We’ve never been afraid of the water. As a maritime city, Boston has always lived half in and half out of the water. This design proposes a long term multifaceted approach that will enable Boston to accommodate and continue to enjoy the presence of the sea. It incorporates actions that will:

  • Be implemented and adjusted over time to minimize storm impact;
  • Stabilize historic structures;
  • Create a coherent and imagable community with strong connections to
    the surrounding city;
  • Make water the visual and activity focus for the New 100 Acres.

 

Concept

  • Create and test design solutions that may be broadly applicable in other Boston neighborhoods.
  • Take control of rising water in order to ensure adequate time to prepare.
  • Employ multiple strategies to address changes over time and multiple physical realities.

 

Sea Level Strategies

  • Create the ‘high road’ – a protective loop around the area of historic buildings formed by elevating key roadways.
  • Create a ‘soft edge’ along the Channel that can respond to the rising water level over time and absorb storm surges.
  • Create new buildings and landscaped areas on raised structured surfaces, and elevate other new buildings above future flood levels.
  • Explore appropriate adaptive modifications to existing buildings over time.
  • Create a ‘hard edge’ including new walls surrounding reinforced construction at exposed historical buildings.

 

Neighborhood

  • Create a net zero neighborhood using solar panels and wind turbines, geothermal, food, water, clean air, vegetative cooling and even the heat from Gillette’s pumped water.
  • Enhance the artists’ community identity and FPAC with new live/work housing and gallery space for artists.
  • New buildings provide mixed uses with housing, live work spaces and galleries, neighborhood retail, food production, light manufacturing, community and cultural facilities, offices and a hotel.
  • Weave nature into the built environment to provide agricultural production and a more resilient and attractive environment.

 

Organization and Circulation

  • Create a unifying green ‘promenade’ from the new hotel at Summer Street, descending uninterrupted through the site and terminating at a new community center, a bridge across the channel, and the Harbor Walk.
  • Separate through-traffic by making Haul Road the major traffic artery connecting to Congress Street (the new “Olympic Road” joining the Innovation District with possible Olympic sites).
  • Make A Street the central pedestrian/bus transit connector for the entire neighborhood.
  • Reinforce neighborhood connections beyond Summer Street by extending and integrating Boston Wharf Road.

 

Landscape Strategies

  • Create a dynamic and expansive central landscape space which responds to the environmental forces of the site.
  • Infiltrate and clean water with expansive development of deep rooted ‘forest floors’, porous meadow/wildflower expanses, vegetated drainage swales, sand dune and beach, and rocky coastline.
  • Provide a substantial portion of food needs for the residents with a range of ground, structured, and rooftop agricultural production.

 

Stormwater Strategies

  • Capture site rainwater on ‘dynamic green roofs’.
  • Provide storage in cisterns in each building for grey water use, and
    irrigation uses.
  • Direct roof and surface waters to the ecological park infrastructure for natural processing.
  • Accept runoff from adjacent sites as needed.
Company Name
Amacher and Associates

Team Member(s)
Franziska Amacher, AIA NCARB LEED AP WBE is a pioneer in sustainable design for over 30 years. Experienced in fully integrated sustainable buildings and communities that are NET ZERO.
Franziska Amacher AIA NCARB LEED AP WBE,has vast experience in designing sustainable (including net zero) buildings and communities.
Mr. Gebhart, FAIA NCARB with over 50 years of experience the interactive process merging the client’s mission, the program requirements and the site’s context dynamics.
Wayne Welke RA has directed architectural design and urban planning projects throughout the US for more than 50 years. founding principal of Arrowstreet Inc.
Wesley Wirth practices as a landscape architect, musician, sculptor, and farmer/student of permaculture. He has been a senior designer with Thomas Wirth Associates – Landscape Architecture
Jennifer Mecca President, Board of Directors, Fort Point Arts Community and architectural and development consultant.
Frederick V Cowen P.E., S.E., SECB, FASCE Founder of Cowen Associates Consulting Structural
Drew Gillett, registered P.E. in MA and NH has been an advocate of renewable energy and energy efficiency for over 50 years with Engineering with degrees from MIT
Yuan Lu, Landscape Architectural Illustrator
Misael Benros, Architectural Designer
Zander Fortier, Architectural Designer
Dr. Karen Weber, Director of the Foundation for a green Future and Green Roof Expert,