Over the last 100 years, sea levels worldwide have risen by as much as eight inches and that trend is likely to continue due to global climate change. In fact, a recent study said that ocean levels could rise by has much as 6.5 feet by 2100, threatening the way of life for millions of people who live in coastal cities across the world.
Many architectural firms are already taking a proactive approach to this dilemma by rethinking the way we live with water and designing floating infrastructures.
"Floating buildings, roads, green functions, etc., should not be any different than the buildings we are used to nowadays," Ankie Stam, an architect with the Netherlands-based Waterstudio firm told Discovery News. "The only change is that they are not built on a normal static foundation, but on a floating foundation."
Like his colleagues who have multiple floating projects in the works, Stam says society needs to start redefining the concept of habitation. "When we start today, we should do it slowly and do it in a way where we live with the water instead of fighting against the water," he said. "If we do it well, the way we live, play and go to school shouldn’t change."
So click through and take a tour of some of the structures designed for swamping seas.