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Studio Lindfors' Haunting Visual Prediction of Our Flooded Future World

by , 11/21/09
filed under: Art, global warming

flooded cities, global warming, climate change, melting ice caps, rising tides, rising water lines, studio lindfors, new york, tokyo, london, paris

The phrases “melting polar ice caps” and “rising water lines” are so ubiquitous now that they’ve almost lost their meaning. It’s all too easy to think “it will happen to that city, not mine.” Well to give us a bit more perspective, Studio Lindfors has presented us with these hauntingly realistic post-flood visions of New York and Tokyo. In a future partially submerged by melting glacier water, gondolas reemerge as a form of travel, riverside plants nestle up against neon street signs, and aquaculture blooms under bridges. It’s Water World without Mel Gibson to ease the blow – scary.

flooded cities, global warming, climate change, melting ice caps, rising tides, rising water lines, studio lindfors, new york, tokyo, london, paris

Still the images are a bit soothing, like the calm landscapes of I am Legend or the long, poetic descriptions in Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us. But this post-apocalyptic landscape is very much populated by people: fishing, foraging, farming, boat-powered cityfolk. Hi-tech people-movers and blimps dot the sky over simple wooden boats.  Lindfors also designed the exhibit for Design for the other 90%, so they’re familiar with simple, international solutions.

flooded cities, global warming, climate change, melting ice caps, rising tides, rising water lines, studio lindfors, new york, tokyo, london, paris

So yes, we adapt.  We accept the loss of skyscraper ground floors everywhere, and start paddling. Regardless, it gives us the sense of more of a middle ground between the utopia-or-apocalypse scenarios that often arise in climate change debate.

flooded cities, global warming, climate change, melting ice caps, rising tides, rising water lines, studio lindfors, new york, tokyo, london, paris

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2 Comments

  1. KatDilan November 25, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Hi all!

    How do I come by prints of these images???

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Snafflepuss November 23, 2009 at 6:20 am

    We never got Mel Gibson, we got Kevin Costner!

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