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    2012 | Thesis Project EDUCATE. EXPERIENCE. INSPIRE Roughly 75% of the Netherlands lies at or below sea level, with the majority of the country’s… Read More
    2012 | Thesis Project EDUCATE. EXPERIENCE. INSPIRE Roughly 75% of the Netherlands lies at or below sea level, with the majority of the country’s population living in these areas. Due to rising sea-levels, increased precipitation and storm surges due to climate change, building on water becomes a more pragmatic solution. Currently the Netherlands are the leaders in water management yet they will have to strengthen about 30% of their dikes in order to handle the estimated rise in sea level. Along with the abundance of more water, their fresh water supply is also becoming threatened as the salt water of the sea inundates their country. My aim for my thesis project is to propose a preventative way of thinking and shifting the current mode of development to address these future challenges. I'm proposing that building communities on water will be a pragmatic solution by reclaiming land for their rapidly growing population. This project is located in Almere, one of the fastest newly developing cities in the Netherlands. The regional plan is a series of islands that respond to the shoreline of Almere and act as a natural buffer for rising sea levels. The urban plan uses permeable green streets and a wetlands buffer to absorb excess of water. I’m proposing that these island be car-free, relying on an island-wide streetcar spine with a heavy rail connection to Amsterdam. I’m designing the train terminal to be resilient to rising sea-levels, educating the public upon arrival of our changing environment. My aim is that the urban design and the building design will inspire new ways of thinking around sustainable communities and start to craft our build environment to address future-focused issues. Read Less
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