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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Liveable Cities Lab

Panel Presentation

Rapid Fire – Projects and Programs Taking Action

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


  • Alexander Felson, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture; Director and Principal Investigator, Yale F&ES + YSOA
  • Mia Mansfield, Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
  • Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner, Managing Director, The HYM Investment Group, LLC
  • Meghan Venable-Thomas, Cultural Resilience Fellow, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Alex Wilson, President, Resilient Design Institute; Founder, Building Green, Inc.


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Students – University of Massachusetts – Boston students – please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All other students – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.