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New York City - the new Venice

Though we may be big-time eco wonks, there's always a little George Costanza in us that makes us wish we would have went in to architecture.  Designing the future, envisioning the built environment - sounds alright by us.  Well today these two passions of ours coexist.

From now until October 11, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is showing Rising Currents - a project inspired by the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal cities.  Working in collaboration with the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, five teams of architects and landscape designers were asked to envision projects for New York City’s future coastline. The plans all create what they call “soft” infrastructures — landscapes that will allow rising sea levels to flow within and around the building sites where power, water, sewer, and gas lines are encased in waterproof vaults beneath the sidewalks.

This should be both a good lesson and inspiration for urban planners, architects, government officials and civic leaders that NOW is the time to act upon the reality we face.  Read more about this exhibit HERE and enjoy the designs after the jump.

Explanations of designs can be found HERE.

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