Session Recordings

Morning Plenary Keynote 

Speaker: Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Resilience: Vulnerability Assessments, Master Planning, and Collaborations

Session Moderators: Professor Sharan Majumdar (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami) & Professor Jose Gelabert Navia (School of Architecture, University of Miami)

Video recording for this session is not yet available and will be released soon.

"A System for Resilience Learning Through the Resilient305 Collaborative"
Presented by Tiffany Troxler
The Resilient305 Collaborative is a joint academic-government research partnership among Florida International University, Miami Dade College, University of Miami, and government and non-government organization leaders of Greater Miami & the Beaches (GM&B). The partnership is committed to advancing community resilience through resilience learning. The work of the Collaborative directly supports implementation of the Resilient305 Strategy and broadly supports Thrive305. This is a unique partnership which positions GM&B to continue to lead in climate adaptation.

"Resilient Planning at Multiple Scales: Puerto Rico"
Presented by Gautam Sundaram, Orlando Santaella, Larisa Ovalles, Adriana Le Compte and Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz
This analysis and design are part of a Resilient Framework Plan for the Autonomous Municipality of Toa Baja, a coastal Municipality with more than 50% of its land in floodable zones. It represents the development of a scalable and replicable resilient planning methodology with a S-E-E approach: Social, Environmental and Economic Resilience.

"Analysis of Climate Change Storm Impacts for Resilient Coastal Development"
Presented by Esteban L. Biondi
This presentation discusses hurricane impacts under future sea level conditions. It reviews the justification for its inclusion in vulnerability evaluations and the useful tools for planning and design of coastal climate adaptation measures that result from this analysis. It also comments on how this analysis supports trends in public sector land development future regulations and real estate private sector decision-making, which are starting to influence development in Florida and the Caribbean.

"Reduction in Vulnerability of Coastal Buildings to Storm Surge Flooding Under Different Reef Scenarios: Case study of Miami Beach"
Presented by Benjamin Ghansah and Sonia Chao 

Live Q&A

Metabolisms: Race and Gender Equity & Cultural Identities

Session Moderator: Dean Alice Hovorka (Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University)

"Intersections of Gender, Migration and Climate Change: Haitian and Bahamian Contexts"
Presented by Didi Bertrand Farmer
The talk focuses on the experience of Haitian Migrant Women in the Abacos/Bahamas and what renders their vulnerabilities. It also promotes Women centered solutions to attain environmental and gender justices for all in the region.

"After the Storm: Lessons on resiliency learned from cultural patrimonial architecture and urbanism In The Bahamas"
Presented by Teofilo Victoria and Ricardo Lopez
After the storm is a time of recuperation and reconstruction. It is also a time of introspection and memory. Memory of what is lost and passed in our own lives and in our collective consciousness as a people. Cultural Patrimony of the built environment is the common and shared legacy, in time and place, where the collective memory of a community resides and is most evidently manifest.

"A Paradigm for Regional Reconstruction: the recovery of Arcahaie"
Presented by Steven Fett and Jaime Correa
This presentation documents the methodology followed by a professional/academic group committed to the production of a variety of design concepts which would augment the resiliency of one region of Haiti. The presentation will be presented as a timeline of perceptual discoveries which grew incrementally from vague preliminary proposals to concrete projects for the reconstitution of landscapes and towns as well as for the provision of necessary infrastructure, including civic centers, hospitals, and schools offering vocational training.

"The adaptation of a coastal community in Costa Rica to climate change"
Presented by Antonio Tadeo Turanzas Bernard
This project tries to adapt a coastal community in Costa Rica in a resilient way. The master plan works together as territorial strategies that integrate the conservation and restoration of habitats to provide ecosystem services that allow people to adapt to the effects of climate change.

"Race, Resilience, and the Limits of Design-Driven Resilience Planning in Greater Miami"
Presented by Kevin Grove
In this presentation, we examine the promise and pitfalls of design-driven resilience planning through a case study of resilience planning in the greater Miami region. In Miami, the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program made equity and justice concerns key overarching principles in the region’s resilience planning framework. While this has created new opportunities for social and environmental justice organizations to become more integrated into local governance, we also show how it is transforming how racial exclusion occurs in subtle, often underacknowledged ways. Our analysis draws attention to the dangers of becoming over-invested in design-based solutions to wicked problems confronting urban climate change adaptation: design approaches can both contest and accommodate racial inequalities in urban resilience planning.

