West 8 presents along with Van Alen Institute and University of Florida at the UNESCO World Field Laboratory 2016
The UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture (UNESCO Chair, led by Profs. Lucio Barbera & Anne Irene Del Monaco, Sapienza Universita di Roma) with the Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU, led by Profs. Martha Kohen & Nancy Clark, University of Florida), and the University of Florida are co-organizing a two week international workshop examining specific problems of sea level rise and its related effects on urban structures and infrastructures as exemplified in the Miami-Dade region and applicable world-wide.
The workshop will commence with scholars, students and professionals gathering in New York to discuss these pressing issues before traveling to Miami and subsequently the University of Florida to participate in a 5-day interdisciplinary workshop intended to generate integrated proposals for urban resiliency (March 7th-11th). There, participants will investigate urban and environmental vulnerabilities with regional experts and policy makers visiting key sites for visioning.
Landscape architect Claire Agre, of West 8 New York, along with the Van Alen Institute, will co-present the research and insights from the Changing Course Competition, and in particular West 8’s proposal “The Giving Delta.” Discussion of long-term resilience strategies for the Lower Mississippi River Delta will be contrasted with those in New York Metro Area and in South Florida. This field trip will conclude on Saturday 12th of March with a public forum at the University of Florida College of Design Construction and Planning.