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    Waterpod Project – A Floating World

    Waterpod Project (renderings by James Halverson of Lux Visual Effects)

    A recurring theme for the future seems to be alternative housing. The Waterpod Project intends to be a model for the future of architecture and living. It is concerned with the same basic problems as other projects, climate change and increasing world population, but takes a different approach. Where Polar Cities and Lilypad are primarily concerned with physical survival, Waterpod is interested in creativity and expression.

    The Waterpod is inspiring because it has moved past the hypothetical, it is currently being constructed in New York. Being a model for future building, sustainability is the key. The Waterpod is being built on a retired industrial barge using salvaged materials. It features three domes to be used for artistic space, sleeping quarters, and agriculture.

    It is currently scheduled to launch in New York in May, 2009, from the Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens, navigate down the East River, explore the waters of New York Harbor, and stopping at each of the five boroughs it will dock at several Manhattan piers on the Hudson River, then beyond.
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    Waterpod artist residency building

    To begin with there will be five residents who will live and work and be completely sustained on the barge. They plan to travel around to teach, give tours, and have exhibitions. They hope to be a model and inspiration for the future, to prepare and to encourage innovation.

    This forces me to focus on certain things that I have been putting off for too long, and forces me to live like we will probably all need to live sooner or later.
    Mary Mattingly


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    Update: Two people have been living on the Waterpod full time since June 12. — NYT


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    LED     Fri, Feb 20, 2009  Permanent link
    You may know
    "Uros are a pre-Incan people that live on 42 self-fashioned floating man-made islets in Lake Titicaca Puno, Peru and Bolivia. The Uros use the totora plant to make boats (balsas mats) of bundled dried reeds, and to make the islands themselves."
    matthewspencer     Fri, Feb 20, 2009  Permanent link
    LED,

    That is a really cool piece of information! Maybe another post is in store? Thank you for sharing another on spot comment.

    LED     Fri, Feb 20, 2009  Permanent link
    MSpencer, to collaborate is the reason (and joy as I see) of this space.

    Your post is very interesting and reminds me this place here in South America, which I've never been yet but where I have to go one day.

    It's quite strange to imagine those islands built a long time ago with this "straw" and the work this people have to do to keep their home time after time floating, crossing civilizations and all.

    I see the connection immediately and I'm sure Waterpod Project team studied Uros people during their modeling. Don't you agree?

    And I like the way you see Polar Cities since my earliest time here!
    : )

    LED     Tue, Mar 9, 2010  Permanent link
    Underwater Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient City at Sea
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    matthewspencer     Tue, Mar 9, 2010  Permanent link
     
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