Escape From Rising Sea Levels With a Pixelated City in the Sky

by , 07/08/10

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As rising sea levels become more inescapable every day, some designers are planning for the future and creating concepts for how we might ultimately be forced to live. Turkish architects Sinan Gunay and Mustafa Bulgur, who have accepted our watery fate, say forget trying to hold the seas back, and just build higher. City(e)scape, an eVolo entry, is their proposal for a new landscape built 70 meters above the water and attached to existing skyscrapers, creating a new ground plane.

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When sea levels rise, the ground in parts of NYC will be swallowed up, leaving skyscrapers as pillars in the water. City(e)scape proposes to hook into these buildings at a higher level above the sea and create catwalks and a series of cubic structures strung between buildings. New streets would look something like the Highline Park, elevated above the water with vegetation as well as areas for growing food.

Building the new plane high enough would also allow for an increase in the sea levels, while a series of structures and connectors would lead towards the water for sea access. Some of the cubic structures would also be specifically designed for food production and water storage.

Via eVolo

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  1. RandysRules July 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    With virtually all of the existing infrastructure of the city and of individual buildings flooded by rising water in this scenario, this “pretty” solution simply does not “hold water”.

  2. kristiantheconqueror July 9, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Decent idea in principle – you’d need to constantly monitor the steel foundations of your new islands for rust though.

    Unfortunately this seems the stupidest, least thought-through way of accomplishing the goal. Strikes me as though the person responsible for this got lazy when it came to developing their idea, and so just got a little happy with the stamp tool in photoshop.

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