A FLOATING WORLD
The Waterpod demonstrates future pathways for nomadic, mobile shelters and water-based
communities, docked and roaming.
It embodies self-sufficiency and resourcefulness,
learning and curiosity, human expression and creative exploration.
It intends to prepare, inform, and provide an alternative to current
and future living spaces.
In preparation for our coming world
with an increase in population, a decrease in usable land, and a greater
flux in environmental conditions, people will need to rely
closely on immediate communities and look for alternative living models;
the Waterpod is about cooperation, collaboration, augmentation, and metamorphosis.
As a malleable and autonomous space,
the Waterpod is built on a model comprised of
multiple collaborations. The Waterpod functions as a singular
unit with the possibility to expand into ever-evolving water communities;
an archipelagos that has the ability to mutate
with the tides.
The Waterpod is mobile and nomadic,
and as an application for the future it can historicize
the notion of the permanent structure, simultaneously serving
as composition, transportation, island, and residence. Based on movement, the Waterpod structure
is adaptable, flexible, self-sufficient, and relocatable, responsive
to its immediate and shifting environment.
As with art, architecture is largely
about stories: stories of its inhabitants,
its community, its makers and their reflections on the past or expectations
of the future. The Waterpod is an extension
of body, of home, and of community, its only permanence being
change, flow, and multiplicity. It connects river to visitor, global to local, nature
to city, and historic to futuristic ecologies.
With this project, we hope to encourage
innovation as we visualize the future fifty to one hundred
years from now. -Mary Mattingly