We are all the designers of Morrissey Boulevard – and of our communities. This submission recognizes that past, present, and future communities and ecosystems are major designers of place. This team hopes to serve as instigators and facilitators of a meaningful, inclusive, and ongoing visioning process for Morrissey Boulevard that continually engages and benefits all residents and ecosystems, and that could be replicated in other coastal communities.

We have followed four main principles: 1) work with people and organizations at the local level to co-create resilient solutions; 2) explicitly recognize and build capacity of interrelated human, natural and social systems; 3) design for the dynamic nature of coastal systems; 4) look to the past but design for the long-term future.

The process starts with questions:
Transit with Water
Can we leverage coming changes to our infrastructure to benefit our communities?
Begin with a deep understanding of the ecosystems, communities, and built environment systems surrounding Morrissey Boulevard; how have and how do these waterways serve as food and transportation resources for humans? This transportation corridor between the Neponset River and Boston Neck predates the Puritans arrival of 1630. Tribes and immigrants alike have thrived on the abundant resources of Massachusetts Bay.

Society with Water
How will we harness the collective knowledge and power of local organizations and individuals?
Continue conversations with people, groups, and institutions comprising these and surrounding communities. Several community charrettes were held around the Boston area, along with more focused discussions aimed at uncovering the particular conditions that would help this community thrive in response to change.

Opportunities with Water
How could this area create enough jobs, food production, infrastructure, and resources to be a self-sufficient and thriving community?
How could local organizations, including a new Globe office, Union Hall, and others, anchor and connect the community, bridging I-93 to provide new, resilient corridors to the water? What about existing industries at the shoreline? (Is this a note?) How can the community enhance its vulnerable but beautiful location by locally managing stormwater, wastewater, energy, and food production? Can lessons from 15th or 18th century Dorchester inform a future of high quality ecosystems and resilient communities as a vibrant part of the Boston Metro area?

Parks with Water
How can we regenerate thriving estuaries to regain the functions of cycling nutrients, filtering pollutants, providing habitat, and offering common areas and jobs?
Water will take over local low-lying areas gradually over time. How does new “common land” (key tenet of the Commonwealth’s foundation) provide opportunities to re-form estuaries and oyster beds to clean the bay, provide jobs and food, and enhance the public waterfront? Rising sea levels could create navigable channels around Savin Hill Cove, Dorchester Bay Basin, and the Old Harbor. How can travel corridors be enhanced?

Will we design communities to reflect that the people of 2015 care about people and ecosystems?
Our communities are counting on us all to work together to live and thrive.

Company Name
Linnean Solutions

Team Member(s)
Team Lead Contact
Jim Newman, LEED AP O+M, Principal and Director of Metrics, Linnean Solutions, Board Chair, USGBC MA, Regenerative Practitioner, [email protected], 617.699.7323

Shawn Hesse, RA, LEED AP(r) BD+C, O+M, architect | sustainability consultant, Emersion DESIGN, Board Member, USGBC MA, Regenerative Practitioner, [email protected]

Andrea Atkinson, Executive Director, One Square World, Principal, Scopa Group, Regenerative Practitioner, Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program, [email protected]

Dr. Sarah Slaughter, PhD, President, Built Environment Coalition, Visiting Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, [email protected]

Cynthia Carlson, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, New England College, Chief Education Officer, One Square World, [email protected]

Undine Kipka, PhD, Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware, [email protected]

John Gravelin, Sustainability Consultant, Linnean Solutions, [email protected]

Hannah Clark, EcoDistrict Project Manager, Linnean Solutions, [email protected]

Julie Dyer Wood, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association, [email protected]

Chris Bartell LEED AP BD+C, Designer, Emersion DESIGN, [email protected]