WATER DISASTER > WATER CITIES
The year is 2108. The polar ice caps have melted. The sea level has risen. Water has invaded every major city along the east coast. A network of cities that had been developed along fault lines to enable trade and transit 300 hundred years ago now stands inundated by water. The same water which provided these cities sustenance now threatens their existence. The American megalopolis lays drowning and gasping for air. Buildings are entirely submerged; windows have popped out of their sills. The ground is out of reach. People cannot stand, they can only swim. What happens now?
But water in all its ferocity still remains sublime. As the most threatening substance, it is simultaneously of utmost beauty. In this scenario water plays the paradoxical role of both the enemy and the only hope for survival.
-Guy Nordenson project
-Human habitation always occurs in the most unstable places.
-Humans have a history of living where they should not, and a history of facing natural disasters.
-Many cities already are water cities:
-If one looks to the past—many innovative ways of looking at the merging of water and architecture.
Examples: Islamic cities-Fes
-in the past was a celebration of architecture and water
-modernism forged water into its utilitarian role and it became increasingly privatized and hidden in pipes
-revival of celebration of water begins to be seen in the 80s
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