Included in the conference was the presentation of a case study on the effects of sea level rise on one of Newport’s most significant historic properties—the Christopher Townsend House located at 74 Bridge Street in the Point Neighborhood. Recently acquired by the Newport Restoration Foundation, the house is located just two blocks inland from the Newport Harbor, at an intersection that sits only four feet above sea level. 74 Bridge Street is subject to tidal and groundwater flooding as well as storm surge and storm water runoff, so as storms continue to increase in frequency and strength and tidal levels continue to rise, 74 Bridge Street faces ever increasing levels of flooding. The case study, developed by the NRF in partnership with Union Studio Architecture & Community Design and Building Conservation Associates, considered potential flood scenarios and short and long term strategies for tackling the challenge of keeping this (and other houses like it) above water for years to come.
Expanding on the work begun with Keeping History Above Water: Newport, RISD Interior Architecture students were challenged to create their vision for adapting Newport’s Point Neighborhood over the next 80 years using the latest tools in 3-D modelling and augmented and virtual realities. Students developed phased proposals and renderings responding to sea level rise on Bridge Street, using the themes of Accommodate, Protect, Retreat, and Empower to guide their thinking. Ideas ranging from vertical city blocks to blue streets and canals have been considered. With the support of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, this advanced design studio focused on five buildings on Bridge Street where questions around historic preservation, rising sea levels, and community collide.
On Friday, May 26 at 5:30 pm, the graduate students will share their design interventions for protecting Newport’s architectural heritage through an immersive experience in an open house at 74 Bridge Street. At this interactive event, you will be able to see the effects of sea level rise for yourself – and how this issue could be addressed at the macro and micro levels. Five different ideas will be presented using cutting edge virtual and augmented reality tools, such as Google Cardboard and a HTC VIVE headset, to help participants understand both the magnitude of the threat and newly imagined ways for historic neighborhoods to combat it. The prototype for a multi-player game intended to facilitate group decision making will also be available.
The event will be held on Friday, May 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 74 Bridge Street, Newport RI, free of charge to the public. For more information, please visit www.newportrestoration.org.
About the Newport Restoration Foundation
Founded in 1968, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit institution dedicated promoting and investing in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all. NRF also supports research and education in areas that relate directly to its collections and to issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
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