TS12 - The Good, the Bad, and the Wet: Boston’s Harbor Edge; Resiliency Plan

Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

This is a boat tour around Boston's Inner Harbor, viewing an evolving built edge from the water. The tour will start from the Seaport looking at the burgeoning Seaport District. Officially the Innovation District, some have begun to dub it the "Inundation" District. Of the millions of square feet of new construction, much of it is LEED certified, but almost none of it is resilient to storm surge or sea level rise. Then the boat crosses the Harbor to Charlestown to view Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital -- Boston's first major new building with a design focused on resiliency. The boat will continue into Chelsea Creek, offering close-up views of the industrial Harbor edge, and places where advocates have created opportunities to connect with the water. Heading back along the East Boston shoreline to observe neighborhoods that face terrific vulnerability in the face of climate change. Attendees will learn about the collaborative, inter-agency, neighborhood-based resiliency planning efforts underway in this neighborhood, including Clippership Wharf, a 650,000SF new residential complex under construction that is designed to accommodate sea level rise, including providing public access to the harbor via a resilient, living shoreline. Covered/heated boat; the tour will run in all weather. Tour restrictions: Please dress appropriately to walk to and from the boat tour dock, rain or shine.

Learning Objectives:

`Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to discuss the vulnerabilities related to sea level rise and storm surge facing the Boston region, at the Harbor's edge

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to Learn about tools that can be used to inform development and design decisions in order to ensure the ability of buildings and landscapes to thrive in the face of climate change

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to Identify design elements and strategies used to prevent, capture and store water, and that provide public benefit

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to Understand ways that the unique and interdependent skills of designers, developers, policy makers, and citizens can together work proactively to create a more resilient and equitable water's edge

Learning Level:

Level 100 - Awareness


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Event Type: Tour > Session