GSD Course Bulletin - Spring 2012
06370: Urban Responses to Sea Level Rise (SCI 0637000)
Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 Gund 508
Jerold Kayden, David Barron, Gerald Frug, Daniel Schrag, Charles Waldheim
This seminar taught by faculty from Design, Law and Engineering, will explore various strategies of urban adaptation to climate change with a focus on the challenge that global sea level rise poses for the Boston metropolitan area. Students will be exposed to a range of issues including: the underlying science of climate change as it applies to projections of sea level rise and storm intensity and frequency; the engineering and infrastructure that currently protects cities around the world from flooding, including examples from London, the Netherlands, New Orleans and Venice; planning issues associated with building large infrastructure in urban areas; the governance of urban interventions, and the interplay between city, state and federal regulations; and the capacity to respond to disasters following a large flooding event. The class will meet for two hours per week, with additional time devoted to group projects on different components of a strategy to improve the resilience of the Boston area.