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Maldives To Fight Rising Sea Levels With Floating Islands

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On March 5, 2010 @ 8:00 pm In Architecture,Disaster-proof design,Floating Houses,global warming,Water Issues | 9 Comments

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The tiny island nation of the Maldives is under serious threat from rising sea levels [1] caused by climate change. No part of the 1200 islands which make up the Maldives is more than six feet above sea level, so as sea-levels rise [2] (as they will if rampant climate change is not stopped), the entire nation will be under water. Because of this, the Maldives government is pulling out all the stops in the fight against climate change. Not only has the entire country gone carbon neutral [1], educated all of their children in environmental science and furiously built retaining walls around every island, but the government is buying up land in nearby nations [3] as a place to retreat to when the Maldives disappears. Now it appears that the intrepid Maldivians have come up with a new strategy to fight the rising tide: creating mini floating islands!

The Maldives government and Dutch Docklands/Dutch Watervalley [4] just signed an agreement today [5] to develop several floating facilities for the islands, including a convention center and golf courses. Designed by architect Koen Olthuis [6] of Waterstudio.NL [7], the people who brought you the Citadel floating apartment complex [8] and these amazing floating homes [9], the renderings for the amphibious mini-cities appear depict star-shaped, tiered islands with indoor spaces hidden under lush green-roof terraces, complete with interior pools and beaches.


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While exact design details of these new floating islands are still unavailable, we do know that Dutch Docklands [4]knows a thing or two about creating water developments using methods and procedures that reduce impact on underwater [10] life and minimize changes to coastal morphology. We also know that architect Koen Olthuis [6] is a force to be reckoned with, so we can’t wait to see these creative designs come to fruition.

At the signing ceremony, Mahmood Razi, Chairman of the Privatisation Committee said the Maldives plans to seek the assistance of Dutch Docklands [4] to develop floating housing units [9] in the Maldives in the future.

+ Dutch Docklands [4]

+ Waterstudio.NL [7]

Via PresidencyMaldives [5]


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URLs in this post:

[1] serious threat from rising sea levels: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=maldives-drowning-carbon-neutral-by-2009-03-16

[2] as sea-levels rise: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=rising-sea-levels-subject-of-run-up-2009-03-10

[3] government is buying up land in nearby nations: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/10/maldives-climate-change

[4] Dutch Docklands/Dutch Watervalley: http://www.dutchdocklands.com/page/104

[5] signed an agreement today: http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/4/?ref=1,5,3604

[6] Koen Olthuis: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/08/29/interview-koen-olthius-of-waterstudionl/

[7] Waterstudio.NL: http://www.waterstudio.nl/

[8] Citadel floating apartment complex: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/29/the-citadel-europes-first-floating-apartment-complex/

[9] these amazing floating homes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/10/04/amphibious-houses/

[10] water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water/

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