Eco-ergonomics and Floating Buildings Design. The Blue Strategy of Wroclaw
Authors: Alina Drapella-Hermansdorfer
Abstract: Due to climate change, the floating buildings and estates may become one of the most important environments to live and work in the next few decades. Amphibian homes that are based on the ground and that float only when flood waters rise are especially required in Poland, where there are no large areas of inland waters, but where much of the urban development is located within the flood plains. Security considerations and environmental responsibility in this regard bring a new dimension to the traditionally understood ergonomics. They affect both the internal layout of the buildings, their construction and installation, as well as the way the surrounding area is used. The setting of standards for floating buildings and the rules of the floodplain management are the main objectives in the Blue Strategy of Wroclaw (BSW). The BSW, which is created at the University of Technology in Wroclaw, is the first attempt to find a comprehensive solution to these issues across the city’s riverside. Pilot projects are prepared by students and they focus on the modular floating buildings, intended for public use, such as sports, leisure, cultural activities and co-working. This evolution of the working space seems to be significant for the information society.
Keywords: Floating Buildings, Ecological and Human Factors, Mainstreaming of Technologies
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