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thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
hello,
I'm a thesis student and I'm trying to refine some ideas and get the ball rolling. I'm very interested in emergency housing, which got me thinking about global warming and all the hype about LEED design, etc.
But the fact is that some people still doubt global warming is caused by human CO2 emissions, however the rising temperatures and ocean levels are no longer deniable.
Some cultures will be completely wiped out if the current projections of ocean levels rise even the minimal amount. Some of the islands I'm thinking of are Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Solomon Islands.
Anyways, in addition to addressing environmentally friendly building (in response to global warming) I want to provide housing for the people who will be displaced as the oceans rise. Currently, Tuvalu has a deal with New Zealand so that so many people a year can move there because of the upcoming lack of land.
I propose a "floating" (although I'm also exploring the possibility of building off of the now exposed ground/ bedrock) city, of sorts to house these new refugees.
I've seen one other project like this, by Vincent Callebaut, called the lillypad, which is based on the same idea.
I'd like to explore the architects newly found task of reacting not only to the current existing site, but also the possible sight of the changing future.
I'd appreciate any kind of direction, advice, readings, or precedents. Thanks in advance.
Megan Pfeffer
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thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
You talk about rising sea levels and the displacement of human settlements due to that. Then you talk about floating cities to be built on water. taking into consideration Archimedes's ideas what do you think would happen to the water displaced by your floating city? are you really providing a solution or making the problem worse?
T C
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
Hello? Can someone tell me what LEED means?

Maybe Light Emitting Electronic Diode? Or, Leaving Early Everyone Depressed?

The modern fashion for meaningless abreviations is mildly irritating.:(
Frank John Snelling
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
T C
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
Tilanka, Thank you for the full text. :)))

Although the modern fashion for using the word "Leader" for everything sends shivers down my spine as it recalls to me the German word for leader is Fuhrer and the late and unlamented Fuhrer Adolf Hitler favoured what he called the "Fuhrer Prinzip" (Leader Principle). :(
Frank John Snelling
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
Megan, perhaps you could consider what is going to happen to all of the major city ports when the rising sea level displaces millions of people.
Frank John Snelling
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
Megan, some years ago I noted a newspaper article on the artifical creation of reefs by depositing calcium onto wire mesh by electrolysis.

Given that many so-called islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans are "atolls" composed of sand and soil deposited on coral reefs.

Then perhaps this method of island construction which mimics but accelerates the natural deposit of calcium, etc upon submerged objects could be used to redress the balance.

I would even go as far as to say that cars, etc which would normally be crushed and recycled, could be simply dropped into the sea with wire mesh, creating an instant reef and then if you hooked the "reef" up to sun or wave powered electrolysis equipment, this would then kick start the process of depositing calcium onto the reef. :)))
Frank John Snelling
thesis: pacific islands and rising sea level housing
what i don't understand is the need of creating unnecessary amount of islands which would not only cause the rising of sea levels,but also indisputably cause dramatic effects on existing eco-systems.
isn't it highly unlikely that anyone would call that much of a energy wastage eco-friendly or sustainable?
this is also why i don't understand the rationale behind Dubai islands. when they have so much of land which they can develop why should they, in the name of consumerism go and make islands in the sea which will one day effect low lying islands such as my country. may be iv got it all wrong... :(
T C
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