Live Q&A

Metabolisms: Coastal Nature-Based Infrastructure, Mapping, and Modeling

Session Moderator: Professor Brian Haus (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami) 

"Towards the Development of Design Guidelines for Coral Reefs as Protective Nature-based Coastal Infrastructure"
Presented by Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos
In this presentation, we discuss the role of corals in shoreline protection through their effect on waves on the basis of physical testing of an artificial coral reef model at the University of Miami SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction (SUSTAIN) Facility. Exploring such experimental results combined with theoretical and numerical modeling provides a unique opportunity for guiding the deployment of nature-based solutions for shoreline protection.

"Modeling Mangrove Shift in Response to Sea-Level Rise in Miami-Dade County"
Presented by Juan Cerver
As sea level rise threatens coastal fringe habitats, future ecosystem extents are largely unknown to resource managers. In order to improve proactive conservation and restoration efforts, this project aims to model the shift of mangrove forest in response to rising sea levels in Miami-Dade. The goal would be to have those avenues of colonization or consequences of dieback mapped out and accessible to stakeholders in the field.

"Nature-based adaptation to meet both coastal resilience and sustainability agendas "
Presented by Borja Reguero
Coastal habitats such as coral reefs and mangroves serve as a critical first line of defense, but their loss puts communities at even greater risk. Quantifying their risk reduction benefits is now possible at unprecedented scales, which opens exciting new opportunities. This talk will present the socioeconomic value of coral reefs and mangroves in Florida and discuss innovative risk financing options for their conservation and restoration.

Live Q&A

Mobility: Higher Ground - Gentrification, Insurability, and Affordability

Session Moderator: Dr. Charles C. Bohl (School of Architecture, University of Miami)


"Hurricanes and Affordable Housing"
Presented by Matthew Varkony
In this presentation I describe the relationship between hurricanes and affordable housing. Specifically, I use the wind fields from Hurricane Andrew to analyze changes in the accessibility of market rate affordable housing in Miami Dade County. This analysis uses a changes in changes technique to identify variation in impacts throughout the transaction distribution.

"Housing Resiliency and a Sustainable South Florida"
Presented by Dr. Robin Bachin and Jennifer Posner
Environmental sustainability and affordable housing are two of Miami’s most pressing challenges. The Housing Resiliency and a Sustainable South Florida project provides a data-driven collection of free, publicly accessible mapping and policy tools that enable users to embed considerations of climate risk into planning for affordable housing.

"Insurance Prices and Adaptation to Hurricane-Damage Risk"
Presented by Marc N. Conte
Adaptation to natural-disaster risk requires an understanding of signals of environmental change that can emerge from multiple sources, with varying degrees of warning and salience. Ideally, market prices provide critical signals to economic agents as they weigh the trade-offs of potential market action. We consider the extent to which divergent incentives for key stakeholders mitigate the ability of insurance prices to motivate adaptation to the risk of natural disasters, using prices of property and wind insurance policies in Florida to explore the varied responses to the major storm events of 2004 and 2005.

"Adaptation Infrastructure and its Effects in Property Values in the Face of Climate Impacts"
Presented by David Kelly

Live Q&A

Metabolisms: Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Tourism

Session Moderator: Professor Joseph Treaster (School of Communication, University of Miami)

"Climate change resilience and food systems in South Florida: making the case for organic farming"
Presented by Deva Taylor 
Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida, and research shows that it will be impacted by climate change. Changes in precipitation patterns, more extreme storms, increased temperatures, and changes in pest and disease prevalence will test our agricultural sector's ability to produce food and provide income for our farmers and farmworkers, especially in South Florida. This presentation will argue, while using a food sovereignty framework, why an expansion of organic production is necessary to provide resilience against the stressors of climate change.

