Below you’ll find a variety of student work from the previous two years. If you’re a first or second-year MUP and would like your work featured here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the second-semester core planning studio in 2017, Eamon O’Connor (MUP & MPA ’19) developed a community engagement strategy related to climate change in East Boston. Research on East Boston’s vulnerabilities to climate change and gentrification revealed that any climate adaption strategy for this diverse, working-class neighborhood would demand thoughtful communications. This project presented a framework and set of deliverables to bring residents along the journey toward resilience.
As part of the second-semester core planning studio in 2018, Catherine McCandless (MUP ’19) made recommendations to the city of Lowell, MA around flood adaption and community resilience. Through engagement in a Flood Adaptation Study and adoption of a Community Preparedness Plan, she recommended that the city can preemptively plan for the reality of climate change while also enhancing and capitalizing on the utmost value and resilience of its historic canal system.
As part of the course Urban Design for Planners, Solomon Green-Eames’ (MUP ’19) proposed the creation of a new public space in Revere, MA that linked the downtown shopping district of Revere to its beach. Today, the two areas are disconnected by a train line and a series of dead spaces – this means that many who visit the Beach during the summer never venture into the City of Revere. Revere Plaza seeks to overcome this divide by unifying the city and its waterfront setting through one continuous public space.
Pier Pressure was a final project undertaken by Jeremy Pi (MUP ’19) in a course titled Urban Design for Planners where he was challenged to develop a design intervention for an underutilized space in Boston. Orienting his work around a waterfront area in Charlestown currently being used as a parking lot, he suggested transforming the pier into a park, and introducing new buildings, greenways, and a harbor walk to draw people towards the water.