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Cities By Sea: Urbanism in the Age of Sea Level Rise

In the fall of 2017, the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism supported faculty and students from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning to develop a research and design studio focused on propositional design frameworks for adapting coastal urban morphologies to meet the challenges of sea-level rise in Boston. These proposals took on two typological sites, each of which embodied several of the complex issues related to social, economic, and environmental resilience at the scale of the district. The resulting work exposes, through rigorous spatial analysis and site-specific design strategies, several different approaches for addressing risk and resilience in Boston and highlights cutting edge initiatives within the city and the region.

Read full studio report below.