2 SPECULATIVE DESIGN PROJECTS (session 6)

No one really knows what will happen in the future, we can only predict. But at least we notice that the climate is changing. The best example I could think of is the metre of snow that felt in the Sahara Desert. Yes, you read it correctly, it happened in SAHARA DESERT. How crazy is that!

As we are seeing and feeling the changes in the climate we have to think of future climate disaster possibilities around the world. We have to make sure that we and the people around us would be safe if something happens.

For example hurricanes, they are most commonly seen in the United States. The extreme weather makes a huge impact on people’s lives, as I say: ‘’ It makes a 360-degree turn in their life.’’

Today I will give an example of two projects in relation to climate change.

The first example is a company based in the USA and called Deltec Homes.
This a family company that builds innovative, high-performance round homes with respect to the natural world. It seems a normal building company but they are different from everyone else with that they are also inventing future construction of hurricane-proof homes. (Please see image (1) below)

(1) Example Of Deltec Homes

I like their work because they are not only trying to achieve a beautiful look to the houses but also they put the safety under consideration. They are looking at three main things: quality, sustainability and strength.

Mainly the rounded shape of the houses prevents the wind to build up pressure on any side and to cause a structural failure. Also, a roof pitch is made to deflect the wind. The wind energy is scattered instead of being built in one area.

To build stronger houses they have been looking at specific materials. They used plywood sheathing used instead of OSB on exterior walls, roof and floor. It strengthens the home and prevents flying debris from penetrating the structural. The lumber is twice as strong as typical framing material. In addition, they used reinforced windows with impact glass which do not let any wind or water to come in the house.


Drawing Explaining The Idea And Showing Materials

To make the houses more stable they use connectors ties between the walls and the floor, oversized truss hangers to keep the roof system stable and for the whole structural stability they use continuous metal strapping from the roof to the foundation.

In terms of sustainability, the reflective metal roof helps to reduce the heat output in the house. The house also has a solar boiler, which provides continuous hot water. In addition to the sustainability of this project, through proper window placement, it helps to heat and cool the building.

I personally think that this design project is just AMAZING!

The company puts everything under consideration. I like that they think how to secure every little part of the house against a hurricane. Each of the materials is carefully chosen for its purpose. I definitely think that they put a lot of effort, making sure that their design meets the requirements of quality, sustainability an strength.

Referencing:

Year published: 2017
Page Title: A metre of snow falls in the Sahara desert
Website name: The Telegraph
URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/algeria/articles/a-metre-of-snow-falls-in-sahara-desert/
Access date: 02 Jan 2018

Year published: 2018
Page Title: Hurricane Resistance
Website name: Deltec Homes
URL: http://www.deltechomes.com/learn-more/hurricane-resistance/
Access date: 02 Jan 2018

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I want to relate my second example of a speculative design to other natural disasters than the hurricane. FLOOD.

Let me give you a little explanation what exactly is Flood. It usually takes hours or even days to develop, providing residents with enough time to prepare or evacuate. But some of them could be extremely dangerous because they generate quickly and with little warning. The water has awesome destructive power, that bridges, houses, cars, trees can be picked up and carried off.

Let’s get back to the speculative design idea. What do you think about a floating city? It sounds interesting, isn’t it?
The Seasteading Institute is an organisation founded by Patri Friedman and co-founder Peter Thiel. The aim is to build ‘’start-up countries’’ at sea, known as ‘’seasteads’’.  Looking through their website I understand that their goal is to develop ‘’ open spaces for experimenting with new societies’’.  They do not mention to relate their project to climate changes, but I think that could be a potential design idea for a safe place to live after a climate disaster (flood). (Please see image (1) below).

(1) ”Seasteads”

The organization claims that the floating cities will be sustainable and become realistic. Concrete platforms will support three-storey buildings including apartments, offices and hotels for up to 100 years.

According to information from their website, it is expected that between 250 and 300 people will live abroad the settlement. (Please see image (2) below).

(2) Floating City

In relation to my own work, I had to challenge myself few times to invent a future design solution and I always was thinking about only a single building, not a whole city. For me, this example of a dream city could only be an amazing inspiration for potential future projects ideas.

 

Referencing:

Year published: 2017
Page Title: The Oceans Are The Next Frontier
Website name: The Seasteading Institute
URL: https://www.seasteading.org/
Access date: 02 Jan 2018

Year published: 2017
Page Title: The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation
Website name: Dezeen
URL: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/07/24/seasteading-institute-floating-cities-designed-for-unregulated-innovation-architecture-mini-living-initiative/
Access date: 02 Jan 2018

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