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Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency

June 8, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 11:30 am

Design leaders and urban design exemplars from around the world offer a wealth of inspiration and instruction for climate adaptation and carbon neutrality. This fourth installment in the series of quarterly Climate Adaptation Forums, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on design on an international, regional, and local scale.

HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

Herbert Dreiseitl, the leader of Ramboll’s Living Cities Lab, will follow with a global review of inspiring design solutions for living with water – including examples from Germany, Denmark, Singapore, and the United States. He will highlight how technical innovation and aesthetic strategies are integrated to achieve exemplary climate adaptations at urban scales.To begin this Forum Jurgen Bruns-Berentelg, President and CEO of HafenCity, will discuss what is arguably the most innovative flood-protection development in Europe. This climate adaptation development has resulted in the transformation of Hamburg, Germany’s old port into a vibrant new commercial, residential, and civic district. Through bold public investment in raised streets and infrastructure together with competitive selection used the development was able to attract massive private investment and leading architecture.

After a networking break, a rapid-fire panel discussion will energize the audience. The focus will be on planning and design challenges and successes for climate adaptation projects from around New England.

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Forum Co-Chairs:

Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning & Design
Tetra Tech

Ellen Watts, Principal, Co-Founder
Architerra Inc.

Speaker Agenda

From Good City Form to Urban Transformation – Co-development of Urbanity, Sustainability and Resilience. Inspirations from HafenCity Hamburg, Germany

Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Click To View The Presentation – Bruns Berentelg – June 8 2018

Cities Thriving with Water: Artful, Technically Innovative, Integrated – Design Strategies That Work

Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Liveable Cities Lab

Click to View the Presentation – Dreiseitl – June 8 2018

Panel Presentation

Summary: Sustainable Solutions Lab Boston Harbor Barrier Study

Rebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab
University of Massachusetts Boston

Click to View the Presentation – Herst – June 8 2018

Rapid Fire – Projects and Programs Taking Action

Moderator: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Sustainable Solutions Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Click to View the Presentations – Rapid Fire Panel – June 8 2018

The Case for Passive Survivability
Alex Wilson, President, Resilient Design Institute; Founder, Building Green, Inc.

Suffolk Downs Redevelopment
Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner, Managing Director
The HYM Investment Group, LLC

CRB: From Planning to Action
Mia Mansfield, Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston

Coastal Adaptation: Working at Unconventional Scales
Alex Felson, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture
Director and Principal Investigator, Yale F&ES + YSOA

Click below to view photos from the Forum.
Climate Adaptation Forum - June 8, 2018


June 8, 2018
7:15 am - 11:30 am


Climate Adaptation Forum


UMass Club
32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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