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The City and the Sea: Boston’s Evolving Dance With Water

December 1, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

The City and the Sea: Boston’s Evolving Dance With Water

With sea levels projected to rise dramatically over the next 100 years, architects and urban leaders are faced with new challenges of flood mitigation and resiliency planning for the future of this coastal city. How can a better understanding of our history help prepare us for the future?

Join us for an evening exploring Boston’s evolving relationship with the ocean—both in how we built up the shorelines over the past three centuries and what that means as we face present-day sea-level rise. Which low-lying areas do we need to start thinking about now? And what can we learn from neighborhoods—such as the Back Bay—that were created from historic wetlands? When designing new sites, what must be considered?

This event is in tandem with the Boston Living with Water competition: an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels. Learn more about the competition:

Michael P. Ross, attorney, Prince Lobel Tye

Julie Wormser, executive director, The Boston Harbor Association  
Nancy Seasholes, historian and author of Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston
Amy Korté AIA, principal, Arrowstreet, and co-author of the ULI report: The Urban Implications of Living with Water

About the Designing Boston Series
The Designing Boston Series organized by the Boston Society of Architects provides a forum to discuss current trends and concerns in architecture and urban planning that may shape Boston’s future. Topics include designing for transportation, walkability, and climate change; the impact of a Boston-based Olympics; and meeting housing demands of this growing city.

About the Moderator
Mike’s experience solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator, now extends to his practice as an attorney at Prince Lobel Tye LLP where he focuses on real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, as well as serving as the President of the body. In 2013 he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future. Mike writes a regular opinion column for The Boston Globe. Mike was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the council of the United States Holocaust Museum.

 View a recording of this event on the WGBH Forum Network

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Image: Boston Skyline at Early Morning. Creative Commons Liscense, modified. Photo: Y.Sawa.