We are thrilled to announce that Sea Change: Boston won an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award. Sea Change: Boston is a research initiative on sea level rise advocating for long-term coastal resiliency in the Greater Boston area. The exhibition, which was on view at District Hall, shared this research with the Boston community in an engaging and accessible format, rich with graphics, photography, and interactive media.
A key factor in the success of Sea Change was its ability to catalyze a conversation among designers, city officials, real estate leaders, nonprofits, academics, and the wider public about coastal vulnerability in Boston.
"Effectively communicating the consequences of sea level rise in a way that isn't overwhelming is a big challenge. To do so while also exploring how the Boston community can take effective action to protect itself is an even greater achievement," commented Carl Spector, Commissioner of the Environment Department for the City of Boston, who participated in the exhibition symposium. "The Sea Change exhibition helped expand the awareness and deepen our knowledge of climate action. This recognition is well deserved."
As advisor, reviewer, and speaker at the 2014 symposium, Julie Wormser, Vice President for Policy at Boston Harbor Now agrees "the exhibition was extremely well designed and attended and was a significant factor in accelerating Boston's efforts to get ahead of the next Big One in preparing for coastal flooding."
Sea Change's ability to reach a wide audience and generate dialogue about coastal resiliency garnered it an ASLA Honor Award in communications. Jurors praised the project for its "accessibility" and "multi-modal" nature.
"I'm proud of the research and exhibition we produced with the input of so many others," says Sasaki Principal, Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, a leader of the initiative. "Our goal for the exhibition was to raise awareness about Boston's vulnerability to sea level rise and demonstrate the leadership role designers can take in generating strategies to make Boston more resilient in the face of these vulnerabilities. In advocating resilience strategies, we also wanted to showcase the myriad benefits of resiliency efforts such as community development, economic development, the creation of vibrant public spaces, and strengthened ecological systems."
Congratulations to everyone contributed to this achievement! The entirety of the team is listed below.
Project Curators: Nina Chase, ASLA, Chris Merritt, ASLA, Ruth Siegel, ASLA, Carey Walker Leadership Team: Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, Gina Ford, ASLA, Robert L. Culver, James Miner, Steve Brittan Communications Team: Tera Hatfield, Emily Junker, Liz Juusola, Laura King, Jay Nothoff, Christian Spanring, Michael Tavilla Research Team: Jill Allen Dixon, Sloan Dawson, Kevin Hebard, Chris Horne, Jessica Kimball, Lu Peng, Anna Scherling. Daniel Xu Symposium Chair: Shaun O'Rourke, ASLA Special thanks to: Seaport Graphics, Leah Bamberger, Frances Bui, Edward Davis, Kevin Essington, Paul Kirshen, Lauren Klonsky, Vivien Li, Hubert Murray, Jim Newman, Gavin Schaefer, Carl Spector, Arlen Stawasz, Brian Swett, Julie Wormser Personal Stories Interviewees: Brittany Atkinson, Bill Bell, Rose Di Mare, Sebastian Di Mare, Linda Gaffney, Jay Gray, Anna Harrison, Ben Lloyd, Rob McPherson, Frank Patania, Maurice Rigaud, Michael Riolo, Robert Torosian Sasaki Intern Charette (Summer 2013): Jennifer Corlett, Zhenwen Dai, Justin Garrison, Kevin Hebard, Joy Hu, Maureen Lyne, Jessica MacDonald, Benjamin Roush, Rhiannon Sinclair, Andrew Turco, Daniel Xu, Xin Zheng BAC Natural Systems Studio (Fall 2013): Bradly Barco, Callum Davies, Michael Hussey, Lisa Ishihara, Susan Karim, Student ASLA, Anahita Kianous, Associate ASLA, Sandra Larrauri, Student ASLA, Matthew Rezendes, Betsy Sayer, Michal Szymanski Partners: City of Boston, The Boston Harbor Association, Boston Architectural College, District Hall
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