Fast Company staffer Adele Peters takes a look at one architect's proposed solution for low-lying cities that have trouble with flooding. Inspired by amphibious houses, Lira Luis' concept asks: what if buildings could avoid flooding simply by not touching the ground at all?
Lira thought up the concept after working with magnets on another installation that was located on water. She realized that even through a layer of water, the magnets still repel each other when held the wrong way.
"This is where my a-ha moment came," she says. "What if buildings and cities levitated?" While magnetic levitation is used in transportation systems, such as Japan's bullet trains, she realized that she'd never seen it used in architecture. There may be a reason for that—it may be completely impractical. But Luis is committed to trying it out.