An article was recently posted on archdaily.com that discusses perhaps the most serious impact of climate change: human migration as people flee rising coastlines, storm inundated areas, and drought. A proposed solution? Floating cities. Yes, here is the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced, and some architects and city planners believe that mega structures are the appropriate response.
While I appreciate the creativity, these ideas show an utter lack of the realities we face. We must cease industrial levels of energy and material use within no more than 30 years. Grand visions must be replaced by small scale, local, and bioregionally based adaptations.
There wont be any great images that will come from that, but it is what is needed, and in fact, what will happen, eventually, in the wake of great destruction and upheaval if nothing else.
All designers must begin to challenge these kinds of ideas: Where will the energy come from to build such things? The materials? How will it be maintained in the low energy future? What resources would be used for this and how could they be better used?
There will be no starchitects in the coming world. Only people whose innate creativity will help us work with reality.