"Food Security in Mexico"
Presented by Jaime de la Mora 
This talk examines the behavior of the agricultural sector in Mexico during the pandemic year on the situation of food security in Mexico and challenges to improve upon, taking into account not only supply and demand changes, but also climate change. The results of two priority programs of the Government: Target Prices and ""Producción para el bienestar", as well as four examples of how mexican producers are adapting to climate change are explored, as well as soil and water conservation practices. The presentation articulates the main challenges for the future and offers some recomendation regarding public policies.

"Building resilience in Tourism"
Presented by Enrique de la Madrid 
Could the pandemic be a rehearsal for climate change effects? There are notorious changes and challenges in the tourism industry. We have to build resilience and combat the climate change & global warming effects with a strong sense of urgency.

Live Q&A

Mid-day Concurrent Sessions

Resilience: Urban Codes, Policy, Planning, and Design 

Session Moderator: Professor Carie Penabad (School of Architecture, University of Miami)

"Strategic, managed climate retreat for resilient adaptation pathways"
Presented by Katharine J. Mach
Under high magnitudes of sea-level rise, extreme humid heat, and other climate threats, how will human settlements transform or relocate to make room for and cope with the hazards? Here, we integrate research to chart a roadmap for strategic, managed retreat in South Florida and beyond in the 21st century using resilient adaptation pathways. We outline (1) the ways in which strategic, managed retreat diverges from past experiences, (2) an adaptation-science agenda to enable beneficial adaptation transformations including retreat, and (3) implications for resilient adaptation pathways in the near term. Substantial differences between present-day and future retreat highlight core science priorities for assessing and planning for adaptation now and for ensuring just, safe societal transitions under climate change.

"Localizing resilience: planning for sea level rise in the Little River Adaptation Action Area"
Presented by Monica Gregory
Miami-Dade County recently released its Sea Level Rise Strategy, a county-wide framework for adapting to sea level rise. Adaptation Action Areas allow Miami-Dade County to scale the framework and collaborate with community members to identify their needs and preferences as they adapt to living with more water. In this presentation, you will learn about the goals of the project, its outcomes, and how it can be replicated in other communities in the county.

"Master Plan with a Focus on Resilience for an Island Village in Biscayne Bay, Florida"
Presented by Benjamin Northrup 
In 2019, North Bay Village, a small island municipality in Biscayne Bay, Florida, embarked on a planning process to create a vision for the next twenty-five years, with a focus on climate change impacts, in particular, sea-level rise. In contrast to larger coastal cities that are typically better resourced to take advantage of funding sources and regional planning efforts, the Village has worked largely within the limits of its annual budget. DPZ CoDesign has assisted the Village to formulate the NBV100 vision based on community goals, synthesizing urban planning with resilience strategies to tackle such issues such as replacing its aging seawalls, updating its stormwater plan, and increasing access to the water. Through the adoption of a Form-Based Code, NBV has harnessed interest in development to advance resilience planning.

"From Region to Neighborhood: Sea-Level Rise and Reimagining South Florida Urban Environments"
Presented by John Sandell
Drawing on green infrastructure concepts and resiliency principles in urban design, a visioning study is used as the vehicle for examining how urban environments could evolve given sea-level rise. The design strategy foregrounds nature’s role in the conceptualization of changing conditions and proposes the public space of the city as an urban commons. The project highlights the dynamics of the natural environment as a frame for reconfiguring public space as an open, permeable and adaptive system in support of this concept. The paper concludes with a brief review of planning policy instruments and suggests how these instruments help shape long-term strategy toward the repair of natural habitat and the development of unique urban environs that could support social and environmental resiliency.

Live Q&A

Social Resilience: The Role of the Arts in Engaging Communities

Session Moderator: Professor Lillian Manzor (Department of Modern Languages, University of Miami)

Video recording for this session is not yet available and will be released soon.

"Mangue Negotiations"
Presented by Marcos Barinas Uribe

"Plan(T)ing for the future: Using socially engaged climate art to mobilize change agents"
Presented by Xavier Cortada, Adam Roberti, and Ryan Deering
This presentation will introduce Xavier Cortada’s Plan(T) participatory eco-art project as a social practice model for developing interdisciplinary partnerships, effectively engaging communities, and mobilizing agents of change. Cortada, Deering, and Roberti will provide background information on social practice, climate change communication, saltwater intrusion, red mangroves, and Cortada’s history as a socially engaged artist in Miami-Dade County. Ultimately, this presentation will argue that social practice is an undervalued and promising approach to effectuating societal change.

"Ecoperformance vs. Extinction: Biodiversity Game Shows and Florida Futurities"
Presented by Elizabeth I. Doud, PhD
The theatre arts, and co-related field of eco-performance, play a key role in building resilience regionally through creative responses to evolving stressors and shocks resulting from Climate Change that specifically impact Florida. Besides a brief overview of theater as a socially relevant tool for addressing climate change challenges, the presentation introduces an eco-performance work about biodiversity loss in Florida ecology as a case study for these concepts, and discusses an extinction focused eco-narrative, which was developed not only as a multilingual street performance spectacle, but also as artivism and cultural collaboration intersecting with the climate and eco-justice movements.

"Extended Documentary of the International Inn in Miami Beach"
Presented by Arch. Ruth Ron
This project develops ‘Extended Architectural Documentation’ methods, using digital video and Virtual Reality (VR) formats. Pondering recent discussion about Miami’s urban resiliency, it reveals the vulnerability of historic waterfront buildings in south Florida, affected by global warming. Working with University of Miami students, we captured the 1956 ‘International Inn’ in Miami Beach. The “Extended Documentation” process stretches beyond traditional architectural representation, and is composed into a multi-layered, multi-sensory Virtual Reality (VR) and video experience. The VR interface and online videos will be available to conference participants to view on their own computer or mobile devices, as a search for experiencing architectural space remotely. Presentation includes video footage by three sets of students: Yayu Yan, Jiaxin Li and Siying Cheng (footage);  Batuhan Dortcelik (footage); and Olah Khymytsia, Jake Birnberg (footage).

Live Q&A

Resilience: Disaster Mitigation

Session Moderator: Professor Elizabeth Greig (Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami)

"Disaster Risk Assessment and Community Engagement for Improving Resilience"
Presented by Professor Carlos Genatios
This paper presents the first-year results of the GISEC Project that aims to develop an academic pathway and enhance technological applications for environmental hazards awareness and community engagement in Miami-Dade County. The project has four components, a) an educational pathway, b) a research platform for remote sensing and multi-hazard risk assessment, c) support documents for resilience knowledge dissemination, and d) participation in a local government and community engagement initiative.

"Why Natural Disasters are a Disaster in Common Property Regimes" 
Presented by Renato Molina
Developing countries tend to suffer the most from natural disasters, but the mechanisms underlying this outcome are poorly understood. I postulate that the lack of strong and well-defined property rights for renewable resources is a factor increasing the impacts of disasters. I explore this claim by examining investment patterns across institutional regimes in Chilean small-scale fisheries before and after a tsunami in 2010. The results indicate important links between more common regimes and excessive investment increasing the cost of the tsunami. This paper contributes to the ongoing work on the economic impact of natural disasters and provides an argument for how institutional regimes can be also understood as adaptation strategies.

"A Community Research Partnership to Understand Disaster Mitigation Infrastructure Available to South Floridians Living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)"
Presented by David W. McMillan
This presentation begins with an overview of two key concepts: (1) the unique requirements of preparing for a hurricane while living with with spinal cord injury (SCI), and (2) existing governmental preparedness resources specific to this population. Next, we discuss our strategy for establishing a community research partnership with local SCI Support Groups (SCISGs) and the resulting synthesis of a collective research objective pertaining to hurricane preparedness in S.E. Florida's SCI community. The presentation concludes with the results from the inaugural 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, emphasizing data pertaining to the collective research objective which focuses on the experience of utilizing existing resources related to transportation and sheltering during a hurricane.

"HUD's Research Agenda on Hazard Risk and Disaster Recovery"
Presented by Chris Narducci
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research is working to plan, coordinate, fund, and implement an array of disaster related research and analysis projects. For this presentation, HUD researcher, Chris Narducci, will discuss HUD’s disaster recovery and risk reduction research efforts and walk through the current agenda of research, with specific focus on those projects recently completed and currently under way. This includes efforts to develop analytical tools to better understand the hazard risk exposure of HUD-assisted populations, evaluations of resilience program efficacy, and an analysis of the flood insurance of HUD assisted homeowners located in high risk areas.

Live Q&A

Social Resilience: The Evolving Role of Education

Session Moderator: Professor Erin Kobetz (Vice President for Research; Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami) 

"Addressing Global Problems with Local Solutions: Educating South Florida Students on the Principles of Resilience"
Presented by Mr. Austin Perry, Dr. Esber Andiroglu, and Professor Ali Ghahremaninezhad
The strategies needed to improve coastal resilience all begin somewhere. Engineering and deploying our strategies in local communities is a culmination of multiple synergistic partnerships, research, outreach, and training . Our presentation will give an overview of the multi-level approach we have employed to take our ideas on improving coastal resilience from the drawing boards to the front lines of our South Florida communities.

"Revisiting the Bahamian community: cohousing as an alternative sustainable productive lifestyle" by Nader Azab"
Presented by Assoc. Professor Nader Azab
The presentation explores housing issues in Nassau, Bahamas and how students thought of cohousing as an alternative productive life style.

"Teaching Resilience Through Sustainable Business"
Presented by Dr. Esteban Petruzzello
The key objective of this presentation is to discuss some of the ways in which resilience can and should be included in a sustainable business curriculum. The focus is on market-driven social and environmental goals that provide benefits to society while increasing the value of the firm. We will see how investing in resilience can accomplish these objectives through product differentiation, supply chain diversification, public-private partnerships, and employee selection and retention.

Live Q&A

Resilience: Definitions, Transitions, and Jurisdictions

Session Moderator: Professor Viviana Horigian (Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami)

"Against Resilience: Climate Capacities in Miami and The Right to the City"
Presented by Allison Schifani
This paper makes the case for a reframing of environmental sustainability away from resilience and toward revolt. Examining extant resilience discourse within the context of Miami and South Florida, I argue that resilience discourse hinders, rather than helps, in facing the critical risks associated with anthropogenic climate change. Instead, I propose more radical ways of situating responses to the climate crisis embodied by local activists and artists working in contemporary Miami.

"Dirty Little Secrets of Climate Adaptation and Resilience Indexes: A Caribbean Assessment of Four Indexes"
Presented by Camila Zablah, Perla Aquino, Madisyn Simpson, and Paula Christina Viala
Countries of the Caribbean region share a common vulnerability to climate change. With no agreed global standard metric, the adaptation measurement landscape has several competing indexes. This presentation provides a timely assessment of four indexes and a review of individual country performances from 2010-2020.

"Understanding the 'Terroir' and its relevance to urban design in light of climate change" 
Presented by Gustavo Sanchez-Hugalde and Sonia Chao 

"Tackling Climate Change Across Jurisdictional Boundaries"
Presented by Katelyn Cucinotta
This year, the Coastal Resilience Partnership of Southeast Palm Beach County (CRP), a group consisting of Palm Beach County and seven jurisdictions along the coast, completed a joint climate change vulnerability assessment looking into the potential impacts of twelve climate threats on critical community assets. With socioeconomic data woven into the assessment, the purpose of the study is to provide a baseline understanding of the risks each community faces as it relates to specific threats and to inform equitable adaptation strategies that can be adopted by each jurisdiction. This presentation will cover why and how the CRP formed, a summary of the methodology and regional study results, and finally how participating municipalities and the County might move forward to implement proposed adaptation strategies.

Live Q&A

Lunchtime Plenary Session: Keynote

Special Guest Speaker: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH)

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Metabolisms: Water Management in the Urban Realm

Session Moderator: Professor Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (School of Architecture, University of Miami) 

Video recording for this session is not yet available and will be released soon.

"The One Water Approach to Operationalize Resilience"
Presented by Hardeep Anand

Ecologists who research agricultural lands for soil contamination and infertility have noted that climate change and sea-level rise will reduce productivity for future populations — that is unless water and energy management for agriculture are resolved with innovatively engineered solutions. Water utilities nationwide are also rethinking how to be “smarter,” more innovative, resilient and sustainable now and for the next 100 years. While innovation and technology are key elements for much-needed water resilience, interdisciplinary training, community education, and workforce development prescriptively aligned with emerging technologies are essential for the tenability of strategies involving Intelligent Water Systems and Smart Utilities. 

