Climate Changed Ideas Competition: Information Session & Meet-and-Greet

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT Building 9, Room 451

Climate Changed Ideas Competition |

Please join us for an evening meeting to discuss the details of the Climate Changed ideas competition. The information session will be followed by a collective brainstorm activity for attendees to discuss the concept of modeling while meeting others interested in participating in the competition. Dinner will be served!

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-induced mortality rate. The Northeast will see a continual increase in extreme storm events. This will disrupt transportation and cause flash flooding in built-up urban areas (Climate Ready Boston 2016).

These projections are alarming. Yet, we believe there are ways to mitigate climate impacts and prepare our communities for a 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 intervention 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) and address the two objectives listed below.

1. Explore the agency of models to develop new ways of seeing the site and to design an intervention.

2. Develop an intervention to address site-specific climate risks based on your model. Show how your proposal will be better the site and community in question.

Climate Changed Co-Chairs: Irmak Turan and Jessica Varner
Faculty Advisor: John E. Fernandez

The Climate Changed event series is generously co-sponsored by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.