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