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Wetropolis: A Floating City that Survives the Ebb and Flow of Shifting Tides
Posted By Lori Zimmer On August 14, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Water Issues | 2 Comments
Bangkok-based architecture firm S+PBA recently unveiled plans for a self-sustaining floating city that can thrive with the ebb and flow of rising tides. Dubbed "A Post Diluvian Future", the "wetropolis" allows Bangkok to live with natural flooding instead of resisting it while creating a homeostasis that detoxifies the region's polluted waters.
S+PBA’s home city of Bangkok  is rapidly sinking as it is eroded each year by floods of seawater that invade the city. A UN study claims that most of the city will become marshes by 2050. The city was built on marshy lands  300 years ago, but the grounds are rapidly deteriorating. The skyrocketing population and development of the city above has caused the underground aquifers to become over exhausted, making them unable to handle the flood waters.
The city is surrounded by polluted water  fields, left over from the once burgeoning shrimp farm industry. The water fields are bought by developers, who in turn continue to build upon them, which has only worsened the city’s sinking state.
Bangkok has always been flushed with sea water, so S+PBA propose that the city learns to deal with it, and accept it as a constant, rather than a flood crisis. Embracing the water, they call their new Waterworld-style city plan a “Wetropolis .” The vegetation basis for the Wetropolis is a forest of indigenous mangroves , which the government is already trying to implement in Bangkok. The mangroves naturally filter water, and they also supply fresh oxygen and natural cooling. As the water is filtered, shrimp farming can flourish in a sustainable manner. The community will live above the water fields in a network of interconnected homes, walkways, and roads, with curvaceous lines that emulate the rippling water below.
S+PBA’s Wetropolis allows Bangkok to live with natural flooding instead of resisting it while creating a homeostasis that detoxifies  the region’s polluted waters.
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Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Bangkok: http://inhabitat.com/temple-of-a-million-bottles/
 marshy lands: http://inhabitat.com/chicago-environmental-center-is-a-carbon-neutral-urban-nest/
 polluted water: http://inhabitat.com/exxonmobil-oil-spill-ravages-the-shores-of-the-yellowstone-river/
 Wetropolis: http://inhabitat.com/floating-water-lily-islands-would-delight-tourists-and-soak-up-solar-rays/#ixzz1Ss4E461D
 mangroves: http://inhabitat.com/joysxee-is-a-real-eco-paradise-island-that-floats-atop-garbage/
 detoxifies: http://inhabitat.com/giant-mangrove-patch-office-tower-rotates-to-provide-splendid-views-of-java-sea/
 + S+PBA: http://spluspba.weebly.com
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/152649/water-curse-or-blessing-exhibition-spba/
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