If the extraordinary ResilienCity comes to pass, Boston in 2035 will be a very green and exciting place indeed. Far surpassing Masdar City and other eco-dreams, this map-lab Living City Design Competition entry not only restores Boston's former ecological glory, but also ensures an almost excessively healthy and safe environment for its future residents. In addition to generating four times the amount of energy it will actually need, the designers propose to convert an underground bus tunnel into a giant, 20 million gallon water cistern and outfit every home with a list of "ingredients" that depicts its sustainability!
Designed to be built in Boston’s innovation district on greyfield and brownfield sites, ResilienCity will provide residential and office space for 300,000 people. A series of new canals will return 100 acres to the sea and provide requisite water for roof gardens and living walls. This design also calls for an additional 15 million square feet of carbon-sucking green space.
Additionally, granite seawalls will be replaced with constructed wetlands that allow for aquifer recharge. The city’s diverse energy portfolio will be generated via photovoltaics, biogas, and microCHP generation programs. With a constant view towards both ecological and personal health, vehicular traffic will be limited and trucks will be restricted to an “eco-industrial” zone. Finally, every building’s carbon footprint will be displayed for potential residents to see.
Via Arch Daily