It's the end of the first full working week of 2014 and I've noticed something: I've been thinking a lot about developments suspended in mid-air.
I wrote about Sir Norman Foster's proposed SkyCycle scheme on Monday; I responded to Nicole's piece on urban flood zones on Wednesday; and yesterday I read the director of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Wales said more property developers should build homes on stilts to protect them from flooding. This got me thinking: "What are the most interesting buildings I can find that are suspended in mid-air?"
The 20 answers to this question are in the slideshow below. Click on the photo to begin:
1) Stilt Houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stilt houses are commonly used in countries in Asia, including Bangladesh, and South America to guard against floods and vermin. This type of housing has been around since the Neolithic Era, which predated the Bronze Age, and is still a sensible approach to flood protection.
(Source: dpu-ucl via Flickr)
— Rich Heap, Community Editor, UBM's Future Cities