“Floating” Manhattan high-rise plans look to tackle future floods predicted by global warming

These bold designs propose affordable housing for Manhattan’s skyline, capable of beating the rising sea levels predicted as a result of global warming.

The eye-catching plans feature 19 high-rises in total – cylindrical buildings which would be wrapped in net-shaped frames and overlook New York’s Hudson River.

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The plans propose 450 residences ranging from affordable to luxury; an elevated platform would be wrapped around the base of the buildings, which would be located near the World Trade Center.

At this base, there would be the likes of public pavilions, which, designers DFA hope, would be usage until 2050, when sea levels are expected to have risen between 11 and 30 inches.

As water levels continue to rise, so too will the landscape deck itself, floating as a transformed island, as well as connecting new pathways and evolving an ecosystem in Manhattan.

The towers’ residences would be elevate 60 inches above potential storm surges, protecting lots from flooding.

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These towers will range from 96 to 455 feet in height, and will be set in 11 different clusters.

The plans were put together by D From A (DFA), a New York-based design firm.

DFA’s designs are proposed for Manhattan’s Pier 40 complex, a location that currently houses sporting facilities and also susceptible to being impacted by rising sea levels.

Key sections of the pier would be removed in the future, a DFA representative confirmed, allowing for clear water ways to be created throughout the developments.

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This would allow for transportation from all sides once the location eventually floods, creating a canal-like system similar to that in Venice, Italy.

Such designs, DFA hopes, will also mean the return of indigenous birds to the area, as well providing water species the opportunity to thrive.

Laith Sayigh, DFA’s founding principal, said: “These designs are primarily out there to start a bigger discourse in a sustainable future for New York City and it’s development.

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“We hope that this will raise the awareness of both the public and the private sectors. It’s their efforts to design smart responsive solutions to the real issues that face the city.

“I hope these get attention because they merit it on the grounds of their ideas and solutions to current and future pressing issues.”