Constructing Ecological Urbanism_2019
Ecological Urbanism: Performance vs Play, Co-taught with Matthew Celmer
As environmental threats are being engaged by the natural and social sciences, the role of architecture and design in understanding the effect of climate change on culture, society is coming to the fore. Architecture must begin to play a vital role in fostering social awareness and resilient decision-making, as environmental concerns are cultural and aesthetic problems as much as technological and material ones.
Carlton’s Wharf, adjacent to LoPresti Park, in the Boston Harbor is part of the Climate Ready East Boston Plan and serves two purposes to combat climate change with coastal resilient solutions. While each group’s design proposal will have to contend with large-scale, natural disasters (potential storm surges, future sea level rise), students will be asked to deal with local and seasonal responses (annual flooding, heat island effects, etc.) that need to be addressed but can enhance the overall experience of the design.