posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 10:54 PM
Kevin Schopfer, who also designed the Floating City for Boston ( see this post here
has also put forward this amazing design for the Mississippi at New Orleans.
Called "Noah" which stands for New Orleans Arcology Habitat, this structure will be a floating city which will stand up to the elements including
"Arcology - Meaning Architecture and Ecology"
A hybrid of architecture and ecology, it is essentially a mega city which packs a ginormous population into one hyperstructure – think Death Star,
Zion in The Matrix or the Anthill of Antz fame. Now, a real-life group of ambitious designers has taken their looming pyramidal arcology and placed it
smack dab on the Mississippi River as a proposal for the rebuild of New Orleans which is currently in progress
This 30 million square foot beast-building with an array of green features is aptly named NOAH (Get it? Noah and the Arcology?), and is meant to house
40,000 mostly human residents
Its floating base and open-wall structure are meant to allow “all severe weather /winds to in effect blow through the structure in any direction
with the minimum of massing interference
Not only is this a very huge and futuristic idea, it is also built with the environment in mind -
Another plus is that NOAH will supposedly “eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure” via vertical and horizontal internal electric
transport links, creating a pedestrian-friendly community. Other eco-friendly elements include secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage
systems, a passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, grey water treatment, solar array banding panels, and river based water
Sounds amazing. I guess time will tell if these ambitious designs will actually be built or not. I hope they are. Our cities need a facelift!