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    Sea Level Rise and Coastal Design

    Sergio Santos
    Mar 14, '21 7:54 PM EST

    We all know that climate change is steadily increasing and affecting nature and architecture as well. We are all experiencing these changes ourselves from temperature rising and its effects. One way we can explore new ways to think about architecture, is to look ahead of our time. This to say we should look back at our past to predict what is going to happen in the next century since buildings usually last about 60-120 years. Looking at one perspective in climate change such as sea level rise, we can explore new ways into how we can build along the coastlines to embrace the sea level rise.

    Sea Level Rise Studies 

    As in recent studies done by Jim Hansen, Hansen concluded that based on past climate change data, sea level rise could accelerate exponentially in the coming decades, sea level rise can raise by several meters in 50,100, or 200 years. By Looking at data or thinking way ahead of our time we can explore buildings that can be submerged underwater. Which have been constructed before, however we still see buildings that tend to avoid sea level rise. Some examples we see ourselves are in Malibu where we see building being placed on top of columns to avoid interaction with the ocean water.

    Where are we going with our design, how we can fix it

    Where is our design in the coastal area heading to, are we going in a direction of creating costal buildings in a pier like way such as Santa Monica? We should create these futuristic structures that we ourselves throughout time can see and embrace the sea level rising, think of it in a way as a “pocket of air in the ocean”. A great example that can represent this type of work is the underwater restaurant in Norway, which is created form materials such as steel enclosed by a special variety of concrete, and acrylic glass. Which also includes other features such as the way the building is slanted to provide optimal resistance against the forces of waves and water pressure.

    By knowing the past and the changes that it has done in our present time, we can have a formal understanding where we are leading to architecturally. In this case how sea level rise can impact the way we construct near the coastal areas throughout the world.

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