The following renders illustrate a scenario of archipelagos of plastic-crate islands in the flooded post-Tsunami city of Tokyo. They were proposed in a 3 week workshop in Tokyo titled Still City Tokyo organized by the Dutch research collective Monnik. The proposed islands are projected to be nomadic, mobile and responsive. We imagine a competitive system of flexible DIY networks of these mini-islands structured and governed according to agreements amongst their inhabitants as proposed by the Seasteading Institute.
This proposal examines the ubiquitous plastic crate in particular as a readily available material that can easily be configured to create inexpensive floating modular habitats and reefs. Here, Tokyo is imagined to extend into the water and the water to enter into the city. Instead of proposing a solution to “build faster and harder to keep the water out” this proposal seeks to merge Tokyo with the water, transforming the hard boundary into a continuum.
The new floating neighborhoods accommodate housing and reef. The proposed archipelagos of artificial islands could reduce the impact of storm-induced wave energy therefore improving the ecology of estuarine environments.
A step-by-step construction manual to build these shelters and the corresponding archipelagos also follows.
Project Team: Manar Moursi and Rowan Kandil