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Boston opens flood defences contest

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An international design competition has opened for a series of new flood defences in Boston, Massachusetts

The project seeks ‘creative and innovative’ location-specific ideas to prevent coastal flooding in the city where sea levels are expected to rise around 1.8 metres by the year 2100.

Boston mayor Martin Walsh said: ‘The Boston Living with Water competition is a call to action. We are asking thinkers, planners, and designers to envision Boston in the year 2100.’

He continued: ‘Our challenge is to evolve with our changing climate and rising seas. Our opportunity is to invest in the future and to become a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful city.’

The competition has been launched exactly two years after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Northeastern United States.

The two-stage contest focuses on three key sites within the Massachusetts capital.

The sites include the historic waterfront Prince Building, the 40 hectare Fort Point Channel mixed-use neighbourhood and the Morrissey Boulevard.

Finalists will be invited to further develop their proposals for the three sites next year.

The City of Boston, Boston Harbor Association, Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Society of Architects are all supporting the project.

Judges include Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architektenand Columbia University’s Kristina Ford.

The deadline for submissions is 29 January.

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