Dealing with the effects of climate change
A Bangkok-based architecture firm recently unveiled its vision for a floating city that could deal with the threat of rising sea levels. Set in what they dub a “Post Diluvian Future”, this design would allow Bangkok to rise and fall with the tides.
Bangkok’s foundations are rapidly sinking due to erosion caused by yearly floods of seawater. Overpopulation and rising sea levels have been accelerating this process, and one recent UN study found that most of the city will become marshland by 2050.
This proposed design seeks to embrace the change in a Waterworld-inspired city dubbed by S+PBA as “Wetropolis”. Mangroves would serve as natural water filters, as well as supplying fresh oxygen and natural cooling. The filtered water could then be used for shrimp farming. People would live above the water fields in an interconnected network of buildings, walkways and roads.
China might well be wealthy enough to afford such radical changes to their cities. The rest of the world will likely not be so lucky, but might have no other choice. If you think that the cost of acting now to reduce the impacts of human-induced climate change are high (when they are clearly minimal compared to something like the GST), then consider the cost of implementing something like this on a mass scale.