Climate Changed Ideas Competition - Informal Meeting

The Climate Changed Team
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Climate Changed Ideas Competition is the first in a series of events exploring the agency of models in climate-responsive design to be held at MIT in spring 2018...

Imagine the Greater Boston region in 2050. The local sea levels will have risen by as much as 1.5 meters. King tides, caused by the gravitational interactions of the earth, sun, and moon will flood low-lying areas with every new and full moon. Coastal storm events, like hurricanes, will occur more often and with greater force. Due to rising temperatures, the New England summer will look more like that of Washington D.C. Heat waves will be hotter and longer, tripling the heat-induce mortality rate. The Northeast will see a continual increase in extreme storm events. This will disrupt transportation and cause flash flooding over built-up urban areas (Climate Ready Boston, 2016; and Cambridge CCVA Report, 2017).

These projections are alarming. Yet, we believe there are ways to mitigate and prepare our communities for the climate changed. In this competition we explore the power of models: to illustrate large and small scale shifts, to calculate uncertainty, to communicate predictions, and to show the community how events will unfold. With this in mind, we ask you to “model” an idea on one of three Greater Boston sites that addresses at least one climate hazard, and show how modeling can help transform the site in a climate changed. Teams are asked to select one of the three sites: the MIT campus and its surroundings, East Boston Greenway, or the Fresh Pond & Alewife areas.

At this meeting we will give some background information on the Competition and facilitate some team match-making. People who have proposal ideas can present them to the group. If you don’t have an existing idea, don’t worry! We will have a few people from EAPS and SA+P on hand who can help you brainstorm and begin talking to others. Snacks will be provided. If you have a proposal ideas, please be prepared to say a few words about it.  

For more information about the Climate Changed Ideas Competition see HERE.