Underwater City

Sea level rise is becoming a major concern given recent weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy. One way that architects and urban planners have approached the problem is to analyze the extent to which a city can survive underwater. Venice, for example, thrives in a state of constant flood. Streets are not paved impervious surfaces, instead, canals form the major access routes. While embracing water to this extent works for Venice, it would not be practical in other costal cities. However, many architects and planners have begun to design master plans that allow flood water to be incorporated in the design of urban parks and community spaces. The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) recently submitted a proposal for New York City in which the costal areas of the island would be redeveloped so that flood water would become part of the landscape. The redevelopment of the vulnerable lowlands also offers environmental and economic benefits, in addition to shielding the city from future natural disasters. The proposal draws a belt around the city that responds to the social and environmental needs of each area. Parks and community spaces are designed to fill with water if necessary, providing a functional and aesthetic way to contain excess water. Projects such as these are beginning to integrate community spaces and parks with infrastructure that will address the needs of vulnerable costal cities in the event of a flood or sea level rise.

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