Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers
FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as well as the technologies behind them. Eye-catching images, bright neon typography and a well-written narrative all make this a book you will want to have in your collection. Think: Christmas present to yourself — or the architecture lover in your circle.
Q. What are some of the technologies or design features that make living on the water more sustainable, energy-efficient, and/or resource efficient?
A. Sustainability is good, sustainaquality is better! Sustainaquality is sustainability on water by using the unique qualities and conditions of aqua territory. Sustainaquality is the combination of sustainability – aqua- and quality. Cooling wind effects of water, enormous fluid mass with buffer temperature for water cooling, wave and tidal energy as well as floating solar fields.
Q. As sea levels rise, do you think we will realistically see billions people who live on the waterfront transitioning into housing that floats , rather than relocating away from the water line?
A. Urbanization will grow in the coming years and 90% of the metropolises are located near the water, so it is just logical that cities will find a way to live with the water instead of going away. Look at the Dutch — we are living below sea level for hundreds of years instead of leaving for higher Europe. Nobody wants to leave New York, Tokyo or London. We’d rather deal with the sea level rise by using the space in the cities on water.