As part of the John Worthington Ames Fellowship, I proposed to travel to Bangladesh to learn from the a country that has some of the greatest threats from climate change and particularly sea level rise and storm surge events. Human migration is considered an option when dealing with these issues, and there is much to learn from a society that has lived with flooding for decades.
In 2013, I received the John Worthington Ames fellowship from the Boston Architectural College that initiated what I believe to be considered my 'life's work'. It was a scholarship that allowed me to continue my thesis research on flood resilient architecture and emergency disaster response systems beyond the realms of Boston and the United States. I proposed to travel to the Netherlands and Bangladesh to compare the two country's water mitigation strategies from the perspective and lens of an architect. I focused my intent on researching and interviewing key players and stakeholders related to Dutch + Bengali policy, urban planning and design, architecture, community and social resilience, and the human psychological conditions of living with water. What was viewed as something extremely broad, turned into a series of stories, ideas, and precedents for understanding how to design for resilient environments. The Dutch are doing some interesting things, and I hope you enjoy some of the stories!
This blog post is a summary of my degree project thesis from the Boston Architectural College in 2012. The project is a design concept for library in the Innovation District of Boston, MA. The Library's sole purpose was to catalog the worlds most innovative climate change research and serve as a catalyst for discussion on the predicted vulnerabilities and natural disasters in urban cities. This project is what truly initiated my passion for resilient design thinking. I hope you enjoy reading about it!