Over the course of the past decade, the emergent topic of urban adaptation to anthropogenic climate change has raised the subject of sea level in the design disciplines. During this time, advances in a range of disciplines, from the physical sciences to engineering to public policy, have shed light on the topic. These advances have the potential to inform scenarios for the ongoing transformation of those low-lying coastal communities most vulnerable to rising sea levels and increased storm events. In the context of a multi-year study on the implications of and potential responses to sea level in South Florida, this colloquium convenes a series of discussions on sea level, urban adaptation, and cultural identity through the lens of ongoing transformations in the specific social, cultural, and ecological context of Miami Beach. As the inaugural event of the Office for Urbanization, the colloquium will inform a multi-year design research project on the implications of rising sea levels and increased storm events on the economy, ecology, infrastructure, and identity of Miami Beach in relation to its metropolitan and regional contexts.
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