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. The Sea Change: Boston exhibition at District Hall examines Boston's vulnerabilities to sea level rise and demonstrates proactive design strategies at the building, city, and regional scale. The exhibition is intended to catalyze conversations with a broader audience about the tough questions and regional implications of sea level rise.
To visualize different flooding scenarios and the city systems that will be affected in Boston, please visit our interactive map.
Having worked along many waterfronts across the US and internationally, several Sasaki practitioners saw the need for greater understanding around climate change, sea level rise, and resilience. And after Superstorm Sandy nearly missed Boston, Sasaki Associates recognized an opportunity to plan for resilience proactively in Boston, rather than waiting for a natural disaster to necessitate change. Over the course of a year, an interdisciplinary design team studied what is at risk and how to best prepare our metropolitan area for future climate projections. Team members led design workshops with Sasaki's annual internship program and a studio at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) which zoomed into South Boston and East Boston to look at more site-specific solutions for these vulnerable neighborhoods. Throughout the process, the firm cultivated partnerships with the BAC, The City of Boston, and The Boston Harbor Association to engage the broader community.
Sea Change: Boston not only proposes smaller scale design interventions, but also zooms out to understand the regional implications of sea level rise in order to proactively design and plan for the Greater Boston area. The exhibition is designed to communicate the complexities of sea level rise and resilience in a clear, accessible, and balanced way, with the goal of raising awareness among the general public and encouraging call for action at the city and regional scales.