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This HRC session takes a look at Boston's harbor through the lens of preservation, as it begins to present new cultural meaning for the city through the harmful rising sea levels and intensified storms of a changing climate. The urban condition that we call Boston is located where it is precisely because of the physical properties of the harbor; the City owes its existence to the unique congregation of water and landforms. Since the early 1600s, settlers have modified the coastline to serve the industrial and mercantile purposes specific to each era, and before that the Massachusett and Nipmuc people enjoyed the great abundance of shellfish in its broad flats and marshes. Given that long history of repeated human-driven changes — on land, at the coastal edge, on the seafloor — what can it mean when the harbor itself becomes an object of preservation?