The Isle of Global Britain
The United Kingdom in the Southern Hemisphere

The Isle of Global Britain is a branch of the United Kingdom in the Southern Hemisphere for the post-Brexit era. 2% of the size of the United Kingdom, the new British Isle protects British economy, ecology and human resources - the well-being of elderly British subjects.

Inspired by the portable floating ‘Mulberry Harbour’ developed by the British Army during the Second World War, the extraordinary infrastructure transforms water into an inhabitable island from plastic and wastes in 12 days!
 
Like Alice Liddle (of Wonderland), the elderly protagonists go seeking adventure and opportunities to contribute to ‘national’ security. They, like the characters in ‘Dad’s Army’, will protect the sovereignty of the Falklands as well as fight against the abuse of the environment and natural resources. This is because the Isle of Global Britain within the territorial waters of the Falkland Islands; shielding the ecology of the British Overseas Territories.
 
The project explores the alternative states of mind (for better or for worst), nostalgia for childhood and reclaiming independence - all seemed presciently captured in the surreal story of Alice.

The proposed infrastructure suggests creating land sustainably above water. Water being the new ground aims to leverage on the abundance of environmental waste, transforming our environmental concerns into potentially productive and sustainable cities. From alternative renewable energy to the conversion of marine debris for land expansion, transformative architecture could relief the detrimental effects of climate change and introduce a new way of living to embrace fluctuating environments.

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Inspiration & Narrative

Climate change & Alice's Adventures Underground

The Red Queen and the White Queen depicts global warming and cooling respectively. The carbon emitting sites and industries are the Red Queen’s Rose Garden, while the natural carbon sinks are the White’s Queen’s territories.

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Alice’s Adventures Underground

by Lewis Carroll, 1965

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The Environmental War

The Red Queen and the White Queen

The research sheets show the Red Rose Garden & White Rose Garden in contemporary context.

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The drawing represents the environmental war between the Red Queen and the White Queen. While the Red Queen is polluting and heating the globe, the White Queen is trying to protect and cool down the environment.

Carbon Cycle

BREXIT: THE GLOBAL BRITAIN

Where are they? How do they form? A new building material?

Plans to travel, to spend time outdoors, to “live life to the full” and keep physically fit are priorities as they age for those between 55 and 65.

The retirees of the future will be more ‘active age pensioners’ than ‘old age pensioners’ with many more viewing themselves as busier than the previous older generation.

The project encourages the elderlies in their 60s and 70s could actually be the best decade of their life.

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PLASTIC, PLASTIC EVERYWHERE...

Where are they? How do they form? A new building material?

The project aims to explore the potential use of recycled global ocean wastes (plastics and fish nets) as a new sustainable building material.

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AGEING WELL: THE ACTIVE RETIREMENT SOCIETY

A long-term plan for elderly care

As our society ages, the costs of caring for older generations – pensions, pensioner benefits, health and social care – rise. In regards to the U.K.’s Conservative Manifesto, it suggests:
    A long-term plan for elderly care
    A sustainable elderly care system
are needed.

Plans to travel, to spend time outdoors, to “live life to the full” and keep physically fit are priorities as they age for those between 55 and 65.

The retirees of the future will be more ‘active age pensioners’ than ‘old age pensioners’ with many more viewing themselves as busier than the previous older generation.

The project encourages the elderlies in their 60s and 70s could actually be the best decade of their life.

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In search of Alternative Land

The antipodes: The Falkland Islands

The project investigates an alternative land for potential inhabitation. It aims to address and question about conventional way of living in present day habitats. Could it be possible to live on a land which is built on water rather than a land which is built on top of soil?

Sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) is disputed by Argentina and the United Kingdom. The oil rich Antarctic seabed attracted oil exploration by the Argentines and tension has risen after Brexit.

The proposal aims to design a ‘sustainable’ island (made of recyclable plastic) on the water surface of the oil drilling target zone. By emulating ‘Alice’s adventure in Wonderland’ as a catalyst, it realises the sustainable construction of a water to land inhabitable paradise at the anti-pole of the United Kingdom.

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'I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! 
Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?' said Alice