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Published on December 16th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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Waterpod Floating House Points to a Nomadic Future After Global Warming

December 16th, 2008 by  

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Most scientists are now in agreement that global warming is happening, and that, in the not too distant future, we may all have to get used to living in a world of mass species exctinctions, population explosion, resource scarcity and rising oceans. The question on many people’s lips is, how will mankind adapt to this drastically different future world?

One possible solution to this dilemma has come from a collective of New York based artists, who have proposed a mass shift towards a waterborne, nomadic existence. In May 2009, the team will launch a new work called Waterpod, a floating eco-habitat designed to support a fully sustainable community (more pics after the jump).

The Waterpod is a triple-domed island, built from a combination of recycled wood, metal, plastic, fabric and other materials, sitting astride an industrial barge. As well as being a living space, the 80 x 25 feet construction is designed to house community and artistic activity and a range of eco-initiatives, including food grown with purified water from the Hudson River, vertical agriculture and alternative energy.

The structure will be powered by a hybrid solar/wind system that will also run all on-board equipment. Following the launch from Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens, the Waterpod will navigate alomg the East River to New York Harbor, stopping at each of the five boroughs, as well as several Manhattan piers on the Hudson River and beyond.

Although the Waterpod will initially function as a single, stand alone unit, the team envisage the project expanding into “ever-evolving water communities; an archipelagos that has the ability to mutate with the tides.”

Image Credits – Waterpod


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  • ed

    Maybe the science isnt exact, but the main thing we cant deny is that we have impacted the earth negatively, more in the last 40 years than in the last 4000 years, which makes it more than a trend. If we continue to ignore that, we will all suffer, and so will our children.

  • ed

    Maybe the science isnt exact, but the main thing we cant deny is that we have impacted the earth negatively, more in the last 40 years than in the last 4000 years, which makes it more than a trend. If we continue to ignore that, we will all suffer, and so will our children.

  • obvious

    isnt this just like waterworld? next will we recycle our urine and drink it also!

  • obvious

    isnt this just like waterworld? next will we recycle our urine and drink it also!

  • obvious

    isnt this just like waterworld? next will we recycle our urine and drink it also!

  • tj

    This is ridiculous

  • tj

    This is ridiculous

  • Noah

    GMNightmare- I think Karen was joking. Of course polar bears couldn’t use this. Speaking of polar bears, the sea ice helps them catch their food (seals). The seals hunt under the sea ice many times, and come up at air holes in the ice that they’ve made. Polar bears hunt at these holes. If the ice disappears, they can’t catch the seals, and at the rate sea ice is disappearing (earlier and earlier), it will be difficult for them to adapt.

    And I junkscience.com is run by a man who isn’t in agreement with much of the scientific community. I tend to trust other publications, like “Nature”, “Science” and other well-trusted ones more. Call me old fashioned.

    Anyway, I don’t like it when people use the comment section to all of a sudden aggressively espouse whatever beef they have with the scientific community. This article is about these living arrangements in a hypothetical flooded future, not IF global warming (and its localized cooling) are real. And on that segue, I don’t understand why we’d be “nomadic” in this hypothetical future.

  • Noah

    GMNightmare- I think Karen was joking. Of course polar bears couldn’t use this. Speaking of polar bears, the sea ice helps them catch their food (seals). The seals hunt under the sea ice many times, and come up at air holes in the ice that they’ve made. Polar bears hunt at these holes. If the ice disappears, they can’t catch the seals, and at the rate sea ice is disappearing (earlier and earlier), it will be difficult for them to adapt.

    And I junkscience.com is run by a man who isn’t in agreement with much of the scientific community. I tend to trust other publications, like “Nature”, “Science” and other well-trusted ones more. Call me old fashioned.

    Anyway, I don’t like it when people use the comment section to all of a sudden aggressively espouse whatever beef they have with the scientific community. This article is about these living arrangements in a hypothetical flooded future, not IF global warming (and its localized cooling) are real. And on that segue, I don’t understand why we’d be “nomadic” in this hypothetical future.

  • Noah

    GMNightmare- I think Karen was joking. Of course polar bears couldn’t use this. Speaking of polar bears, the sea ice helps them catch their food (seals). The seals hunt under the sea ice many times, and come up at air holes in the ice that they’ve made. Polar bears hunt at these holes. If the ice disappears, they can’t catch the seals, and at the rate sea ice is disappearing (earlier and earlier), it will be difficult for them to adapt.

    And I junkscience.com is run by a man who isn’t in agreement with much of the scientific community. I tend to trust other publications, like “Nature”, “Science” and other well-trusted ones more. Call me old fashioned.

    Anyway, I don’t like it when people use the comment section to all of a sudden aggressively espouse whatever beef they have with the scientific community. This article is about these living arrangements in a hypothetical flooded future, not IF global warming (and its localized cooling) are real. And on that segue, I don’t understand why we’d be “nomadic” in this hypothetical future.

  • Most scientists are in agreement? BS. That’s a lie. Furthermore, that’s your proof right? Nobody actually ever gives proof, because there is none.

    It’s always like: OH, GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING EVERYTHING! PANIC! RUN AWAY! What is causing global warming? CO2. Where’s the proof? Why, everywhere, just look around! No, I mean where’s the proof that CO2 is causing global warming and not something else? Err… GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING EVERYTHING WHY WON’T YOU DO SOMETHING?

    Global warming may or may not be a serious threat. It may be a trend. But the one thing for sure, is that CO2 is NOT what is causing it. At all. Scientifically, this is proven. It is because people have been mislead on knowing how greenhouse gases work. They think it’s like a blanket, it’s not. It absorbs radiation, not trap it in.

