Laura Festa

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Thesis Prep

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landform building, waterfront, soft infrastructure, landscape, architecture, Boston, ecology, transit, land use, topography


Architecture | Environmental Design | Landscape Architecture


The project will use soft infrastructure systems to create a more environmental, technical, and economically resilient waterfront development. The threat of rising sea level will become the framework for a flexible and holistic design between architecture, landscape, and soft infrastructure. By arraying the activities of recreation, ecology, and urban development along the waterfront and combining these design strategies with a soft infrastructure system, the coastline of East Boston has the potential to become a precedent for other urban waterfronts vulnerable to sea level rise. By rethinking the division between landscape and infrastructure to form a soft infrastructure system, solutions can emerge for the assimilation of sea level rise.


Syracuse School of Architecture Thesis Prep

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