Gallery: MOMA Exhibit Offers Real Solutions to NYC’s Rising Tides

With all of that land now under water comes the need for re-thinking travel. One team imagined increasing shipping to take advantage of the new waterways.

The project was sparked by Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement last February of the report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change that predicted that New York City would quickly sink under water if sea levels rise. “Rising Waters” was initiated by the Latrobe Team, a multi-disciplinary Princeton University affiliated group led by Professor Guy Nordenson, a structural engineer. Each of the five teams was given a geographical area to focus on. The project is meant to create real adaptive solutions for New York city and New Jersey.

The teams chosen by MOMA to explore the problem took up shop at P.S. 1 — the MOMA satellite in Long Island City — in November. Their solutions range from the immediate and practical idea of installing pipes under sidewalks and roadways to divert water to the futuristic restructuring of higher ground areas into small islands connected by water channels. Not only do the solutions provide modes of real action for the area they also depict how New York City might look besieged by tidal waves and rising currents.


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  1. Blakeney September 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

    All of these ideas are very creative …but didn’t any of the designers consider how the existing land masses might be saved? I would think avoiding destruction of millions of dollars of existing property, not to mention housing for millions of people would be the priority – instead of ideas of what to do once the flood has taken place.

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  3. lani March 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    this is incredible! thanks for the news!

  4. lafemmeartiste March 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    When this happens, have the Republicans & conservative Democrats build all these creative solutions as community service!!

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