Boston Living with Water Competition

An interdisciplinary GSD team worked over the course of 8 months to develop entries for the Boston Living with Water competition. MDes, MLA, MArch, MUP, MAUD, and Loeb Fellows rotated to work on each of the three site/scales situated in Boston:

  1. Building (North End)
  2. Neighborhood (Fort Point District)
  3. Infrastructure (Morrissey Boulevard)

Students self-organized into teams to develop entries for the Phase I submission. ‘No Building is an Island’—selected as a semifinalist entry—allowed the team to further refine initial ideas into a final submission which emphasized process and policy over eye-catching design:

  • Resilience Reportcard – raise public risk awareness and create market for resilience
  • State initiatives – help citizens pay for risk insurance and local resiliency upgrades
  • Boston recovery program – allow ground-floor flood retrofits and vertical expansion
  • North End vision – long-term investment in public infrastructure which connects vibrant street life to an enhanced and expanded publicly-accessible water’s edge.

Full list of final entry participants: Thaddeus Pawlowski, Coordinator (Loeb Fellow 2014-2015), Jonathan Goldman (MUP ‘15), Dave Hampton (MDes RR ‘16), Stephanie Hsia (MLA ‘15), Jared Katseff (MUP ‘15), Ho-Ting Liu (MLA ‘16), Nupoor Monani (MUP ‘15), Kira Sargent (MLA ‘16), Jeenal Sawla (MUP ‘15), Jon Springfield (MUP ‘15), Karno Widjaja (MDes EE ‘16), and Lindsay Woodson (MDes RR ‘15).