Adaptation(s) at The Pratt House on Governor’s Island, co-curated by SO – IL’s Jing Liu, is a laboratory of future urban living

Governor’s Island—a 172-acre landmass just 800 yards south of Manhattan—is a great testbed for innovating new technology in the face of global warming. Today, over one-tenth of the global population lives on islands, a number that is expected to grow amid rising sea levels. New York’s Governor’s Island has space and parameters that make it ripe for architects to explore new ideas for this imperiled condition, just look at the new climate-focused hub by SOM, New York Climate Exchange. Its relatively low level of infrastructure access challenges today’s architects to imagine future living where homes are lit by off-grid electrical solutions, communities have zero-waste, cyclical economies, locally-sourced building

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