Facing Up to Rising Sea Levels:<br> Retreat? Defend? Attack?


Café Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a joint project between RIBA Building Futures and the Institution of Civil Engineers to scrutinise the current practice of coastal flood management in the urban context.

This is a think-piece designed to provoke longer-term thinking about sea level-rise and its implications. Coastal cities have the most acute problem: one tidal flood event can ruin people´s homes and critical infrastructure. The problems and challenges posed by future population growth, urban migration patterns and housing demand will fall predominantly on cities, exaggerating the problem further.

This exhibition forecasts three different attitudes towards flooding policy, and visualises these scenarios in the future. Some of proposals are extremes - they need to be in order to tackle the scale of the problem. Will we chose to retreat, defend or attack?