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‘Miami 2100’ Exhibit on Sea Level Rise Opens at Coral Gables Museum

Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century — an exhibition co-curated by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts faculty Marta Canavés, FIU LAEUD Associate in Design, and Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA, FIU Professor of Architecture –opened at the Coral Gables Museum. The exhibit takes a comprehensive look at the topic of climate change and sea level rise, with a focus on our region and the history of research on the topic. FIU Architecture Instructor Eric Peterson, working with a team of architecture and landscape architecture students, configured the exhibition galleries, and constructed a large-scale model of Miami, depicting the predicted effects of sea level rise on the city if no corrective action is taken.

The College of Architecture + The Arts own Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon has taken part in this project, by participating in a video work that comments on the subject emphasized by the exhibition.

From the exhibition narrative:

Experts predict that over the next 100 years, significant portions of our city will be substantively affected by rising sea levels. Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century is an exhibition about planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami presented by the Florida International University School of Architecture. A topic that hits close to home is met with scientifically grounded optimism in this solution-oriented exhibit of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design strategies that can support the adaptation and transformation of existing infrastructure, neighborhoods, structures and regulations to ensure resilient future development.

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, and the CINTAS Foundation, the multi-media exhibition integrates broad expert and community voices as it poses key questions regarding climate science, while presenting both the challenges and the opportunities created by changing environmental conditions and rising sea levels. The exhibit incorporates student projects completed over a 3-year period through graduate research studios and seminars in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Florida International University….[E]xhibit curators Marta Canavés and Marilys Nepomechie directed academic explorations that can inform the important community planning that will allow Miami to remain a vibrant and increasingly desirable place to live for years to come. (Source: Coral Gables Museum)

Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century opened to the general public on Friday 7 November 2014, at the Coral Gables Museum: 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134.  It will remain on view until March 1, 2015.  For admission fees, visit the Coral Gables Museum online.

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