2016 10:00 AM
VenuePrinceton Architectural Press