The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom



Relocation The Making of Utopia. A Speculative Scenario that Relocates Human Habitat From a Land Based System to a Water Based System


The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom is a demonstration project concerning a regional environmental strategy addressing 23 000 sq km of the Danish Territorial Waters and mainland Jutland Peninsula, with a focus study on the building of the Ministry.


The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom is a project showing a model of embracing ocean level rise and consequently taking up life on water. The Ministry has a strategic approach to the foreseeable event of ocean level rise and it operates through a set of components that prepare, protect and provide for the population and the territory under flood threat. These components include habitation, transportation, natural environment, infrastructure, and logistics. Moreover, The Ministry represents and act of education about the ocean and its values: it mediates dialogue between people who part similar hardships and want to share knowledge with compassion and generosity.


The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom has both local and international responsibility in the upcoming events of global environmental challenges. The Ministry provides a new model of habitation for the local population (coast and not only) ready to remain and pursue a lasting and fruitful life on water and it also protects people who face the same danger of ocean level rise anywhere on the globe. The model of the Ministry will, therefore, diminish the number of global environmental migrants.


The specific area of activity of the Ministry of Ocean Wisdom is a 22 km wide strip of water along the coast of Jutland Peninsula, also called Territorial Waters. In addition, this area will extend inland as ocean level will rise.





Project Team


Victor Moldoveanu

September 2016 - June 2017



CJ Lim and Eva Rosborg Aagaard


Technical Consultants

Simon Dickens, The Bartlett UCL

Matthew Wells, Techniker Structural Engineers

Markus Krauss, Transsolar Climate Engineers

Jette Birkeskov Mogensen, Schmidt Hammer Lassen


Invited Critics

Christine Hawley

Chris Thurlbourne

Heidi Merrild

Naina Gupta

Claudia Carbone

Tine Nørgaard

Thomas Hilberth

Design Realisation Report

DIN A4, August 2017

This report aims to introduce knowledge that is required in the realisation of building projects, within professional architectural design practice. The understanding of topics, such as planning, structural principles, construction, materials, details, building performance, building codes etc. is demonstrated in relation to the main building design project. The Design Realisation includes multiple amounts of stakeholders. In order to grasp the task of project delivery, project management is presented, understanding the importance of an interdisciplinary approach and integration, in order to create a successful project.

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