Think about it –threats like economic collapse, global warming, terrorism, nuclear war, and dwindling energy supplies aren’t fallacies. So called ‘Preppers’ are already one step ahead hoarding supplies and making shelters. It’s estimated there are three million Preppers in the U.S. alone, and the number is rising.
In Houston Texas ‘the walking dead escape’ based on the TV show helps participants hone survival skills. Although it seems silly, getting ready for the zombie apocalypse might just save your life—in the event of a hurricane, terrorist attack or other disaster.
Floating homes could be a solution. There are two types; permanently floating homes and homes that float only when flood waters swell, but sit on the ground during the dry season. Considering same for threatened shorelines, this is one way to plan for the future. These are built on a steel platform structure with steel pontoons. Or, a steel frame that holds the flotation blocks is attached to the underside of the house. There are four ‘vertical guidance’ poles not far from the corners of the house. The tops of the poles are attached to the steel frame.
Here are a few ready-made designs – they’re mostly to solve flooding issues in their areas but serve the same purpose:
Portland, Oregon, Fennell Residence — Robert Harvey Oshatz Architects.
Pictures: Cameron Neilson , Oshatz
Holland. This is a two level home. The bedrooms and bathrooms are below sea level. Picture: Plus 31 Architects
Netherlands — ‘New Water‘ will be the world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel. They will use 25% less energy than a conventional building due to the use of water cooling techniques. Architect: Water Studio
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Sources: Inspiration Green
Siobhan R.// SMC Editor