Coastal Futures: Design for the Green New Deal | Hillary Brown, Alan Plattus, Jeff Geisinger


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A daylong program on Coastal Futures and Design for the Green Deal was held on April 4, 2019 at Rhode Island School of Design. The event marked the collaborative efforts of RISD, Brown, and University of Rhode Island to address climate change impacts and sea level rise in Rhode Island, through imaginative design work.

The event was scheduled in three sections. The first part was the exhibition of Future Visions, the studio work of twelve classes in three RISD departments and interdisciplinary capstone projects from URI. These works represented students’ creative visions for Providence and Narragansett Bay. The second part was a Workshop: Designing for Resilient Providence. The workshop designed to create a platform where communities, institutions, and businesses could share their imaginations and hopes to address the changing climate. It is part of an ongoing longer and wider conversation to explore how Rhode Island can step up into a leadership position on climate impacts through the work of our research and design institutions. Further exploring how design can address the crisis and improve our communities at the same time, the day culminated with part three: Presentations and Panel Discussion. President Somerson welcomed the audience with a video message. Hillary Brown, Jeff Geisinger, and Alan Plattus shared their work, views, and thoughts in this session. They gave us a taste of how other cities are grappling with climate changes from a global view, to Bridgeport CT, and Boston MA. Discussion led by Manuel Cordero followed and Damian White wrapped up the event.

The event was made possible with the support of the Department of Architecture, RISD; Division of Liberal Arts, RISD; Nature Culture Sustainability Studies, RISD; Rhode Island Sea Grant; and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society.

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Coastal Futures: Design for the Green New Deal | Hillary Brown, Alan Plattus, Jeff Geisinger