Rising

Project Director: Mingyue Chen (Concept Iteration, Prototyping, Physical Computing, Sound)

Physical Computing: Chu Li

Animation: Henry Haoyu Wang, Marjorie Yang

Game Design: Leo Ji

Data Modeling: Ruijie Sun

Tools: Arduino Uno, Unity, Python

Date: 2022.9

The sea level of New York has risen 9 inches since 1950 due to global carbon emissions, and New York adds to global warming as the third-largest carbon-emitting city. In 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project. At the beginning of 2022, Rutgers professor Jason Barr proposed an expansion of New York City —” New Mannahatta”—as a single solution to expensive real estate and increasing issues of global warming-related climate threats. 

Rising is a collaborative, interactive experience game installation based on a real-world environmental crisis. This project includes scientific modeling, interactive installations, and card games. The interactive installation features animated projections and procedural lighting, which provides visuals that change referenced on the projected climate data for New York City and the polar regions from 2022 to 2042. The audience—the MicroSociety—can participate in the experience through a card game and social class role-plays. During the gameplay, the participants are guided to choose activities to combat global warming or prioritize individual benefits. The installation’s visuals change based on the MicroSociety’s carbon emissions.

During times of the day that are designated “play times,” power will activate the game, and people can enter. One person can stay in the middle, given a projector powered by a computer that displays information about how to play the game and interact with the users. Surrounded by ambient sound, users will play a card game that will trigger a lighting system to display their decisions’ effect on a rising global sea level. The game will continue until it can no longer be played, and a system will activate to restart once the members leave and new members come in.

By interacting with Rising, participants understand environmental issues and see two decades of scientific prediction in New York and the polar regions. They also experience real-time climate change and face the dilemma of protecting the environment and personal interests. Designed as a collaborative experience, Rising participants are prompted to work together to save the environment.

Concept Sketch

Research

Presented in Cumulus Conference Detroit 2022

Project

Presented in This Is Not A Drill Exhibition