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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:42 AM
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Swimming houses in the Netherlands because of global warming
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 08:01 AM by neweurope
One fourth of the Netherlands is below sea level. Because of global warming, raising sea level and an estimated 25 percent more rain in the future the Netherlands are now trying out amphibian houses which can move up and down 5 meters in case of flood. 37 of them have been built so far.



The Netherlands will have to widen the flood areas where building is forbidden in the next years to include up to 500.000 hectars. In 15 test areals in flood areas building will be possible now - but only amphibian houses will be allowed. Architect Koen Althuis even has a concept for floating towers 100 meters high. Near Amsterdam a town of swimming houses with 12.000 houses is being considered.


computer-animation: swimming town

The government is organizing a contest for engineers, city planners and architects.

That's the way a government should handle the problems global warming causes... The article says that engineers form Louisiana and Texas are informing themselves in the Netherlands right now. Unfortunately I think that this might be a solution for New Orleans - but only for the rich. I cannot imagine that public housing will be built like this because it is more expensive of course.



Link here (unfortunately in German)
http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,376465,00.html

edit: English translation of the whole article here -
http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0...
thanks for the link, Kellanved!

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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:45 AM
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1. Amazing
Great link.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:45 AM
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2. Hmmm that's an interesting concept. But won't work here for a lot
of people since so many of us can't even afford the kind of houses that can't swim.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:48 AM
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3. But we are the greatest country in the world! Are you saying the
Dutch have more money, or a bigger middle class???
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:49 AM
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4. I am saying my trailer has holes in the floor and isn't likely to float
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:51 AM
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8. ooops, forgot
:sarcasm:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:52 AM
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11. But other people should be so lucky to have a trailer with a holey
floor. (And the RWers wonder how I can hate my own country sometimes.)
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:50 AM
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7. "The Netherlands will have to widen the flood areas"--NO and the area
needs to reclaim the 'flood plains"-as they did on the Mississippi after the floods of 93.
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:49 AM
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5. Ahem yes - that's one of my points. MOST people over here
cannot afford a house of their own. I can't even dream of one. But the government of the Netherlands is planning for the future - for the future of all the population.

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:50 AM
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6. Sadly half of America would rather die than follow a European
nation's lead. *shaking head in disgust*
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:51 AM
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9. I say let them
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:21 AM
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15. Two birds with one stone
Thinking about it, that really is a "win-win" situation isn't it?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:54 AM
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12. great technological innovations-yet the real problem has to addressed
also----rising water levels!
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:59 AM
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14. Certainly. In the Netherlands you'll be forcing open doors!
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:51 AM
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10. Spiegel has now an English translation online
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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:56 AM
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13. Thanks Kellanved :) I should have looked before clumsily translating
myself.

:thumbsup:

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neweurope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:33 PM
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16. I know, Delay.... but still -*kick*


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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:50 PM
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17. The Netherlands is so far ahead of us in social ideas
and making sure everyone in the population benefits from them, unlike us.
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