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 storm devastating the metropolitan region.
Advocating for a long-term resiliency strategy for the Greater Boston area, Sasaki launched a research initiative on sea level rise called Sea Change. The Sea Change team tapped into the firm's interdisciplinary practice to engage in preparedness planning at the building, city, and regional scale. Sasaki designers also collaborated with experts in engineering, academia, advocacy, and policy making to harness sea level rise expertise and push design thinking further.
Sasaki curated an exhibition to showcase this research, highlighting Boston's vulnerabilities and demonstrated design strategies.The exhibition shared the Sea Change research with the broader community in an engaging and accessible format, rich with graphics and interactive media. Events associated with the exhibition catalyzed a conversation among designers, city officials, real estate leaders, and academics about a specific call to action: to develop a regional plan for the Greater Boston area.