Floating Scrapers

FloatingScrapers proposes shading over Lake Orumiyeh as a fictional means to cover it from evaporation. The solution, though seems unrealistic in the beginning, can be elaborated using deferent design strategic methods. The project will be able to improve tourism in the area as well as function as an incredible hotel. The basic idea of a plumb-bob helped the towers to settle on the lake.

Lake Orumiyeh (also Orumieh or Urmia) in northwestern Iran is one of the world’s largest landlocked salt lakes. In recent years, the lake shrinks to an enormous extent.

Orumiyeh is fed by roughly 60 rivers and streams—some permanent and some ephemeral—that also deliver salts to the lake. Because the lake lacks an outlet, those salts accumulate in the basin. As the region’s arid climate evaporates the water, the salts crystallize along the shore.

The Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite (NASA Earth Observatory) captured these natural-color images of Lake Orumiyeh on August 13, 2011 (right), and August 25, 1998 (left). The most obvious difference between the two images concerns the rocky outcrop near the image center. In 1998, it is an island. In 2011, it is surrounded by dry land. Satellite observations of Orumiyeh’s surface levels show an overall decline of about 4 meters between 1992 and 2011, with an increase in water levels in the mid-90s.



FloatingScrapers proposes shading over Lake Orumiyeh as a fictional means to cover it from evaporation. The solution, though seems unrealistic in the beginning, can be elaborated using deferent design strategic methods. The project will be able to improve tourism in the area as well as function as an incredible hotel. The basic idea of a plumb-bob helped the towers to settle on the lake.



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Team Members: Iman Amini, Delaram Zarnegar and Alireza Houbakht