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Geography in motion

Lotus 155 (2014)

The spread of dramatic natural events like floods, hurricanes or tsunamis on a global scale has been accompanied by a growing number of attempts to adapt our way of thinking in the face of situations like that of an immense ocean wave striking the land. In the framework of a representation of the liquid landscapes created by numerous recent disasters, Lotus presents a survey of the most notable planning and design interventions made in response to the calamities that have befallen various parts of the world. In the most recent proposals we are seeing a willingness to experiment with new models of intervention, with new criteria that aim to learn a new form of resistance from the action of water: a resilience that places adaptability at the center of the interventions, that opposes all rigidity with a principle of flexibility.

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Edward Burtynsky
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West 8
The New Hondsbossche Dunes, North Holland, The Netherlands, 2013-15
MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
Biesbosch Stad, Rotterdam, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, 2005
Delva Landscape Architects + Dingeman Deijs Architect
Rijkere Dijken, The Netherlands, 2012-13
Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park, Liupanshui, Guizhou, China, 2009-12
Tianjin Qiaoyuan Wetland Park, Tianjin, China, 2005-09
The Harbin Cultural Center Wetland Park, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, 2010-13
Kongjian Yu
Progettare nuove infrastrutture idriche / Designing New Hydrological Infrastructures
Mohammed Rezwan
School Boat, Library Boat, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh, 2002
Il diluvio universale / The Great Flood
Silvia Camporesi 
La terza Venezia / The Third Venice
Pierluigi Nicolin
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Hitoshi Abe
Ripensare la ricostruzione / Rethinking Reconstruction
Makoto Shin Watanabe + Taketo Shimohigoshi
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Tezuka Architects
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Kumiko Inui
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Takahashi Ippei Office
Shichigahama Toyama Nursery School, Shichigahama, Miyagi, Japan, 2011-13
Atelier Bow-Wow
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Core House, Momonoura, Miyagi, Japan, 2012
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
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Yang Zhao
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Toyo Ito & Associates + Maki Onishi / o+h
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Voluntary Architects’ Network / Shigeru Ban
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Paper Log House, Philippines, 2014
Temporary Housing, Onawaga, Japan, 2011
Waggonner & Ball Architects
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Hargreaves Associates
Big Fix, New Orleans, 2006
Make It Right
New Orleans, 2007-
Richard Misrach
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