suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
moatasem ESMAT: Project “The V-th Ark” is an approach towards decreasing the human loss during catastrophic events as Tsunamis. Despite the fact that tsunamis and other natural disasters will always remain a greater force to stand against, saving lives will always remain the first priority during those misfortunate events.
Of course the main problem about tsunamis is not just the waves, but the debris that the waves carry, and the fact that the more they travel the more they gain power and speed. Therefore, the materials used to construct the ark has to be durable enough to stand against the debris, as the materials should also be environment friendly. There was also a layer of Solar panels placed on top of the Ark to ensure a clean renewable energy source.
The Ark mainly functions in two ways:
1- The stand -which the Ark is based on- acts as a normal higher ground surface as minor floods go through the city or town. The stand is designed to let the water flow through it, thus avoiding the water flow’s overwhelming strength.
2-The Ark becomes a floating shelter, while tied to the ground with adaptive chains that increase in length as Ark floats higher.
The LED lights that surround the structure forms a rescue signal in case the Ark is swept away or buried under a wreckage.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mE: Mainly the terrible crisis in Japan. Maybe the events in Japan were more noticeable since it had the media’s full attention that time.
In general this project is influenced and dedicated to all the victims of tsunami around the world.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mE: Watching “How the 2011 Japan tsunami happened” Documentary; Reading several papers and data about the tsunami, some have been published by the NOAA center for Tsunami Research; Listening to l’arc en ciel.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mE: Zaha Hadid, Sarah Schneider, Alex Roman, Tom Wiscombe/Emergent Architecture, Tadao Ando.
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