Marta Canaves and Marilys Nepomechie Moderate Panel on Sea Level Rise


On February 12th, 2015, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami jointly sponsored Designing the Resilient City, a panel discussion offered in conjunction with the exhibition MIAMI 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century.   Addressing a standing-room-only crowd at the Coral Gables Museum, Professors and exhibition co-curators Marilys Nepomechie (FIU Architecture) and Marta Canaves (FIU LAEUD) moderated presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Pittman and Daniel Vassini, key members in the internationally renowned architecture and landscape architecture practices of BIG; OMA | AMO and West 8.  The ensuing discussion was stimulating, thought-provoking and robust.  The event brought MIAMI 2100 to wide public attention, and continued to place FIU at the center of important conversations focused on the critical necessity of building resilience to climate change, sea level rise, and, in response to our unique environmental conditions, to the evolving form of our urban region.

MIAMI 2100 takes a comprehensive look at the topic of climate change and sea level rise, with a focus on our region and on the broad range of disciplinary research currently underway on our natural and built environments. FIU Architecture Instructor Eric Peterson, working with a team of architecture and landscape architecture students, configured the exhibition galleries, and constructed a large-scale interactive model of Miami which utilizes LiDAR data to depict the predicted effects of sea level rise on the city over the coming century.

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 interactive, 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 will remain on view until March 1st, 2015. For museum admission fees, visit the Coral Gables Museum online.

The header image is provided courtesy of Branko Micic.

This article was written with the help of Marilys Nepomechie and Marta Canavés.

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