Philosophy: Divergence


Today there are more cities localized on our coastlines than ever before. Unfortunately, this fact poses an immediate danger due to the rising tides of our oceans.  Together with the increase in global population and coastal erosion,[2] the world will increasingly become a more difficult place to live. 


With our overcrowding cities, mercurial changes in weather and over three quarters of the earth's surface being uninhabited oceans; we need cities that are mobile, seaworthy and capable of avoiding natural disasters.  Thus, by creating these types of cities, architects will lead the way to ensure the safety of the public and ultimately civilization itself.


I believe the most feasible solution to these problems is for us to advance our civilizations onto the oceans.  Moreover, the concept of designing static cities and buildings must evolve with the changing world or we as architects will be at fault for failing to design a survivable future. 

Within the last decade we have seen cities become the tombs of the innocent.  From September 11th, New Orleans, tsunami’s, and earthquakes, we have witnessed destruction on a scale never before seen in modern history.


Therefore, the aim of this research is the creation of a self contained, independent and divergent architectural system capable of being entirely self-sustained within a mobile seafaring environment.  Moreover, through the creation of a closed-loop mobile civilization, both our dependence on land and the impending crisis awaiting static structures will be significantly diminished.


Ultimately, the aim of Divergence is fourfold:

1.            Development of a mobile civilization.

2.            Development of Closed-Loop technologies.

3.            Enable long term survivability and independence.

4.            Bring architectural sensibilities to the creation of an ocean city.



Divergence is a vision where an energy independent sea worthy city is the manifestation of a new enlightened era.  This construct of design represents a new methodology with an emphasis on active and passive systems[1] along with innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and survivability of civilization. 

This concept is based on the ability to provide energy independence for the purpose of changing the model of civilization from a land based society to a water based society.  The reason behind this philosophy is to establish the traits required to pioneer a cultural divergence from land. 

Divergence exists all throughout nature.  For this reason, in order for an organism to be independent and capable of providing for its own survival it needs to break away from its parent constituent, in this case the land based resources of civilization. 

Regarding civilization, Divergence is necessary for technological innovation and for the intensive reinvestment in new and better ways of living.  In essence, it is a disruptive technology necessary to change the current conditions of living on this earth.

Everywhere in nature there is evidence of innovation and evolution.  But yet, civilization has failed to move into its next stage in the evolutionary process.

Since architecture is the basis of civilization, the mode and means of architecture as a vehicle to both contain and facilitate the survival of civilization is an ontological structure for the advancement of civilization onto the oceans. 

This civilization would not only change the societal dynamics of the modern world, but also the cultural dynamics of self governance, independence, survival and citizenship. 

Moreover, this unchartered area at looking at a way that such a society would function would change the nature of what society is.  Whereas the means of being confined to a particular region and being dependent on a particular eco, social or economic system for survival are removed.

Ultimately, this is about the creation of a societies in which the environment itself becomes a clean fuel source and mobility becomes the standard of living.  This new approach of looking at a city in which energy, food, clothing and mobility are integrated into its infrastructure is in essence the nature of what an enclave is.

Ultimately, through this utopian framework, NOAH is the creation of a society in which the environment itself becomes a mobile standard of living.  A space where Zion or the good place can become new nations for those who are nationless.

© 2020 by OpDes Architecture, P.C.

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