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Climate Change: Will We See Floating Architecture?

“Given the impact of climate change, we can begin to think a lot more about the opportunity for living with water as opposed to fighting it,”

~Kunle Adeyemi, Architect

In an age where we grapple with the effects of climate change and rising water level across the globe, the question now becomes how will our cities properly deal with the challenge? Some in the architectural community put forward the idea that floating buildings will be the answer moving forward. These innovative ideas are being promoted in a wide variety of designs in various locations around the world. Solutions that are being offered range from floating prefab homes to entire neighborhoods that are totally amphibious.

Core samples, tide gauge readings, and most recently, satellite measurements tell us that over the past century, the Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) has risen by 4 to 8 inches. However, the annual rate of rise over the past 20 years has been 0.13 inches a year, roughly twice the average speed of the preceding 80 years. When sea levels rise rapidly, as they have been doing, even a small increase can have devastating effects on coastal habitats. As seawater reaches farther inland, it can cause destructive erosion, wetland flooding, aquifer and agricultural soil contamination, and lost habitat for fish, birds, and plants.

With the ever-increasing threat of rising water, a community that has pioneered the idea of water-based living is the Netherlands. With over half of its landmass underwater, the Netherlands have mastered the art of water management, namely through an effective and creative canal system. Climate change has forced that creativity forward to find more ambitious ways to transform its cities. In Amsterdam, you will find innovative houseboats all around the city. One of the most creative designs is a slatted timber structure that floats and has one story submerged below the water level. Designs now exist for an entire housing complex that can float and is set on artificial islands.

Other examples of floating architectural design that are meeting the challenges of rising water levels can be found in Lagos, Nigeria, which is battling significant rises in tides and water levels. Architect Kunle Adeymi has designed numerous floating buildings in the region, including schools and radio stations. Other innovations are being offered by teams from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Their idea was to design and build prefabricated houses that can be shipped and assembled anywhere in the world.

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Olympic Architecture: Designing for Gold

Olympic architecture as a competitive sport? Can you imagine architects competing for silver, gold and bronze medals in a global athletic event? There was a time that it was a competitive event. It was extremely important to  the overall culture of the Olympics. Imagine for a moment your favorite architect being able to qualify for competition, to be considered for an Olympic medal based on the judges’ evaluation of their work.

Architects Compete For Gold

Every Olympic games, the public debates heatedly about the true ‘sport’ of some events in the global competition. From event to event, certain sports are added to the competition, with others being dropped from the games. Fans of the Olympics sometimes struggle with the dilemma of what qualifies as a ‘sport’ for competition. From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics were much more encompassing events, recognizing all contributions to the cultural and sporting competition. During that period, the games included medals for the arts, literature, and architecture, as part of the slate of events, even awarding medals for town planning. The original vision of the Olympics was to provide a competition of sport, instead of what was more common, a competition using weapons and acts of war. The inclusion of these artistic categories ensured a wider range of human endeavors and the importance of architecture to the future of the host city. It also makes sense that good, sustainable design would be celebrated. The only Americans to win architecture medals during this period were Charles Downing Lay, who created the Marine Park in Brooklyn, and John Russell Pope, who was given a silver for his design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. Pope’s Gothic Revival giant, an outsized, 12-acre sports facility nicknamed the “temple of sweat,” is still in use today.

The Gold Goes To ADG Lighting

Even though the Olympic competition has changed since that period, we feel strongly that ADG Lighting could easily compete and win the gold! Our creativity and expertise makes us competitive against all others in the industry. Our extensive press page details the success of ADG Lighting across the industry. Our work has been viewed millions of times online and featured in several media outlets, including 20/Twenty Architectural & Beyond, California Homes Magazine, Elle Decor, SFV Business Journal, Architectural Digest, Institute of Classical Architecture Publications, Wall Street Radio, Fox News Charlene on Green Hawaii, North American Design’s Green Leaders of Tomorrow, LA City Watch, LUXE Magazine + other award-winning magazines, books, programs and properties around the world. 

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