RED LINE WIND FARM

Boston Massachusetts

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Program

  • Research and provoke discussion about the abundance of East Coast wind energy

Design

    A design speculation, this project proposes the MBTA Boston harbor corridor as an urban brownfield wind farm to generate clean electricity for powering public transit. This linear public parcel offers strong steady year-round wind energy from the combination of prevailing winds and on- and off-shore winds, activated by the thermal differential between land and water. Climate records and wind resource maps show that wind speed in Boston Harbor is higher and more consistent year-round than in West Texas, the current center of US wind-power generation. Yet Massachusetts is a laggard in wind energy. Highly visible and effective, a linear wind farm would make Boston a forerunner and icon of clean urban energy.

Recognition

  • Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture
  • Boston Society of Architects