The Blue Necklace is a proposal to create a new layer of development in Boston Harbor that acts as a district-scale sea level rise flood protection plan. Expanding from “Climate Ready Boston”, the plan embraces techniques of landmaking to quadruple the city’s waterfront, while imagining a new urban lifestyle. As problem solvers and interdisciplinary integrators, architects are in a position to influence public discourse related to health, safety and welfare. The presentation creates discussion around Boston’s resiliency planning to date, and envisions solutions that look beyond the 21st century.
take a deep dive into the six toolkit strategies of Climate Ready Boston and identify a seventh strategy to respond to 22nd century sea level challenges.
utilize 3D modeling and mapping techniques to predict flood pathways, and develop critical evaluation skills related to historical analysis, zoning, site and regional understanding.
consider factors of sea level rise, and estimate a timeline and cost for district scale flood protection, learning from other disciplines including contractors, engineers, city officials, and environmental consultants.
assess the role of non-remunerative research within the context of professional practice, and acquire organizational techniques to maintain momentum toward achieving goals for self-generated projects.