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Thames Estuary 2100 Project

Melioli, Matteo (2011) Thames Estuary 2100 Project. In: blue in architecture09 _ symposium proceedings. Università Iuav di Venezia. ISBN 978-88-87697-650

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Rising sea levels – due to global warming – are increasing the risk of London being inundated by floodwaters. The current Thames barrier, designed in the late 70s, offers protection against a one-in-2000-year chance that the capital will flood but, by 2030, the chance will double. Under the threat, Architect Sir Terry Farrell was asked to propose a five-mile barrage across the mouth of the Thames, all linked by islands. According to the new scheme, the barrier would contain numerous gates to allow water to flow in and out of the Thames estuary according to the tides. This proposal comes complete with a cable-stayed road and rail bridge to create a transport link between Essex and Kent and the artificial islands will turn into a colony of settlements provided with infrastructures such as hydrogen power-plants and floating airports. This paper will also show how this “planning on the water” strategy provides unrivalled opportunities for a new kind of amphibian communities: the Thames Estuary 2100 Project is indeed based on self sufficient settlements able to support – at the same time – biodiversity and human activities, establishing a dialogue between London, the river and the sea.

Tipologia del documento:Estratto da libro
Soggetti:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/14 Composizione architettonica e urbana
Struttura:Facoltà > Far Architettura > Lauree specialistiche > Architettura per la sostenibilita
Codice ID:341
Depositato da :Benno Albrecht
Depositato il :30 Nov 2011 11:06
Ultima modifica:30 Nov 2011 11:06

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