Boston faces many challenges in the future relative to the impacts of climate change (catastrophe) by 2100, and beyond: rising sea level, increased precipitation, increased heat and rising inequality. Yet, the sense of urgency around these challenges and the will to boldly solve them is lacking. Rather than "band-aids", Boston needs radical, outside-the-box thinking and scalar solutions to meet these challenges, both now and into the future, to maintain its success - thriving in a world in flux.
This presentation pulls together three local experts in architecture and planning, civil engineering and community engagement to propose three outlandish provocations for the City of Boston, not yet proposed by the BPDA's Greenovate program - ideas which will be controversial, provocative and even outlandish, but which also represent real opportunities and scalable solutions to the challenges we face - advice the City needs but perhaps isn't ready (yet) to hear.
Participants will learn about the challenges faced by the City of Boston and New England in general regarding climate change near-term (2030) and long-term (2070).
Participants will learn about, and be able to critically address, programs already in place in and around the City of Boston to support climate change strategies and mitigation.
Participants will learn attributes of the RELi program, a third-party GBCI rating system designed to promote resiliency in the built environment through design, construction, operations and maintenance of urban places.
Participants will gain a working knowledge of key resiliency concepts, including "retreat", "passive survivability" and "shelter in place" - to name a few.