Floating narratives

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


Urban areas face significant pressure from a multitude of social, economic, and environmental challenges, with cities situated on water, including coastal regions, river cities, and delta landscapes, being particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate extremes. This compels both public and private entities to develop adaptive strategies across various scales and temporalities. A recent UN report (2022) has projected a potential rise in sea levels of up to two meters by 2100, posing a profound threat to major coastal urban centers. Concerns have been raised by researchers regarding the efficacy of conventional seawalls and storm surge barriers, warning of potential exacerbation of flooding issues in the long term. It is argued that relying solely on rigid infrastructure is insufficient to address the challenges posed by rising waters; instead, a paradigm shift towards adaptable structural designs and cultural attitudes is imperative. This contribution advocates for the development of innovative (floating) narratives and planning tools that prioritize water-centric approaches to urban design, facilitating the necessary adaptation towards changing water dynamics.
Period28 May 2024
Event title2024 Floating Habitat Symposium
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational