Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rising Currents at MoMA

What effect would rising sea levels have on New York City? The Museum of Modern Art has mounted an exhibit, Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront, that looks at adaptation strategies for New York.
MoMA and its sister institution P.S.1 created five teams to "re-envision the coastlines of New York and New Jersey around New York Harbor." The teams presented adaptation strategies that focus on “soft” infrastructures, instead of building hard sea walls.
The resulting plans include creating new transition area zoning for land being lost to rising water levels, converting some streets in lower Manhattan to waterways, and creating soft barrier island of the current shoreline.
Looking at the drawings and models brings home the cost of responding to rising sea levels. For instance, if we don't act to reverse global warming, Ground Zero would be lost to the encroachment of tidal waters.
Rising Currents can be seen through October 11, 2010.


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