Coastal Resilience

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Coastal Resilience
Changing climate patterns are impacting communities in coastal regions across the globe due to rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. Architects and urban designers play a central role in developing robust adaptation strategies by addressing climate stressors in their designs. Research, innovation, and community outreach are central and connected aspects of building coastal resiliency.

South Florida is ground zero for coastal resiliency. The School has developed a coastal resiliency curriculum that capitalizes on civic and scholarly partnerships, and aims to better familiarize students with these and other inter-related design, planning, and regulatory issues, and the responding strategies under development. U-SoA faculty have been awarded significant research grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Knight Foundation, resulting in the publication of related findings that aim to foster solutions.

Ongoing Projects and Resources:

Resilience Colloquium. The annual colloquium, conducted in September, focuses on the role of landscape in sea-level rise strategies for South Florida.

Center for Urban & Community Design. The CUCD, which offers project-based services to local and regional communities, promotes resilient design by supporting collaborations, applied research, and exchanges with local and regional institutions and communities. The Center also conducts research into best practices in sustainable town and building designs, and provides students with hands-on field-work. Recent collaborations include the Resilient Redesign III charrette with the South Florida Regional Climate Compact, HUD/AARP High School Charrette, and the Cutler Bay High School Symposium.