Designing Urban Resilience beyond the Science: The Project of the Future


As Irma recently confirmed, South Florida is one of the most hurricane-prone regions in the world. During Hurricane Irma, 6 million people were required to evacuate South Florida under the threat of storm hazards with a large proportion of this population lacking the resources to recover from resulting loss of property and income. Climate change will continue to exacerbate the natural hazards global regions are already confronting. If we assume the science is set, the question remains- what are we going to do about it? “Designing Urban Resilience beyond the Science: The Project of the Future” will present a model for visioning the resilient future of cities as regions around the world are reevaluating their natural, built, cyber and social infrastructure in response to the risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change. An interdisciplinary team who believe in a prosperous future for the region and are imagining how to create it will gather together to discuss how we are daring to think big about urban resilience for South Florida by engaging in infrastructural thinking at multiple scales inclusive of natural, built, and social dimensions. We are designing a sustainable future created through a combination of interventions including a green-blue ecosystem from Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades to Biscayne Bay combined with designs for new dense urban cores, canal communities along the Miami and Little Rivers, new developable artificial barrier islands and a coastal sea belt infrastructure stretching from Miami Beach up the Atlantic coast.



Nancy Clark, Director, UF Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism; Associate Professor College of Design Construction and Planning
Martha Kohen, Director, UF Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism
Carol Westmoreland, Executive Director Florida Redevelopment Association
Daniella Cava, Miami Dade County Commissioner District 8

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