Students design plan to live with climate change in 50 years

Published: Thursday 15 March 2007

A small group of students in Brooklyn, usa, have designed a plan for living with climate change. The students look ahead 50 years to see how rising seas might flood the Brooklyn waterfront neighbourhood of Dumbo, in a small exhibit called 'Dumbo Under Water' at a Brooklyn gallery this month.

The students used nasa projections of rising sea levels from melting ice caps and redesigned the buildings and landscape instead of evacuating the neighbourhood, said Abhijit Shinde, one of four students who came up with the plan. "We looked at one neighbourhood, but it could be a lesson for all waterfronts," he added. Shinde hopes one of New York's museums might expand it. The exhibit includes diagrams showing streets raised and buildings on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, an island made of recycled material and connecting pedestrian bridges.

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