After dean Fisher’s lecture about ‘Designing to Avoid Disaster’, I was awakening that architect’s job is not only to designing creative or fancy buildings but also to design for future generation. Future generation meaning as not to inheriting advanced technology or knowledge, but to designing to prevent natural disasters for future generation. We humans are very vulnerable to the nature and we always get damages after the disasters. We are very much aware of this tragedy and we should always be prepare and let that not happen again.
One of the major disasters we confront every year, I would say, flood. Billions of dollars losses because of the flood. Architecture in Holland are showing the rest of the world a way of turning adversity into opportunity. The inevitable rise in sea level (global warming) that comes with climate change is going to make it increasingly difficult to control flooding in low lying lands. But architects in Holland came up with architecture that will float on water.
It is not just floating on the water like a boat but it adjust the level of floating as the river rises. The poles on the corner of the house will make building very stable even though current of water is strong. We are at very first phase of designing floating houses but if we apply strong and flexible materials on the pole, I believe it will prevent also from earthquake and hurricanes.
It is not too late to start designing to avoid disasters. As a graph shown in dean Fisher’s lecture, our culture will confront collapse if we don’t keep inventing creative technologies. The idea is very simple but nobody tried to done it because they had lack of designing aspects. It is our, architect’s, job to design with many perspectives.