The products are part of her project ‘Floating Among Clouds’; a system created to adapt to a waterlogged environment and aid survival in times of floods. In the wake of the recent hurricane, the significance of disaster management products is increasing steadily. Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Asnate Bockis realised two lifesaving products as a part of her project ‘Floating Among Clouds’, a system created to adapt to a waterlogged environment and aid survival in times of floods.
One of the products is an urban street seating called ‘Trapp’. In happier times, it acts as a casual public bench, but in the case of a flood, it will float upwards, positioned vertically, to become a mini island refuge. The other product, ‘Cloud’, is another piece of floating furniture, but for a domestic setting. Cloud can be transformed from a soft sofa to a boat, complete with rudder for balance.
Objectives and beneficiaries
Communities subjected to natural hazards and extreme events.
Strong points of the practice
It is a design product that could be insert in every urban or household context.
Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation
It could easily save lives in case of emergency. It could be used during the first aid response phase.
Replicability potential of the practice