Might you one day live on Recycled Island?
Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating around in the ocean.
The proposal has three main aims; Cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste; Creating new land; And constructing a sustainable habitat. Recycled island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity. The constructive and marine technical aspects take part in the project of creating a sea worthy island.
Noah Millman puts this in perspective:
The stereotype of the modern architect is as a kind of heroic figure - the architecture who leaves his thumbprint on the skyline, or who changes the way we live, or who reveals the truth about the world, or whatever. And of course there's a counter-archetype that thinks we know how to live perfectly well, thank-you, and that architecture should just facilitate that. Le Corbusier and Robert Moses on this side and Jane Jacobs and Prince Charles on the other, with, I dunno, Robert Venturi putting on a killer half-time show or something.
But after visiting Rising Currents, a new show at MoMA about rethinking the New York waterfront in response to the expected rise in sea levels accompanying global warming, I feel like there's a new strain of heroic architecture a-borning - folks with the scope and ambition of the old modernist heroes but sensibilities that derive from the other team. Call it "Big Green."
So long as there is sufficient water pressure in the shower I am open to life on recycle island.