Project Ark

Instructor: Yen-Wen Shao 

Site: Jakarta, Indonesia

In the myths of many nations around the world record the Great Flood story, which seems to reflect the global warming of the modernization. Most countries face the problem of rising sea levels by building sea walls. However, the effect of the sea walls is temporary.
Taking cruise ships and aircraft carriers as an example; all equipment and needs can be satisfied. Yet no matter which one, they all have to go to the land to return to the "home." What if human life's future extends to the sea and experiences for a long time, how to cope with water's coexistence, and satisfy human dependence on the land?

Concept image
Relocating land-based residents to the sea, consisting of multiple units. Each unit has a set of education, medical, and shopping center. Residents can take the sea bus to other units according to their needs. In the beginning, they still need to rely on the land. As time goes by, each life function becomes mature. Electricity and food production can be self-sufficient to relieve population pressure.


With an area of only 661.5 square kilometers, the population has exceeded 10 million people. In addition to the problem of rising sea levels, the "water privatization" policy has also led to the problem of pumping groundwater. Therefore, there are serious subsidences. The most severe areas have even been more than four meters below sea level. Jakarta proposes the possibility of building giant sea walls and migrating the capital.

Ocean Thermal Electric Conversation(OTEC) system

Utilizing a temperature difference between the sea level and the seabed, which is about 25 degrees Celsius, to turn on the turbine and generator. Also, the by-product of this power generation is pure water. The produced water can be used for hydroelectric power. Then send the purified water to residential areas and agricultural areas.