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Houseboats and Climate Change

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Brad Pitt, the famous actor, has invested a considerable sum of his own money into the project of the Floating Houses in
New Orleans. Mr. Pitt wants to offer the inhabitants a solution against the perils of another Hurricane like the
Katrina-Hurricane in 2005.
This is a very generous gesture and well meant of Brad Pitt  but it does not solve the problem at the root.
If the level of the seas will rise as a result of the Climate Change it will change the way of living for a high percentage of the world population. Some say it affects about 40% of the world population.
What does it mean in a practical sense?
First, where will all the people, who live now along the coasts of the seas go to? It is very unlikely that the people of the hinterland will welcome them with open arms. It is more likely they will meet armed resistance, since the people from the hinterland will have their own problems with the Climate Change.
The solution is to find a kind of a maritime living. Living on water in Houseboats is just as old as humanity and it is practiced all over the world.

The difference between now and the maritime neighborhood of the future is, that now the maritime neighborhoods are connected to the conventional infrastructure, while in the future the connection might very well be disrupted.

A new way must be found in which the TOTEM System could play a central role.
If today such a Center for Maritime Living would be established, research should be done in storm resilience and floating gardening. The notion that people will live off the sea might be an illusion, since the salt content of the sea will change dramatically and the neither the fish nor the sea plants will adapt to it in such a short time that humanity can harvest them.

Furthermore, the seas are already fished empty!

The attempt of Nesseq to build such a CML, Center for Maritime Living, in the derelict port in the north of Tel Aviv was not answered by the municipality.
This is a classical example how Inherent Energy is being wasted. The port exists already, the houseboats just have to be put into it! The existing infrastructure could serve as a backup in case of need.
The CML could be also an EC, an urban Ecological Center with a good commercial outlook.

As commendable as it is, that Brad Pitt built the floating houses in New Orleans, it must be asked, what are all the institution, like Greenpeace, doing? Except warning the public. Especially Greenpeace, which developed the concept of the EfficienCity, could do much more with all the money it got and the know-how it could muster among the members and supporters.

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  16. Nelly Girl

    I would love to convert my house’s energy to “go green” but have no idea where to start. A program like this is exactly what this country needs to get moving! Going green shouldnt be for the rich only!

    Can you help me with this Max 🙂 where i need to go or to do ??

    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Nelly Girl,
      a visitor by the name of Nikko in the same post offers housing plans. If you want his address please contact me through the Contact Us in my site.
      Furthermore you could try in your town to find retired engineers who would love to do the planning of such a project. If you need then my advice just contact me again.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help for now.
      Max

  17. Tomas

    Brad Pitt has proven to be so much more than a pretty face.

  18. Kogar

    That’s the problem with making America energy-efficient. It’s going to take a leader.

  19. Katherine

    Brad and Angelina are wonderful for New Orleans. I hope they really are calling it home. They’re in Prague now as Angelina shoots her latest film. The real test will be where they move to after her work is done. I would assume it’s New Orleans. I just hope it wasn’t just a stop over on the Brangelina nomadic journey.

  20. Angela

    Dr. Max,

    can one buy a set of these plans and what is the cost to build in new orleans.

  21. Nikko

    The houses that are on teh Make it Right site vary greatly in price. However they are becoming very cost effective from what we hear in New Orleans. My firm and I are offering housing plans that achieve LEED certifiable homes that are cost effective both in upfront costs and lifelong operating and maintenance costs.

  22. Tatura H.

    I am looking forward to a perfect theory which can be applicable for Bangladesh..its flood prone..the floating house idea is essential for us if we can make it perfectly..but we have to make it in cheap cost for the people maximum are poor..the villages are flood prone mainly..

    Help me Dr. Max

    • Admin (Max)

      Tatura,
      believe me I would love to help you. But I don’t know how. All I can do is to provide ideas, since I don’t have money myself. Perhaps you speak to the Grameen Bank and Muhammad Yunus. If you think I can help I will!
      Max

  23. Sarah

    BRAD BETTER WAIT UP AND SMELL THE ROSES. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S PULLING BUT AS AN ENGINEER THE THEORY WON’T FLOAT. HOMES BUILT PROPERLY WON’T FLOAT SO HIS ARCHITECT BETTER HIRE AN ENGINEER. ALSO HIS HOMES FOR THE NEOGHBORHOOD ARE A DISASTER. I HAVE BUILT NEALY 100 HOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND I CAN ATTEST TO THE FACT THAT HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BUILDING HOMES BUT WHAT HE DOES CARE ABOUT IS HIS TESTIMONY TO HIMSELF. WITH THE MONEY HE HAS EXPNSED HE COULD HAVE BUILT THREE TIMES AS MANY HOMES AND HELPED ALOT MORE PEOPLE. I HAVE BUILT AS MANY HOMES AS HE HAS WITH MY OWN MONEY SO I KNOW. MAYBE BRAD SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THAT WHITE HORSE AND SHOWN A LITTLE BIT OF REALITY.

