LightWell is a landscape intervention that seeks to raise public awareness pertaining to stormwater runoff, storage & recharge in Boston, a storied city built on fill. Selected as a winner in Boston’s Public Space Invitational 2014, LightWell is intended to make the systems of stormwater storage and recharge into visible parts of the landscape functioning as a seat, a planter & a dry well.
Powered by solar PV panels, LED lights translate information about groundwater flow via a wi-fi connected microcontroller & water level sensors. The online web interface allows viewers the opportunity to further investigate & understand the system.
Initially funded by Boston’s PSI, additional support for the sensors & data monitoring were provided by a research grant offered by Northeastern University. CFL worked as an industry partner with Assistant Professor Michelle Laboy, partner at FieLDworkshop, to execute the project.