Water World

THE ECONOMIC CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECONOMIC CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECONOMIC CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECONOMIC CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECOLOGICAL CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECOLOGICAL CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECOLOGICAL CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

THE ECOLOGICAL CITY The history of Manhattan, 1660-2200, as envisioned by Field Operations. Until now, development in the city has been driven by economics. But rising sea levels could put ecology in charge. Imagine vegetation shaping development and water commingling with life in the city. Eventually, the southern tip of Manhattan might become its own island with a ring beach at the edge.

Manhattan's watery future: The Architecture Research Office (ARO) imagines new building types hovering over flooded streets in City of the Future (New York 2106). ARO studied the 1874 Viele water map, showing natural underground streams, to determine the areas likely to flood first. The resulting plan echoes early, preland. ll Manhattan, when the waterline was serrated by slips and docks. In this way, says ARO's Adam Yarinsky, the design "engages the city's past as much as its future."

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