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Floating Islands in New York City by Gianluca Milesi Architecture
June 19th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Gianluca Milesi Architecture
“DO IT BEFORE NOT AFTER” – floating structures operation – A new way to think at disaster The worlds is becoming more and more sensitive to the climate changing, that, according to the most reputed studies, will have heavy and often dramatic effects on the earth and on us. Recently very well known dramatic events pushed the citizens, the governments and the organizations to think new and more appropriate strategies in order to provide relief to the population’s victims of these catastrophic natural events. This is the aim of this competition too. In medicine there are mostly two ways to try to reduce the impact of diseases on people; one is to cure and the other one is to prevent. We all know that to prevent is better than to cure.
We know that is unfortunately impossible to prevent natural disasters, but we think it is possible to prevent the useless troubles of the populations involved and that is better than to cure once the disaster already happened. How would we like to do this? We need to think in a different way We think that a city, or a nation, should prepare in advance to the disaster with structure already built and that can be used immediately.
We honestly don’t think that even organized remedies such as to build provisional houses will be a real solution of the problem. In fact to build provisional houses would imply many problematic issues:
We want to change the points of the process, Introducing these new points:
We propose to built immediately floating structures containing different functions that the city needs even in not emergency times, but that can be easily converted, such as hotels and residential spaces, and reception spaces, events spaces, green and recreational spaces, cultural spaces, sport spaces and cars recovers. The floating structures are the ensemble of these functions: they are floating volumes that can be moved, anchored, connected to the land, connected to themselves, usable before, during and after the emergency. The floating structures can have different forms and dimensions one to each other, to be more ore less dense, to have the chance to be modified and to contain different functions. The floating structures will be public and property of the city. We developed our idea through diagrams, drawings and renderings, focusing our attention on the study a typical floating structure, as showed in the graphic documents.
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