Floating structures. Sustainable? Or not so much?

Good: we safeguard them from sea-level change.
Bad: it's like we're paving over farmland.

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-11-40-48-amSwale, an open-to-all garden on a 130' x 40' barge in Brooklyn, floats in the East River. It not only provides new public space but, because it’s on the water, Swale avoids the city’s prohibition on growing and picking food in public areas.

6-mile floating pontoon on the Chicago River is being planned to serve as a bike path.

There are clusters of houseboats in Sausalito, Seattle, and elsewhere.

Should we be planning for more floating structures - for agriculture, transportation, housing or businesses - as a defense against rising seas and falling lakes?

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