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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!
Q. What about large off-shore farms? Do you see floating farms as a viable food production method?
A. Yes — not the main source of providing food — but because you can grow on water close or in a city, it could be the answer for cities which want to become less dependent on food from centralized production. The next step in worldwide food production is towards local foods that don’t have travel over the whole world before they are on your plate — this is necessary for a more sustainable world.
Q. What kind of safety mechanisms are available to protect floating buildings from the threat of flooding or tsunamis? Specifically, if a country like the Maldives were rebuilt as a floating country, how do they protect themselves against a rogue wave?
A. When countries like the Maldives fall victim to sea level rise and are replaced by floating communities, those will be on open water. In the Maldives however, the wave climate is quite mild. Waves above a meter in the atolls and lagoons are rare. Tsunamis have no landmass to build up to, so the wave stays just within acceptable ranges. I think you are better off on the water when a tsunami hits your country then on land.
Q. How can we use floating architecture to improve water quality and reduce our environmental impact?
A. Floating developments can be scarless developments, leaving no carbon footprint during their lifetime and no physical footprint after their lifespan. Sustainaquality provides us with new possibilities to make more effective sustainable developments. The temperature on the water in hot countries is always better than on land. Water-cooling and wind cooling are new forms of energy sources that will open the road for cities on water with less environmental impact.
Cities are dynamic and we should provide cities with dynamic floating components to change and adapt when needed without impacting the environment.
Images Courtesy of Waterstudio
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