In the most recent issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, Elizabeth S. Padjen writes about the Sea Change: Boston symposium cohosted by Sasaki and the Boston Architectural College (BAC) in April.
Sasaki and the BAC brought together experts in design, engineering, advocacy, and government to discuss the Boston area's vulnerabilities to sea level rise, and strategies for resilience.
Elizabeth's article examines key conversations from the event. She writes:
Long Wharf, between the aquarium and the North End, now floods regularly, as does Morrissey Boulevard, where portable signboards warn of "wicked high tides"—the new vernacular for astronomical high tides. Brian Swett, the city's chief of environment and energy, stated the challenge succinctly: "We need to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable." Someplace in between is still a Boston that is wicked wet.
It is projected that sea levels will rise two feet by mid-century and six feet by 2100. The new tide line will transform the coastal landscape of Greater Boston and increase the probability of a major...