BAC In the News :: Semester of Sea Level Rise

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Sasaki hosted students from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) for a final review of their semester-long research on sea-level rise. The class, the BAC's Natural Systems Studio, focused geographically on East Boston and the Boston Harbor Islands and was taught by Sasaki landscape architect Nina Chase and the BAC's director of sustainable design, Shaun O'Rourke.

The class was an active component of Sea Change, a Sasaki-led research initiative that is examining systemic vulnerabilities and potential mitigation strategies for the Greater Boston area. The studio leveraged research generated this past summer during Sasaki's annual internship charrette, during which students from around the country investigated climate change and its implications for the coast of South Boston. Read a summary of their work here.

The work of the summer interns and the BAC students will be included in an exhibition of Sasaki's Sea Change research, funded in part by a grant from the BAC. The exhibition, which will be on view during the spring of 2014, will share this research with the broader Boston community.

To further engage in conversation about sea-level rise and climate change, the class was active on social media, tweeting about their research and building a community of awareness around the topic. Check out #SemesterofSLR.

We're proud to continue to foster academic engagement on the topic of climate change strategies with institutions and organizations in the Boston area. Stay tuned!

The jurors for the review were:
Carl Spector, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston
Kevin Essington, Massachusetts State Director, The Trust for Public Land
Jim Newman, BAC Instructor, Founder and Principal of Linnean Solutions
Arlen Stawasz, BAC Instructor, Architect at CBT Architects
Ruth Seigel, Landscape Architect, Sasaki Associates