BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE
Bringing Communities Together to Promote Environmental Resilience:
Research on the effects of global warming over the past 20 years has indicated that
our planet as we know it, is in a state of transition. Global warming is affecting our climate,
changing our oceanic and sea water levels, resulting in ice glacier melt downs and an
extinction to the many animals that have lived on this earth for thousands of years.
The environmental changes we are experiencing today are inevitable and some scientists
even claim as irreversible. Although the etiological reasons behind global warming are still
highly controversial and debatable, the repercussions on our living and working spaces can
no longer be ignored.
As architects and inhabitants of this earth, we must initiate designing with a different
perspective in the way we view our future and build for the generations ahead. Change
needs to be the essence of how we build, and symbiosis with nature must become a key to our future success. This is not to say that change is a bad thing, but change is something we
In this proposal, I redefine the architecture that is created along the waterfronts of Boston's Innovation District - using the evolving program of a library to serve as a catalyst for change. The goal is to promote and create a sense of awareness in light of the effects of climate change, and especially the ocean level rise that will take place over the next half century.
I only see and believe in long term solutions; those that make us question the way we are
building today. The LOCC is not only a library that will serve our future generations, but it is
also a space that is ready for any climactic challenge that is yet to come. This work is truly what stimulated my passion for climate resilience.
Check out a link to my published thesis on https://issuu.com/arlen.stawasz/docs/the_locc_-_library_of_climate_chang