№3(59)
September 2017
ISSN
1990-4126

Russian

«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 49 March 2015

Theory of architecture


Tkachev Valentin N.

Doctor of Architecture, professor.
V.I. Surikov State Academic Institute of Art.
Moscow, Russia, e-mail: valentintn@mail.ru

WATER AND CIVILIZATION. Part II. Water World?


The prospects for a "regular" Noah’s Flood are estimated based on a review of historical and modern experiences and alternative hypotheses concerning the feasibility of climate warming and the speed of continental inundation. The architectural utopias imagining possible forms of human living in the future are regarded as blatantly fantastic and not supported by any technological arguments; nor do they take into account the threat of flooding.

Flooding as an external environmental threat would provoke serious changes in social life, international relations, spatial planning and structural forms of architecture, urban planning concepts, and, ultimately, it would bring about a rational attitude towards the imagery of architectural objects. A number of possible transformations are predicted, such as "green architecture", "ready-to-assemble architecture", modular matrix method in urbanism, surface platforms as a living area, floating cities, a new typological classification of structures, etc. It is suggested that the process of transition to the water-world civilisation should have three stages: initial, transitional, and final.

The author raises the issue of transformation of the organismic human race into a technetronic one that would pick up the baton from the current civilisation and open up possibilities to the technoêtre that were unavailable to man, a product of biological development, and absolutely new archetypes of habitation.

Key words: futurism, technetronic civilisation



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