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

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Nov 15 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Climate Changed Ideas Competition


We will be reviewing the competition brief and answering questions. The information session will be followed by a mixer for interested individuals to meet one another and find potential teammates. Pizza 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-induce mortality rate. The Northeast will see a continual increase in extreme storm events. This will disrupt transportation and cause flash flooding over built-up urban areas.

These projections are alarming. Yet, we believe there are ways to mitigate and prepare our communities for the climate changed. In this competition we explore the power of models: to illustrate large and small scale shifts, to calculate uncertainty, to communicate the science, and to show the community how the events will unfold. With this in mind, we ask you to model an idea 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 following objectives:

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

2. Develop a climate-responsive intervention to address issues identified, founded on understood climate change predictions and 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.

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