Resilience and the Private Realm: Boston’s Coastal Flood Resilience Zoning Overlay

Matthew Littell LEED AP - Founding Principal

Nupoor Monani - Urban Planner & Designer

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

at 5:00 pm

325 Behrakis
ABSTRACT:

This seminar will highlight Utile’s work on the City of Boston’s latest resilience initiative focused on building-level adaptation regulations and guidelines. A multi-disciplinary consultant team developed zoning recommendations and related design guidelines for new construction and building retrofits to guide compliance. The project covers some of Boston’s most vulnerable neighborhoods including of East Boston, Charlestown, Dorchester, and the South Boston Waterfront.


BIOS:
Matthew Littell LEED AP - Founding Principal

Matthew has directed many of the Utile’s early phase planning and urban design projects, including the Downtown Boston Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan, as well as the design guidelines and zoning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway District. He served as Utile’s principal-in-charge for Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s first comprehensive plan in 50 years. In addition, he leads the firm’s international urban design practice, with projects in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Jordan.

Matthew teaches in the architecture program at Northeastern University, where he leads a graduate-level research studio on urban architectural typologies. He also teaches a course on contemporary urban design issues at Boston College. He earned his M.Arch. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1997, where he received the Boston Society of Architects’ James Templeton Kelly award for the best final design project, as well as the Clifford Wong prize for outstanding design in housing.

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Nupoor Monani - Urban Planner & Designer

In 2018, Nupoor was selected as a Fellow for the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) Summer Residency, where her research focused on infill housing in Queens, NY. Her prior experience includes working with the New York Department of City Planning on a spatial and policy analysis of sidewalks to assess their vulnerability to flood risk. She has been an architect and project manager at Sameep Padora and Associates (sP+a) and managed housing and urban design projects in Mumbai, where she was born and raised.

She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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