Architects have increased environmental preoccupation in the world. Here is an example with this Future Ecologic Skyscraper In San Francisco By DMake Studio.
Italian studio DMake has presented its conception for a future-proof skyscraper in San Francisco, capable of resisting rising sea levels and other water-related climate disasters.
Entitled ‘PipeSky’, the adaptable design is imagined as an indefinitely growing piece of architecture, capable of facing the defiance of a city that is itself constantly transforming.
To prepare for a future that is more and more being shaped by the effects of climate change, DMake looked to the ever increasing number of hydrogeological catastrophes that are coming to define our time: rising water levels, massive floods, shifting coastal margins, and the effects of these on contemporary cities.
‘PipeSky’ is a modular, pipe-based structure capable of absorbing huge amounts of water. The building, which is gigantic in size, captures flowing water on the site and redirects it into different tanks for use by the inhabitants of the building. Phytoremediation tanks, desalination and depurative equipment as well as environmental monitoring systems, are combined with swimming pools and water gardens for recreational use.
DMake uses sustainable technologies to grant ‘PipeSky’ complete energy independence. Huge structural tanks use water masses to stabilise the building against wind action, forming at the same time large pools and basins for fish farming or aquariums. With whole levels of ‘PipeSky’ dedicated to vertical farming, the design is capable of supporting plant life for food, oxygen, and public space. The modulated nature of the design means playgrounds, swimming pools and parks can be pile up on top of each other, the function of each level shifting as you ascend.
The skyscraper also contains an open system to accommodate nomadic housing. In DMake’s vision of the future, the migratory patterns of today’s world are enlarged: when people move to a new city for work, they bring their entire portable ‘shuttle house’ with them.
Residents may park their flying machines in the ‘support’ structure, the studio’s modern version of Jonathan Habraken’s structuralist theories. The results purpose to be a dynamic, vertical community that fights the effects of climate change — a large, reconfigurable and independent structure in which people arrive, stay and depart.
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