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2010 Idea Award Winner

Floatfarm

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Floatfarm proposes a community of floating shrimp farms as a means of adapting to the ongoing rise in sea levels of the Mekong Delta, where aquaculture actuates future living in the area. Using counterweight methods of Kochi fishing nets, the project consists of a series of tilting houses hinged to one another through methods of indigenous weaving. Each morning, farmers would engage in a communal effort to shift the weight of their units by tilting the roofs. This operation rotates the units, opens shrimp nets, and widens the community’s canals to allow floating markets to enter.
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June 18, 2013
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In the past decades, climate change has introduced a host of problems for people living in coastal regions of the Mekong Delta. Rising sea levels and subsequent flooding have forced millions to either flee the land or relocate inland. In addition, sea level rise has brought about an increase in the duration of salinity.

 
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Since native shrimp thrive in the Delta's brackish water,(including saline water) Floatfarm looks to respond to both salination and rising sea levels by linking together house and farm in a way that is flexible enough to allow for floating communities to develop.