Future Living Extremes
Project Date: 2019
Project Length: 3 Months
Investigating the geographical formation of my site disclosed that the area consists of drumlins formed during glacial shift. Aware of the impact of changing environment and weather on areas, I anticipated what the effects would be on this site in the future, aligned with studies which show the potential risk of flooding through climate warming and rising sea levels.
Scientists warn that climate change is devastating our seas and frozen regions faster than ever before. These are the harrowing predictions that sea levels could rise over one meter by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
It is anticipated that with global warming sea levels will rise causing extensive flooding in coastal and river side areas. Future city planning will need to be adaptable to this eventuality. During my site analysis of the area surrounding Blythswood Square in Glasgow I discovered that continual rising waters will submerge much of this area in the future. Rather than abandoning an inner-city area we will have to adapt to the environment.
I first studied the geographic terrain noting that Blythswood Square was built on top of drumlins, elongated hills which were formed due to moving glaciers. However although this land is slightly raised compared the rest of Glasgow city centre due to its proximity to the river Clyde it will not escape the rising waters.
My proposal is to explore flexible housing that can respond to the rising sea levels and future living requirements. I have utilised a modular block system that can be added onto existing buildings whilst also enabling the reduction or increase of rooms and space when required. Therefore, my design will be a high-rise modular tower for domestic living. The intention is that buyers take ownership of the structure and adapt the space with prebuilt pods to suit their needs and tastes.
Four different types of housing that could fill the space.
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
There are no restriction as to how many pods one may own, these can be linked to suit the buyers idealistic dwellings.
Open Plan Living Space
FLOOR PLANS FOR PODS
Shou Sugi Ban
Using the ‘Shou Sugi Ban’ method which is an ancient Japanese architectural technique used to preserve wood by charring the surface with a hot flame. This enhances durability and is a natural means of preserving wood without chemicals. This method is very low maintenance and is naturally resistant to moisture damage which is why I have decided to use this method as my design will be exposed to water.