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Anti-Tsunami Landscapes
Cloaking Device

As reported today in New Scientist and elsewhere, the same basic principles used in recent experiments to render objects invisible at least in some parts of the electromagnetic spectrum have been employed to develop a dike system that can shield objects they surround from water waves.

This system is composed of “concentric rings of rigid pillars.” Waves passing through its “labyrinth of radial and concentric corridors” are not cancelled out but rather are reconfigured (re-sculpted?) in such a way that they pass through the object inside with little or no effect.

If this scheme can work in scaled-up versions, it may well protect vulnerable coastlines, entire islands and offshore oil platforms from destructive tsunamis.

Tsunami Invisibility Cloak

While acknowledging the skepticism of so many directed at this tsunami cloaking device, we have to confess to being quite mesmerized, to the detriment of our rational faculties, by the incredibly poetic image of these barriers submerged in the gloomy depths: a flooded forest of concrete colossi diffracting sunlight into its own prismatic corridors.

Perhaps they've been turned into artificial coral reefs to generate some ecotourism income to diversify the local economy and offset construction costs. Or maybe they've been topped off with wind turbines. Or both: The Anti-Tsunami Wind Farm and Barrier Reef Wildlife Park. Surely an ideas competition must be held so as to generate other possible programmes.

In any case, it's probably something Peter Eisenman would design if hired by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Thousands of years from now, when the glaciers come to reclaim back territories they had once surrendered and sea levels retreat in response, they will begin to emerge out of the waters: false skyscrapers barnacled with the ossified remains of countless generations of organisms but still retaining their minimalist geometry; a labyrinth of monoliths taking measurements of a landscape in flux but whose true functions have long been forgotten.

“They are memorials to ancient mariners lost at sea,” one of our many-times-great-grandsons will speculate.

“They're astronomical observatories,” another will suggest.

“You're both wrong,” a future crypto-geographer will shout. “It's a contemplative space designed by a 21st century landscape architect, though rather than being used as a place of serene meditation, it became the well-concealed playground of horny teens, drug dealers and rapists, as well as the pissoir of inebriated sports fans.”

Soon afterwards they will shriek in frustration like Kubrickian apes.

Versailles in the Pacific

“On evacuation and atomization uses his self-energy and on drifting atomization sea waters skywards”

Submerged Ziggurat?
  • some lo-cale loser
  • September 30, 2008 at 9:48:00 AM CDT
  • Wait a minute, Statue of Liberty!?

    You blew it up, you maniacs!!!

  • Alexander Trevi
  • September 30, 2008 at 3:35:00 PM CDT
  • Charlton Heston amongst the false skyscrapers.

    I like that image very much.

  • Anonymous
  • October 1, 2008 at 12:50:00 PM CDT
  • why 'false' skyscrapers? put some multi-use development in there - like a mass-void assignment gone terribly right, one column of stacked rooms sheathed by a couple hundred feet of solid... concrete? what are these things made of?

    ..that model is only 10 cm across. imagine if brunelleschi made a little tiny duomo, and was like, "see? it'll work. now give me two maidens."

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