POG Pod Off-Grid
Book by Jason Pomeroy
ORO Editions (softcover, 208 pages)
With the world’s population expected to exceed 9.7 billion by the year 2050, the time to rethink how – and perhaps more importantly, where – we live, is now. For Singapore architect Jason Pomeroy, this means looking to the two-thirds of the earth’s surface covered by water. Pomeroy – known for his forward-thinking approach to zero-carbon, land-based developments (including Idea House in Malaysia, Asia’s first carbon-neutral residence) – has turned his attention to completely waterborne communities, or POGs.
He outlines his Pod Off-Grid methodology in easy-to-digest essays, with sketches, renderings and photography of projects from his own built portfolio, such as Lexis Hibiscus, a floating resort rooted off the coast of western Malaysia. He also includes five student-workshop case studies aimed at equipping Venice with novel retail, agriculture and mixed-use strategies – tools it can use to move into the 21st century. As cities near maximum capacity, Pomeroy’s argument for migrating from land to sea has never felt more compelling.
By Kendra Jackson, Azure Magazine.