• Floating mosques, amphibious cinemas, houses that rise with the water ...

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Last week, I embarked on a regular 5hour journey from the beaches of Bournemouth on the UK's Southern coastline, back to the UK home county of Buckinghamshire. On my travels I was amazed to see how vastly the view out of the coach window has transformed. Just outside Ringwood rivers had turned into fastflowing lakes and cars were upturned in flood ridden ditches. It was a frightening reality to see, and made me seriously begin to question the future of UK living.

    The Guardian published an interesting article this week entitled We'd like 250,000 of these, please, where 'Steve Rose meets some Dutch architects who may have the answers.'

    If Noah were here today, he would no doubt be ordering his timber. In an increasingly familiar scenario, the sandbags, mops, wellies and canoes have been out over the past week, as parts of Britain dealt with another spate of torrential rain, burst riverbanks and flash flooding. The outlook is for more of the same. Last month, a government panel ranked flooding alongside terrorism in terms of national threat, and advocated extreme measures. And it's not just a British problem. Last year saw catastrophic floods across the world: in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Mexico - even Australia. Read the full article here.

    Flooding is a daunting prospect, that is never out of the UK headlines. I wonder how and where our creative intelligence can be put to use in solving this otherwise devasting future. Are we really looking at a future of floating homes?

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