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The City and the Sea: Boston’s Evolving Dance With Water

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Monday, December 01, 2014

Architects, designers, politicians, city planners, advocates, students and Boston-area citizens convened at the **Boston Society of Architects/AIA** space on Congress Street to discuss how the city and state will cope with inevitable sea level rise and future flood events. Learn about the history of Boston's sea walls, the natural barriers that protect Boston Harbor and see some futuristic plans for how to manage living in a part of town that could someday flood during high tide. **Boston City Council member Mike Ross** emceed the event, designed to explore Boston’s evolving relationship with the ocean—both in how we built up the shorelines over the past three centuries and what that means as we face present-day sea-level rise. Issues addressed include which low-lying areas we need to start thinking about now, what we can learn from neighborhoods such as the Back Bay that were created from historic wetlands, and when designing new sites, what mu​st be considered.

Non-profit senior program director with twenty years of experience in natural resource policy, federal advocacy and negotiations. Senior strategist in multiple regional and national land conservation and fisheries policy campaigns.
Nancy S. Seasholes is an historian and historical archaeologist. She has an A.B. in history from Radcliffe College, an M.A.T. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from Boston University. In addition to her research fellowship at Boston University, she is an instructor at the Harvard University Extension School. She is the author of \_Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston\_ and \_Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land,\_ a the companion to her earlier book.
Amy Korté is a design and project leader. Amy has a diverse background in environmental design, retail design, and development. Ms. Korté leads the design of much of Arrowstreet's residential work and holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BFA in Environmental Design from Parsons. In addition, Amy is a NCIDQ certified interior designer, co-author of a book about hand drawing for designers, and has taught design studios at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and Suffolk University. She is co-author of the ULI report: \_[The Urban Implications of Living with Water](http://boston.uli.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2012/04/ULI\_LivingWithWater-Final1.pdf "Living With Water")\_
With the experience Mike Ross gained solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator, he now brings to his practice as an attorney where he focuses on real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, as well as serving as the President of the body. In 2013 he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future. As an elected official he championed the opening of elementary schools in underserved neighborhoods and recently celebrated the announcement of the opening of a new downtown school - the first since the Carter administration. He brought physical education to area schools and focused on creating innovative job training models. His efforts revitalize the Boston Common and launch Food Trucks by borrowing ideas from other cities, have helped to move Boston forward. Ross represented District 8 on the Boston City Council, including Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Mission Hill and some of Boston's greatest institutions and landmarks: Fenway Park, the Longwood Medical Area and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and a number of our city's finest academic institutions. World-renowned public spaces like the Boston Common, the Public Garden, the Esplanade, and Frederick Law Olmstead's historic Emerald Necklace are also in the district. Ross spearheaded the effort to turn the Boston Common into America's greatest park. As Chair of the Special Committee on Boston Common, Mike led the effort to bring more activity to the Boston Common, through improved programming efforts, as well as creating a restaurant and other eateries like the ones in a number of New York City's parks to draw tourists and residents alike to the Common. Mike has a long history of utilizing technology to make city government more accessible for residents. Prior to his election to the Council, Mike was part of a team that developed Boston's first Website. The site received the "Best of the Web" award for municipalities by Government Technology Magazine. As Councilor, Mike wrote for Boston magazine's blog, Boston Daily, as well as contributing to Blue Mass Group. He believes that there is a strong role that technology and the internet can play in making government better, more open, and more accessible.