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Floating buildings and maritime architecture

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27 June 2024

Episode 663

30 minutes


Photo: MAST Centroparco

Can floating cities be the solution to rising sea levels? Can architecture prepare in advance for coastal changes? We explore a few ways that our cities are, or should be, interacting with water. 

27 June 2024

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


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Chapter 1

Building on water

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We talk to Marshall Blecher, one of the founders of maritime architecture firm Mast, about the benefits of looking to the water for building solutions.

8 minutes

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Chapter 2

9 minutes


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Chapter 2

Preparing for sea-level rise

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Architect Weston Wright discusses his book on the paradigm shift required for cities to prepare for sea-level rise: “More Water, Less Land, New Architecture”.

9 minutes

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Waterways as highways for sustainable building reuse

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Glyn Lewis of Renewal Development describes how the firm has used the waterways around Vancouver to relocate rather than demolish houses that are cleared for development, as well as how to deliver them to communities in need.

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