    It’s all a hoax anyways. No proof of CO2 harming the environment, especially since man made emissions only make what, not even .05% of the air. All of the CO2 causes .28% greenhouse effect. Numerous other proofs against it, and it provides no proofs, and is basically just a fear campaign that hinders the poor nations. Real causes of our current global warming trend? Oh, I don’t know… how about that huge massive glowing ball of gas that has always controlled Earth’s temperature. CO2, ha, no, how about we stick to the real threats: deforestation, our disappearing rain forests, species disappearing, over-hunting, overfishing, pollution of plastics (I mean, that new plastic landmass in the Pacific must do something to temperature…), water crisis… so many things, yet all overshadowed by a fake and pathetic hoax.

    The proof, the scientific data, is all here:

    http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/

    And for Karen, just so you know, polar bear population has increased by nearly 20% over the past decade, yes, with the hoax of global warming. Furthermore, polar bears don’t actually need ice to live, it’s convenient but not necessary (the camouflage only helps against predators on land, humans, which is limited by our society), remove the ice, and their basically water brown bears. They then don’t have to travel so far to get to their source of food, which is in the water and along the coast. A REAL threat to polar bears would be overfishing, which, would actually you know hurt our society to fix.

  • Most scientists are in agreement? BS. That’s a lie. Furthermore, that’s your proof right? Nobody actually ever gives proof, because there is none.

    It’s always like: OH, GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING EVERYTHING! PANIC! RUN AWAY! What is causing global warming? CO2. Where’s the proof? Why, everywhere, just look around! No, I mean where’s the proof that CO2 is causing global warming and not something else? Err… GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING EVERYTHING WHY WON’T YOU DO SOMETHING?

    Global warming may or may not be a serious threat. It may be a trend. But the one thing for sure, is that CO2 is NOT what is causing it. At all. Scientifically, this is proven. It is because people have been mislead on knowing how greenhouse gases work. They think it’s like a blanket, it’s not. It absorbs radiation, not trap it in.

    It’s all a hoax anyways. No proof of CO2 harming the environment, especially since man made emissions only make what, not even .05% of the air. All of the CO2 causes .28% greenhouse effect. Numerous other proofs against it, and it provides no proofs, and is basically just a fear campaign that hinders the poor nations. Real causes of our current global warming trend? Oh, I don’t know… how about that huge massive glowing ball of gas that has always controlled Earth’s temperature. CO2, ha, no, how about we stick to the real threats: deforestation, our disappearing rain forests, species disappearing, over-hunting, overfishing, pollution of plastics (I mean, that new plastic landmass in the Pacific must do something to temperature…), water crisis… so many things, yet all overshadowed by a fake and pathetic hoax.

    The proof, the scientific data, is all here:

    http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/

    And for Karen, just so you know, polar bear population has increased by nearly 20% over the past decade, yes, with the hoax of global warming. Furthermore, polar bears don’t actually need ice to live, it’s convenient but not necessary (the camouflage only helps against predators on land, humans, which is limited by our society), remove the ice, and their basically water brown bears. They then don’t have to travel so far to get to their source of food, which is in the water and along the coast. A REAL threat to polar bears would be overfishing, which, would actually you know hurt our society to fix.

  • Spirckle

    -3 F outside at 10:00am as I write this. Definitely will not be investing in this. OTOH it would be cool to own one of these and sail around the world, and take like 5 years to do it; becoming a water world nomad in effect.

    We face a much more terrible crisis than global warming I’m afraid. We’re not drowning in water, we’re drowning in debt. People wake up. While you were fighting the boogey bear of climate change, you were given the pocket of forever then robbed of it’s contents.

    What is the worst thing you can take from a man, short of his life? Try ‘His future forever’.

  • Spirckle

    -3 F outside at 10:00am as I write this. Definitely will not be investing in this. OTOH it would be cool to own one of these and sail around the world, and take like 5 years to do it; becoming a water world nomad in effect.

    We face a much more terrible crisis than global warming I’m afraid. We’re not drowning in water, we’re drowning in debt. People wake up. While you were fighting the boogey bear of climate change, you were given the pocket of forever then robbed of it’s contents.

    What is the worst thing you can take from a man, short of his life? Try ‘His future forever’.

  • Spirckle

    -3 F outside at 10:00am as I write this. Definitely will not be investing in this. OTOH it would be cool to own one of these and sail around the world, and take like 5 years to do it; becoming a water world nomad in effect.

    We face a much more terrible crisis than global warming I’m afraid. We’re not drowning in water, we’re drowning in debt. People wake up. While you were fighting the boogey bear of climate change, you were given the pocket of forever then robbed of it’s contents.

    What is the worst thing you can take from a man, short of his life? Try ‘His future forever’.

  • Dallas

    Right now I can’t wait for global warming. It’s too cold!!

  • Dallas

    Right now I can’t wait for global warming. It’s too cold!!

  • Dallas

    Right now I can’t wait for global warming. It’s too cold!!

  • Steve

    Polar bears could never build something so high tech.

  • Steve

    Polar bears could never build something so high tech.

  • Karen

    Could this be adapted for use by polar bears? As arctic ice disappears, could waterpods be built to provide artificial habitat for polar bears and also serve to reflect sunlight once reflected by the ice?

  • Karen

    Could this be adapted for use by polar bears? As arctic ice disappears, could waterpods be built to provide artificial habitat for polar bears and also serve to reflect sunlight once reflected by the ice?

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