Selected architectural concepts for New York City in one hundred years' time, presented by various architects and urban planners at a History Channel-sponsored event in Grand Central last week:
1) Convert every borough except Manhattan into greenspace; build Manhattan 65 stories tall to provide enough housing for everyone;
2) Total elimination of cars as a means of transport;
3) Turn roads into watery "veins" as a fuck-you of sorts to global warming;
4) Creation of a series of self-propelled islands that can dock around Manhattan to provide extra space as needed; eg, for CMJ concerts
Naturally, we're fans of #4, though there's something oddly alluring about #1, now that you mention it.
· Visions of Manhattan: For the City, 100-Year Makeovers [NYTimes]
· Damp Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Manhattan [Newsday]