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Boston Living with Water Competition Update

The Boston Living with Water design competition is bringing leading architects and engineers from around the world to share ideas, insights, and experiences while stimulating thinking about how Boston should prepare for sea level rise. At the April 22 Pin Up event at BSA Space, over 100 people discussed the preliminary design proposals with the nine finalist teams, including teams from Venice and Beijing. We can learn a lot from the Venetians, who have coexisted happily with water for centuries. ​

Boston is projected to experience three to six feet of sea level rise by the end of the century.  The Boston Living with Water competition is an international, two-stage call for design ideas that envision a more resilient -- and more beautiful -- Boston in the year 2100.  Nearly 350 architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and climate change experts from four continents have participated in the competition to date. 

The nine finalist teams were announced in February; since then, the teams have been working on developing and refining their proposals.  Meanwhile, a series of events have kept the thinking and learning going, from the "Mash Up" (bringing together all the entrants to discuss common issues and challenges) on March 26 to the "Pin Up" on April 22 (a discussion of the draft proposals of the nine finalists), to the public exhibition of all competition entries.  Final submissions are due late May; Mayor Walsh will announce the winner at a public celebration on June 8.  All events take place at BSA Space and are free and open to the public.

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