Boston Living with Water

The proposal for structural new protection of Boston – by Thetis SpA, Proap – João Nunes prize winning entry in the city’s competition– against coastal flooding turns a safety precaution into an opportunity to create a multifaceted ecology feature

This article was originally published, feature-lenght, in the Green special report, Domus 994, September 2015

The focus of our competition entry “Total Resilient Approach” is based on the redesign of Morrissey Boulevard, a strategy that works on local and territorial levels.

Thetis SpA, Proap – João Nunes, Boston Living with Waters. Top: preliminary sketch showing waterways and the grid of the built environment. Above: site plan of the project area

Operating on different scales within a single ecological network, the protection plan can be implemented over time and is therefore adaptable to climate changes. The Boston Bay is destined to undergo rapid changes due to rising sea levels. The defence proposals afford an opportunity to speed up landscape transformations with a multidisciplinary approach. A long-term element of our project for the Bay is the rehabilitation of its ecosystems in order to protect the coastline by means of sea-grass meadows, oyster barriers and dunes, and improve biodiversity by enhancing self-adaptive systems such as salt marshes.

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Connecting Seattle to the Bay | Seattle USA | James Corner Field Operations

Further details of this Field Operations project – I wonder if this could ever happen here in Cape TOwn extending the use and reinstating Woodstock beach along Marine drive? From World Landscape Architecture by Damian Holmes

Waterfront Seattle-James Corner Field OperationsAerial overview of conceptual ideas for the new Waterfront, looking North

We reported back in September 2010James Corner Field Operations has been selected to design Waterfront Seattle by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT after beating out Wallace Roberts and Todd, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Recently the first designs for the Waterfront Seattle have been unveiled which creates an unparalleled opportunity to reorientconnect Seattle with Elliott Bay, and reclaim our waterfront as a public space for the entire city.

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SA Firm wins Architectural Design Competition for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies

TOP DESIGN: dhk Architect’s design for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in Kenya.

Cape Town based firm of architects, dhk, won the competition to design the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in Kenya.The winning design was unveiled by Dr Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP accompanied by Dr Reuben Mutiso, chairman of the panel of international jurors, at an awards ceremony held in Nairobi


The ‘Green Campus’ will be the home of the Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) of Noble Peace Prize Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai. Located on a lush and steeply sloping 50 acre site at the University of Nairobi Kabete campus, the WMI is envisaged as a functional and inspiring hub of activities in the area of natural resource management and education for sustainable development. The institute is expected to meet stringent sustainability and conservation criteria, aiming to achieve close to 100 percent carbon neutrality and self-sufficiency.

Receiving the award, dhk director Peter Stokes said the firm was overwhelmed to have won the opportunity to design the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies. He commended his partners in the consortium, Land Use Consultants of the UK, Turner Townsend and the WSP Group. Continue reading