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Making Lemonade out of Climate Lemons

Posted by Tiffany Clements on January 11, 2010

ClimateWire (via NYT) has a sneak peek of a forthcoming MoMA exhibit created by architects attempting to replace New York City’s infrastructure with one that could withstand sea level rises of more than two feet.

The architects aren’t asked to paint sea level rise as a positive thing, but instead to propose ways for the city to make the city more resilient and to make the best out of a bad situation. The teams acknowledge that if predictions of a rise of 2 feet or more over the next several decades prove correct, large chunks of the city that are now populated will have to be permanently abandoned to the ocean. But allowing the sea to once again creep into city space doesn’t necessarily have to be all negative, they say.

So what does this hypothetical post-climate-change NYC Look like?

Well, maybe not exactly. (But who isn’t looking forward to drinking their own urine?)

Ideas on display in “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront” would make certain parts of lower Manhattan Venice-like, allowing water in during high tide and convert Battery Park into wetlands. And, apparently, rising sea levels might help revive the long-extinct oyster industry. I find it difficult to believe the edibility of the tiny, slimy boogers on the half-shell delicacies could be improved by NYC waters, but stranger things have happened.

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