UltraMarina – Pollution of the Past, Potential for the Future


Name: Megan Elekes

Nationality: Canadian

Institution: Carleton University


Name: Sharmeen Rizvi

Nationality: Canadian

Institution: Carleton University


Name: Laetitia Chang 

Nationality: Canadian

Institution: Carleton University


-FINALIST of Waterless World Competition


The rapidly accelerating water crisis has created a need for architectural adaptation, in which cities and people must adapt to alternative water sources and rising sea levels. The source of the issue is not a lack of water, rather, the misuse of water; there is abundant water in our oceans to sustain life for hundreds of generations to come. UltraMarina eliminates the concern of flooding due to sea levels rising by pushing urban development onto the sea itself. In the North Pacific Ocean Gyre, calm tidal currents accommodate urban living above water. The city’s building materials are partially sourced and repurposed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, further contributing to long-term sustainability. UltraMarina focuses on tackling the shortage of fresh water through the use of systems that rely on rainwater harvesting, filtering ocean water, and reusing treated water. Self-sustaining neighbourhoods are retrofitted with these systems and solar panels, while civic buildings and the city centre upcycle polluted shipping containers into usable community spaces to create a new water-conscious urban utopia. Built to outlast the future, the floating pods are modular and can be easily expanded if necessary, making UltraMarina the future blueprint of urban living in a water-scarce world.


#life above water #sea level rise #recycling #desalinization #freshwater conservation

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