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What Manhattan, Tokyo could look like after a catastrophic flood

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New York City and Tokyo are favorites to be destroyed on the silver screen. But what if they were merely flooded over time by rising sea levels?

New York City and Tokyo are favorites to be destroyed on the silver screen, but what if they were merely flooded over time by rising sea levels?

With the world's ice caps melting and global climate change on everyone's lips, it's not such an remote possibility. And with consideration to both super-cities -- New York City counts 9 million people as inhabitants and Tokyo 13 million -- it's not just the shock of major flooding that's worth noticing.

It's how life could change permanently. (In this case, New Yorkers and Tokyoites ought to take a page from Venetians.)

In a series of photos, Studio Lindfors offers a vision in which people, and the cities they live in, have learned to adapt to the overwhelming presence of water.

The message: politics aside, the future of urban planning involves designing with water. Since 70 percent of the Earth is already covered by it, it seems that it's a no-brainer.

Check out the entire photo set for the full experience.

[via BLDGBLOG]

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