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Floating House Collects Data on How Comfortable We'll Be After the World Floods

The architect worried that architecture is becoming divorced from environment

Preparing for a future in which many more people reside in floating houseboats, Flood House by architect Matthew Butcher has been drifting unoccupied around the Thames Estuary (with the assistance of a tugboat) since mid-April collecting data on temperature, moisture, and wind speed at various points in the Estuary, which will later be used to determine which parts of the house were warm or cold at what points and various livability implications. "I was concerned that we are continuing to build architectures that avoid a direct relationship with the environment and the weather," Butcher said about the project.

A Floating House that Responds to Its Environment [Hyperallergic]