Coastal cities face many future challenges, relative to the impacts of climate change (catastrophe) by 2070, and beyond: rising sea levels, increased precipitation and heat, and rising inequality. Yet, the sense of urgency around these challenges and the will towards bold solutions seems lacking. Rather than developmental "band-aids", these cities need radical, outside-the-box thinking and scalar solutions to meet these challenges, both now and into the future, to maintain their success – thriving even through uncertainty. This presentation pulls together three regional leaders in architecture, planning, civil engineering, and community engagement to propose three such big, “radical”, ideas for coastal cities, using the City of Boston as a test bed. The goal of these ideas is to show controversial, provocative, and even outlandish ideas but which also represent real opportunities for scalable solutions to meet these challenges and help coastal cities thrive into the 22nd century.
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.
1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)