"Health Update on Biscayne Bay" 
Presented by Ms. Irela Bague and Dr. Lynette Cardoch

"Field Demonstration of an Electrohydromodulation Nutrient Recovery Disinfection System for Municipal Water Management"
Presented by Mary Jacketti, Dr. James D. Englehardt, and Dr. Esber Andiroglu
Sea level rise in South Florida is causing an increase in the amount of septic tank failures. As a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to Miami-Dade County's plan to switch from septic to sewer, a septic tank add-on is being constructed to receive the wastewater from the septic tank and recover nitrogen, phosphorous, and E. coli before the wastewater is discharged to the drainfield. Overall, the EHM pilot plant represents an innovative and sustainable process that can prevent septic tank failures as a result of sea level rise.

"Incremental Retreat: Designing the Groundwork for Adaptation"
Presented by Isaac W. Stein

Incremental Retreat: Designing the Groundwork for Adaptation builds on a recent case study of a pilot project on a FEMA funded buyout in the City of North Miami. The presentation offers insight into the stormwater retention capacity and infrastructural benefits of repurposing buyout lots and discuss the advantages of the lot-by-lot strategy for implementation. The case study explores the social and community value of a small-scale approach that can engage the public, create awareness around flood hazard, and provide shared open space. Ultimately, we emphasize that buyout lots present an opportunity to design adaptive measures that consider the multiple benefits and relationships between flood hazard mitigation, ecological restoration, stormwater infrastructure, public space, and incremental retreat.

Live Q&A

Metabolisms: Learning from Nature, Environmental Services, and Performance

Session Moderator: Professor Benjamin Kirtman (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami)

"Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure on Bahamian Small Islands using Ecological Principles"
Presented by Kathleen Sealey

Climate Change challenges small island developing nations (SIDS) whose economies are heavily dependent on tourism development. Climate change, as a driver of coastal impacts, is manifested in both storm intensity as well as sea level rise. Non-climate drivers of coastal impacts (human population growth and tourism development) exacerbate the impacts of climate change. The intersection of climate hazards, exposure and vulnerability is the overall risk of coastal impacts. One island was mapped to define coastal stability, flood potential and threat of nearshore eutrophication. The vulnerability assessment was based on the mapping of nearshore biological diversity with a quantitative ecoloigcal assessment to allow the ranking of priority coastal areas for remediation of highly vulnerable sites.

"Performance-based Hybrid Infrastructure"
Presented by Sara Pezeshk

The performance-based hybrid infrastructure project is a mitigation strategy for resisting sea-level rise, deforestation of mangrove trees, restoring salt marsh and seagrass, reducing high sedimentation rate and water turbidity level, and the decelerating depopulation of marine biodiversity. This strategy is also causing significant damage to our ecosystem by making coastal areas more vulnerable to storms and destroying the coastal habitat.

"Structural Morphogenesis of an Ecofriendly Marine and Estuarine Protection System - The SEAHIVE™ Paradigm"
Presented by Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos

In this presentation, we discuss the morphogenesis of the SEAHIVE shoreline protection system which has been based on morphological considerations and physical tests in the University of Miami SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction (SUSTAIN) Facility, auxiliary material and material biocompatibility studies, as well as a series of in-situ deployment projects/installations. The projects/installations include a revetment application, an artificial coral reef design, and a mangrove planter/reef concept.

Live Q&A

Resilience: Engineering and Construction Innovations

Session Moderator: Professor Antonio Nanni (College of Engineering, University of Miami)

"Sustainable Single Family Home Design" 
Presented by Matthew Trussoni

A summary of the design and construction of a sustainable and resilient residence in Miami, FL. Topics include: all concrete structure, finished floor elevations, net-zero energy, architecture 2030 efficiency, water harvesting and management, etc. Dr. Trussoni designed and built this residence between 2017-2019. 

"Nature-inspired genetically engineered self-healing for sustainable coastal infrastructure materials"
Presented by Professor Ali Ghahremaninezhad
The state of our nation’s infrastructure was given a grade of D+ in 2017, which warrants immediate remedial actions to enhance structural integrity and ensure public safety. Concrete and other cementitious materials are intrinsically brittle and prone to fracture under mechanical and environmental conditions. Therefore, innovative materials with the capability to self-heal after fractures form are highly desirable in coastal infrastructure.

