VISION AND VISIONARIES: Jacques Rougerie
Living with the Sea
02. Februar 2011
Lecture at the DAZ Taut Saal, 7.00 pm
The lecture will be in French. Please register at email@example.com and let us know if you need simultaneous translation (French-German).
The sea is the strong passion as well as source of inspiration for the renowned French architect Jacques Rougerie. For more than three decades he is engaged in designing and building underwater structures that will teach men a better understanding of the underwater world and, finally, how to live under the sea. Rougerie`s projects – starting with “Galathee”, his first underwater habitat built in 1977 – follow the line of France`s long tradition and leading role in deep sea research.
His recent project ”SeaOrbiter” is an unique exploration vessel and drifting sub-marine, designed to monitor the ocean 24 hours a day. Over long periods, which could be extended to an entire year, multidisciplinary teams of up to 18 researchers can live and work in the 51 metres high vessel. Five of a total of nine floors are below sea level and reach a depth of 31 metres. The “aquanauts” are provided with an open view into the depth of the ocean as well as given unrestrained access to the underwater world from an outside platform. At the same time men`s long-term stays under water will deliver insights for the future plans for underwater cities. The results of research gathered during “SeaOrbiter” expeditions are also used to enhance the public`s awareness for a responsible exposure of the underwater environment. The completion and first test cruises in the Mediterranean Sea are planned in 2013.
DAZ Lecture Series VISION AND VISIONARIES
In looking at current developments around the world and within our civil societies, we are provoked to ask the complex question: “How do we want to live in the future?”. It is increasingly clear that, in order to meet the demands for a livable future environment, we will need visionary, interdisciplinary approaches to possible solutions. The DAZ is therefore initiating a lecture series in which protagonists that are outstanding and visionary in their respective discipline will reveal their projects, perspectives and strategies, thereby offering inspiration for the further development of a sustainable architecture and urban planning.
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Image: SeaOrbiter, © Jacques Rougerie Architect