In a world where climate change has become a very real threat—it has become hard to ignore the extreme weather unfolding around us, most recently in Baton Rouge, La.—architects and engineers are striving to think up solutions to combat these natural forces. Coastal cities are on high alert for rising sea levels, and thus, have come up with design solutions to guard themselves from disasters.

These seven projects highlighted on Wired illustrate the various solutions cities are coming up with, from "Japan Seawall" (a response to the tsunami that devastated the area in 2011), and New York City's "The Big U" (after Hurricane Katrina in 2005) to the "MOSE Project" in Venice, Italy.

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