WB02 - Design with Climate: A resilient neighborhood for Cambridge.

Tuesday, November 7 from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM | 204AB « Back

Abstract Text:

Climate change is redefining the design parameters for city planning and building design by providing for an uncertain future. Solutions will require further integration of professional expertise in designing systems and specific projects that integrate heat control and water control for storm water.  Design standards, buildings codes, and zoning are elements being currently considered by the City of Cambridge as it is understood that upgrade in infrastructure will not be sufficient to address the challenge of more water.  The panel will discuss models and work-in-progress for the City of Cambridge that will inform the future of the urban projects in the New England area. This session will examine how the climate parameters informed urban design recommendations for a pilot area targeted for substantial growth: the Alewife area, to be integrated in the citywide masterplan Envision Cambridge.  Recommended changes in strategies for building design and urban development will be discussed in the context of the climate change preparedness plan informing the city’s planning effort and the importance of factoring climate change into urban planning decisions. 

Learning Objectives:

Discuss Assessment and Planning for Resilience based on the scientific documentation of climate projections to integrate in design impacts of climate change and long-term building performance. (LEED Credit IPpc98)

Identify Design for Enhanced Resilience which encourages project teams to design and construct buildings that can resistor recover quickly to projected impacts of climate change scenarios. (LEED Credit IPpc990).

3. Gain knowledge of design options for “shelter in place” including passive survivability during extreme climate events to ensure that buildings will maintain reasonable functionality. (LEED Credit IPpc100).

Recognize the importance of resilient buildings for Cambridge in the context of the City’s sustainability goals and focus on achieving Net Zero by 2030.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU|HSW

Education Tracks: WaterBuild Summit

Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session