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Floating Solutions: The New Meaning of Mobility

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Floating architecture has a new dimension: from completely static and permanent forms on land to becoming non-stationary. The aim of this paper is to define the new meaning of mobility when it comes to modern, floating space and to analyze opportunities it offers in the future. Through analysis of some examples of good practices, different ideas and aspects are presented. For example, floating buildings can be readily relocated when necessary, be used only periodically on specific locations or for a specific purpose, and be moved only vertically during the tide. Movable architecture is more adaptable and sustainable. The design approach changes a lot as we can now manipulate space in a more dynamic and flexible manner. Water, as an unstable environment, requires people to be more active and provokes their curiosity. Since structures are movable and can be relocated elsewhere offshore, users may need to use alternative ways of getting to them or might employ specific modes while using the space. Mobility, being the pivot of contemporary society, gives ability to movable structures to follow the pace of modern life and global tendencies, while understanding and satisfying people’s needs.

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Simovic, M., Krasic, S., Nikolic, M. (2020). Floating Solutions: The New Meaning of Mobility. In: Wang, C., Lim, S., Tay, Z. (eds) WCFS2019. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering , vol 41. Springer, Singapore.

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