Floating Shelter: An Alternative to Aquaculture
With the water-level rising, most coastal cities are confronted with a tremendous problem. Specifically, cities such as Dubai and Sharjah could lose up to 8% due to rising water. This not only poses a problem to the environment but potentially to the people living in those areas and the economies that they depend on. The Al-Rams Area, located in the outskirts of the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah, is already facing this issue as the shorelines are already dredging.
Since the number one economy in that region is aquaculture. Our proposal explores solutions to fishing methodologies in the 21st Century and creating an economically self-sufficient community on that that benefits from its own production through hydroponic farming and an overarching aquaculture. The project consequently considers environmental crises such as rising sea levels and challenges adaptability at an urban scale.
The project is divided into 6 sections, the first one being the residences, where the fishermen and families reside, completely isolated from the working functions, as a way to provide them with calmer yet livable environment. The second section comprises of a social function, in this case a sports facility, which acts mainly as a buffer zone between the working functions and the living functions. The third section includes other means of farming that are not water-based, such as hydroponic, which will provide the residents with a variety of food options. The fourth section consist of the aquaponics, which are controlled by autonomous boats that farm the fish and send it to the fifth section where the fish is produced and packed. The final section comprises of a fishing market where the fish is sold, generating income to the community that lives there.
This economy cycle helps maintain the community self-sufficient and dependent entirely on itself. However, it also gives them a new way of living and a new way of working, that is both more enjoyable and more efficient. Eventually, these communities get accustomed to one another through time by completely adapting a water-based living environment.