Adapting Miami – Housing on the Transect

Miami is on the front lines of climate change. Its famous beaches and waterfront condominiums are projected to suffer significantly with sea level rise in the next 50 years. How can designers address issues of resilience and adaptability at a range of scales, from the district and neighborhood down to the individual building proposal? This interdisciplinary studio will look at architecture, transportation, mobility and climate adaptability as critical issues facing the contemporary American City. Funded through the Knight Foundation and using Miami as an urban laboratory, the studio will address contemporary urban and architectural challenges facing many American cities.

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Students will be looking at housing through the lens of typology, density, access to transit and climate adaptability to develop a climate adaptation tool kit consisting of approaches for both new construction and adaptation through a study of building types and eco-systems.

Work from the studio will be published in a GSD-produced Studio Report and will be presented in Miami. The studio will conduct a week long site visit to meet local planners, community members and designers. The studio will run alongside Jesse Kennan’s course on Integrated Design & Planning for Climate Change, SES 5389, and will benefit from engagement with faculty from Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture.