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Presented by Bob Marlay, @energy
Deputy Director, Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology
US Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center
US Department of Energy
Remarks to announce the Winner of the Poster Competition

Dr. Bob Marlay is a career member of the US Government’s Senior Executive Service. He has been with the US DOE and its predecessor agencies since 1974. He has held leadership positions in national security, energy programs, energy policy, science and technology policy, climate change, international affairs and the planning and management of research and development programs. He is currently serving as Deputy Director, Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology, and as US Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center.

Earlier, Marlay served as Director of DOE’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has also held leadership positions in the Offices of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and in the Federal Energy Administration. During the period of the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), he directed staff and led the interagency development of the National Energy Strategy for the United States, which led to the enactment of Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Marlay began his Federal career in 1966 as an Engineering Aide. In 1969, he accepted a full-time position as a GS-7 Civil Engineer at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD. From 1971 to 1974, LT Marlay served on active duty as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. After joining DOE, he remained active in the Navy Reserve, commanding large engineering troop units in expeditionary construction (US Navy Seabees). Before retiring from the Navy in 2001, he rose to the rank of Rear Admiral (O-8), last serving as Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Marlay holds a PhD in energy technology, awarded by the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds two Masters Degrees from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University, where he now serves on the Board of Visitors of the Pratt School of Engineering.

Presented to MIT alumna Carolyn Jenkins for Poster titled East Boston Buffer: A Transferable Urban Framework for Adapting to Sea Rise

Abstract:Urban vulnerability to climate change is constantly increasing. Many coastal cities need to begin sea rise mitigation efforts soon, and now is a critical time for architects to intervene in this process with good design that takes on the issue of sea rise in the city, not just as a problem but as an opportunity and catalyst for change.

Data published in August 2012 revealed that the US East Coast is experiencing a rate of sea rise that is four times the global average. The City of Boston has an exceptionally high percentage of flood-prone areas due to the city’s dramatic history of landmaking. Of all the neighborhoods comprising Boston, the often-overlooked neighborhood of East Boston is the most flood-prone. This project takes on the vulnerable waterfront of East Boston as a point of departure for the design of a prototypical, transferable framework for coastal cities worldwide.

This thesis project address the issue of sea rise in an urban context as a unique condition related to the construction a sustainable environment. In order to meet seemingly contradictory need for sea rise defense and capacity for future urban growth, the project reconsiders waterfront architecture as a crucial element of a resilient urban waterfront. The project seeks a symbiosis between the political needs of Boston and the need for sea rise defense by weaving physical infrastructures (both hard engineered elements and soft vegetative ones) in a layered way that can be effectively implemented in phases and contribute to the neighborhood.

The project establishes a systematic approach to a layered buffer zone that mediates between the sea and the vulnerable urban fabric of East Boston. This buffer zone – a park - is a framework for future development that includes tidal energy collection, environmental enhancement, and social enrichment through the allocation of productive, inhabitable, and recreational spaces within a defensive landscape. Through careful orchestration and layering of multi-disciplinary sea rise mitigation tools, the designed framework projects a new future for the urban waterfront – one that promotes social as well as physical resilience, increased self-sufficiency, and adaptability in an ever-changing coastal environment.

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