Floating houses


In South East Asia, flooding is a big and common problem. The floods devastates houses of many people, year after year. Building new houses for them cost a lot of money, especially when flood-proof.

So a Vietnamese firm, H&P Architects, has com up with a way to live with the flood. They’ve designed houses that are able to float. How? They build empty oil containers in the base structure of the house. That structure, and the rest of the house can be built of local, natural resources like bamboo. Also the architects have designed it in an easy way (see picture above) so the people can easily build it themselves. The houses are lightweight, which makes them float even more easy. They are secured with anchors, to make sure the houses don’t drift away with the flood.

H&P architects really designed this for the locals, not to make profit out of it. As flood is a natural phenomenon, there is no way to stop it, so you have to think a better way to live with it, which (I think) they did really good. Everything is made easy for the locals who will build it, as it doesn’t require expensive or not common materials and the structure is designed easy.



One Third by Klaus Pichler

People living in the first world have got a lot of food to consume, actually too much. So many people put leftovers right in the trashcan after dinner, instead of saving it for the next day. Many of us aren’t concious about it, but this is a huge problem here on earth.

Klaus pichler, a photographer from Austria, wanted the world to be concious about the problem, so he decided to set up the ‘One third: a project on food waste’; a series of photos of rotten food on shiny plates or bowls, which makes a big contrast. Besides the photoseries, he also made a booklet where he explains the problem, with photos included.

I think the photoseries is such a good way to show everyone what they’re causing. Humans can remind pictures better than words, so photos who tell a story even better. The food looks beautiful and disgusting at the same time, because of the shiny silverware and the
I do think people will think about the problem after seeing this, but I don’t know if they change their lifestyle because of this, as many people aren’t creative enough to know what to do with those dinner leftovers.