Sasaki hosted a design charrette with The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA), Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC), and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to kick off an international design competition, Boston Living with Water, at the annual ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) last week. The competition calls for design and planning strategies to shape a better-prepared and resilient City of Boston, which will face rising sea levels of a projected five to six feet by the end of the century.
Sasaki will serve an ongoing advisory role for the duration of the competition hosted by TBHA, BSA, the City of Boston, and the BRA. The competition announcement at the ABX design charrette revealed three Boston sites of focus: the Prince Building in Boston's North End, the "100-Acres" section of Fort Point Channel District, and the oft-flooded Morrissey Boulevard.
In creating solutions for each of these sites, participants will be asked to employ principles of living with water, principles drawn in part from a report released by TBHA and Sasaki earlier this summer, Designing With Water, which examined global best practices for accommodating water through urban waterfront design and planning.
This latest charrette comes on the heels of another charrette of similar focus that Sasaki participated in just one month ago, which informed the Urban Land Institute's recent study, The Urban Implications of Living with Water. We at Sasaki are looking forward to collaboratively pushing solutions forward, exploring how to integrate wetlands to absorb excess water, for example, or design buildings with floodable first floors in anticipation of inevitably more frequent flooding.
All of these diverse efforts, built upon deep research and powered by creative collaboration, are starting to coalesce and gather momentum. While announcing the official launch of the Living With Water competition, Mayor Walsh made resiliency planning a top priority in also announcing a new upcoming summit on climate change. With a confluence of government investment, industry thought leadership, and a now global sense of urgency around stemming climate change and bolstering resilience, the time is right to think hard about how Boston can safely remain a coastal city.
Continuing the discussions of resiliency at ABX, Sasaki thought leaders, principals Gina Ford and Jason Hellendrung, also participated in panels with industry peers to share Sasaki's unique blend of practice-driven and researched expertise around coastal resiliency.
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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...