Finalist – 2010 Skyscraper Competition
The Contingency Ark was designed under the assumption that the West Antarctic ice shelf will melt and a great number of cities, including Miami, will be underwater. Its structure was inspired from buildings that have withstood the rising of the sea like the Maunsell Sea Forts in the Thames and Mersey estuaries located off the coast of the United Kingdom.
It is formed by a steel lattice where mobile floating homes will plug-in. The idea is to build a series of these structures in major cities and habitants will be able to move their homes between locations. The basic infrastructure including water, energy, and waste management will be provided by the permanent structure.