About two weeks ago, I presented Massport’s Resiliency Website during the CEO’s Senior Staff Meeting. We got positive feedback and the website is now slated to go live in early September. The launch of the website will also be accompanied by a press release from Massport. Although I wasn’t able to see the website go live during my internship (yesterday was my last day of work), I’m excited that the project has progressed this far.
We also held our second Resiliency Speaker Series event yesterday. We welcomed Gina Ford, Principle of Sasaki’s Urban Studio; and Tom Ballestero, Director of the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center. Gina discussed Sasaki’s Sea Change: Boston project, and Tom talked about community engagement in East Boston and made flood barrier recommendations for Massport facilities. We had a great turnout, with about 50 attendees, and a very productive Q&A session at the end of the event.
Thanks to the work I’ve been able to do this summer as a Maharam STEAM Fellow, I’ve received an invitation to attend an international symposium on resilience. The event is hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in partnership with the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University. I’m thrilled to be included as part of the conference, during which I’ve been asked to document and synthesize my observations. These notes may be included in the event’s final report.
I’m sorry to see this internship end, but I hope that I’ve completed one out of many future work experiences in the resilience field. I’m very grateful to RISD and to Maharam for facilitiating this unique internship experience and I intend to continue putting the lessons that I’ve learned to work.