Engineering the future means tackling the problems today…
This report is part of the 4th semester Architectural Technology and Construction Management education. The summer of 2011 was the starting point for my interest regarding floating constructions. It started with a book, named FLOAT (by Koen Olthuis and David Keuning). I was very interested about this technology, and the book proved to be a good starting point to find out more about it. During 3rd semester I had the opportunity to make a report about this theme and so I combined my learning goals with personal interests and decided to find out more.
Now, studying in the 4th semester I have decided to continue writing about floating constructions, and the main subject for this report is a floating city. Many say it is impossible, or even pointless. Advances in material science, nautical design and maritime constructions could not only make the floating city possible but it may also be an essential asset in the near future. Can we build it? YES, WE CAN! It is not a question of whether we can do it…but how we do it.
I would like to thank the people who supported me in doing this report. Many thanks to my guiding teacher Mihoko Goto Brethvad who accepted the problem statement of a floating city and many thanks as well to architect journalist David Keuning for the interview, and last but not least, many thanks to Koen Olthuis for sharing his ideas regarding building on water worldwide.