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THE WORLD IN ONE CITY

According to some of the architects displaying ideas at ‘The World in One City- A Sketch for London’, part of the London Architecture Biennale, the theme of water is a predominant issue (no great surprise). However a couple of concepts caught my eye in particular-

ALDO CIBIC AND PARTENERS, Milan, Italy – FARMING-ON-THAMES – “…In 2018, after the collapse of mass distribution due to the high cost of oil, new local micro economies are flourishing; one of the most successful is the ‘floating market’: beautiful barges with vegetable gardens, livestock and fruit from the countryside are mooring at the docks. The barges are very beautiful and some owners live on them, sometimes with the entire family.”

CHRISTIAN WALDVOGEL, Zurich, Switzerland – LONDON AGGREGATIC CITY – “Global warming is likely to partially melt the polar ice caps: this would cause the mean sea level to rise by dozens of metres. Low-lying cities like London would face a situation where the sea poses a constant threat. The concept of a flexible city that is built “hovering” over London would be an answer to this situation. This city would follow the principles of aggregatic change in its main aspects…. Very large, hollow spheres hover a few km above the city. The air they contain is warmed by the sun, this generates an upward pull large enough to carry the weight of the city branch attached to it.”

EEA- ERIK VAN EGERAAT ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS, Rotterdam, Holland – TOWER BRIDGE – “Tower Bridge, symbol of London, will be reinterpreted as a new urban environment; 200 metres high, offering space for 1000 families, with infrastructure for a new dimension of city living”

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