  24. Wander K.

    Good job with getting people back to there lives and homes.

  25. Alice

    The concept of a floating house is reasonable for flood-prone lands, but this particular version leaves something to be desired. Clearly it is not the first in the U.S. Numerous houseboats used for permanent occupancy exist at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California that do the same thing.

    With flat bottoms, they rest on the ground when the tide is the lowest, yet rise up to 15 feet at high tide. Their utility connections are flexible and are not broken with rising tides. And they can be built cheaper than this “float house” (that has an expensive foam hull) using nearly conventional, ferrocement reinforced-concrete foundation construction.

    The design for this “float house” is flashy but inefficient. The architect appears to be “show-boating” with this untraditional design, but that might discourage builders and owners desiring more conventional appearing homes.

    Being so narrow, the home’s interior wastes space with a long corridor and wastes building materials by enclosing less square footage for the given volume of structure. Being really narrow, it is also more likely to tip over while floating than a wider, shorter home, and thus requires a degree of torque-resisting anchoring poles that are more expensive than otherwise necessary.

    The narrow width is good for shipping from a distant factory, but then why not build the entire home in the factory and save even more money? The numerous vacant lots in New Orleans lend themselves more to onsite construction with a portable form that can precast 4″ thick ferrocement hulls and then be moved to nearby lots for subsequent homes.

    A simple 4″ thick slab with 4″ thick foundation walls that are 4′ high will enclose sufficient volume to float a two-story home with adequate freeboard. As an architect, I’ve designed such a houseboat for Waldo Point with an interior that is more appealing because of its width and two-story separation of living and sleeping areas.

    Needless to say, a floating home like Brad Pitt’s group built or otherwise will someday be built by others offers everyday benefits of eliminating as many steps needed for elevated homes. Let’s encourage others to improve on this model as a way to keep New Orleans livable during the future with rising sea levels and inevitable floods.

  26. Andy

    The designs are really ugly. What’s this-Baroque-Modern? Houseboats have more aesthetics and charm, while this “floating house” design looks like they were designed by urban squatters. I think an architect should show some modicum of respect to the people it envisions using these houses even if they do happen to be squatters or people in the low income brackets.

  27. Kanye

    Brad Pit’s concern is probably a trickle down of Angie’s own work. But that’s beside the point. They say the idea hasn’t been tested and it’s all theory at the moment. Well. with Brad’s clout and being in show biz, he can have the house built in one of those Hollywood studios where they build huge humongous pools for shooting sea adventures. Let them test the house there and see what works and what doesn’t. I’m from the Philippines where a lot of people lost their homes (and some lost their lives) because of a Katrina-like typhoon where waters rose so suddenly that a lot of people had to clamber up 2nd storeys (the lucky ones with two floors) while others (even those with two storey houses) had to go up their roofs to escape the flood and wait for rescue (a local actress who lived in a gated subdivision was rescued from her roof; and by a fellow actor who knew of her plight). Maybe the Morphosis team could build a few here and see what happens. The Philippines would make a great lab for that purpose because we have flooding every frigging year.

  28. George

    Hey Max, What an absolutely ugly design. Looks like a single wide trailer on a barge. I would feel like I was crammed into a sardine can just waiting to die. Not a very comfortable way to have to live. Too boxy and coldy empty looking. Brad must prefer small cramped sparse places, deep down and all the colossel houes he lives in are, just for show. Come on Brad, stop playing the part.

  29. Nancy H.

    Nowhere do I see that Brad Pit designed the house or is claiming that it is something new.

  30. Gina

    Hey Brad, why are you trying to claim you’ve created something new?! All this is is a houseboat on land. You saw all the barges and the houseboats on the rivers in Louisiana.

    Now you’re trying to trick everyone who doesn’t live here into believing you’re some great inventor. This just further proves how gullible and stupid people are. At any rate, you should know better, Brad! Shame on YOU!!!

  31. Andrew Jolmes

    This idea could go much farther. I have often thought that homes in earthquake and fire areas could benefit from an expanded version of this idea. Take the flood-surviving house and float it on an enlarged swimming pool like a houseboat. If there was a significant earthquake, it would just slosh back and forth with no damage.

    If there was a fire, one would have a substantial stash of water to protect the property, using the pool pump and hoses. The pool equipment would keep the water clean and provide recreation for the family.

  32. Suzy

    Brad Pitt has been making waves in the green building world lately, this is funny.

  33. Alan

    I love this house im going to get one.

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