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MA - ReMain Nantucket Launches Initiative Seeking Solutions to Sea-Level Rise On-Island

ReMain Nantucket announced this week the inception of Envision Resilience: Nantucket Challenge, a coastal-resilience initiative that will leverage academia and local leadership to develop and consider innovative and adaptive solutions to sea-level rise.

Nantucket is one of hundreds of U.S. cities and towns threatened by sea-level rise. By 2100, much of Nantucket’s historic downtown is projected to be completely inundated with water. The challenge, which will build on the Town of Nantucket’s coastal-resilience efforts, calls on multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to reimagine Nantucket Harbor through an iterative, design-driven approach focused on three study areas.

With growing expressed interest from a number of prestigious architecture and design schools, ReMain anticipates that six to eight interdisciplinary university teams will participate in the spring 2021 design studio. Throughout the five-month challenge, teams will be asked to identify threats, research solutions and propose adaptive designs that align with the town’s coastal community resilience planning time increments of 2030, 2050 and 2100.

“By bringing together the experience of local experts, the visionary insight of design students and stories from the people who live here, ReMain Nantucket hopes to inspire the Nantucket community to envision a future that is resilient in the face of sea-level rise,” ReMain executive director Cecil Barron Jensen said. “We are thrilled to add to the conversation, elevate community engagement and showcase innovative strategies to a community that is deeply committed to the environment and each other.”

The final designs will be conceptual, showcasing principles and pathways, rather than project lists or prescriptive blueprints. The design proposals will be evaluated at a summer 2021 exhibition, during which the island community will be invited to participate in a series of concurrent cultural and community events.

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