"Tomorrow’s Resilient Coastal Infrastructure Built Today"
Presented by Francisco De Caso

"Earthquake and Hurricane Home Safety: Resource for Design/Construction Professionals and Homeowners"
Presented by Danniely Staback, Yanel de Angel, and Pedro Sifre
The Caribbean region is in need of expanded disaster preparedness, in order to be able to simultaneously tackle the risks of hurricanes, earthquakes, sea-level rise and even health emergencies, such as the COVID pandemic. Specifically in Puerto Rico, risk is exacerbated by the predominance of informal housing. Our team of industry experts and nonprofit organizations developed seismic and hurricane educational materials focused on home safety for the main housing construction typologies geared towards both construction professionals and homeowners. We will take the audience through these materials, and explain our built case study.

Live Q&A

Resilience: Building Design, Performance, and Safety

Session Moderator: Pat Bosch (Perkins&Will)

"The Past and Future of Coastal Structures: A Framework for Multi-Functional Design Criteria"
Presented by Joel Lamere and Esber Andiroglu 
The presentation will highlight findings of an inter-disciplinary survey of coastal structures with emphasis placed on engineering, ecological and stakeholder functionalities. In addition, focus will be placed on how the research team has expanded this framework for development of site-specific studies in the form of an illustrated catalog of green/gray coastal infrastructure solutions with enhanced performance of functionalities.

"Resilient Community Center and Shelter: Planning and Design for the Municipality of Gúanica"
Presented by Yanel de Angel, Danniely Staback, Manuel Fontan, Jesabel Rivera, José Sanchez, and Ruth Super
After the devastation of the magnitude 5.8 and 6.4 earthquakes took place on January 6th and 7th of 2020 in the southern part of Puerto Rico, two non-profit organizations, one academic institution and various private industry experts joined efforts to provide pro-bono services to one of the most affected coastal Municipalities: Gúanica. While the Municipality had an Emergency Plan, it lacked a shelter program to serve their diverse vulnerable population. The project team created a holistic, replicable, and scalable framework resulting in three (3) community centers on key safe sites of the municipality. These community centers can transform into fully functional shelters during emergency events, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, which are common in the area.

"Keep Safe - Building the Resilience of Affordable Housing in Puerto Rico and Miami"
Presented by Laurie Schoeman and Ricardo Alvarez
We will present a “case study” of how the a team of architects and planners came together with the University of Puerto Rico to design a one of a kind guide to resilient housing in Puerto Rico and other island communities. We will review core concepts, learned lessons and use of the manual going forward to support the resilient needs of both Puerto Rico, USVI and Miami.

"High Performance Building and Design"
Presented by Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet
Jacqueline González Touzet, Principal of Touzet Studio, will share some of the Studio’s innovative and award winning projects that explore various strategies of coastal resilient design and construction. Projects will include mixed-use, hospitality and multi-family, as well as single family residential, both new construction and adaptive reuse. Different strategies for near and longer term adaptation will be presented with the intention of illustrating how design, construction and materials need to evolve in order to meet the pressing needs of climate change in our coastal subtropical region.

Live Q&A

Mobility: Economic Engines

Session Moderator: Professor Renato Molina (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami)

"More than a nuisance: Sea level rise already delays commuters"
Presented by Dr. Matt Hauer
Sea level rise increases coastal cities’ exposure to tidal flooding and elevates the risk of transportation routes being compromised at high tide. Using Miami, Florida as a case study, we combine tide gauge, elevation, road network, and worker location data with a route optimization algorithm to model how tidal flooding affected commute times between 2002--2004 and 2015--2017. Results suggest tidal flooding increases annual commutes by 15 minutes on average and 274 minutes among the most heavily impacted areas. Additionally, approximately 14,000 commuters may be unable to reach their workplace due to tidal flooding at least once per year.

"Digital Impact Bonds"
Presented by Silvio Frank Pupo-Casco
How digitization of bonds could be used to create more inclusive ways of selecting and financing environmental, community, social and resilience projects. Blockchain enabled bonds, crowdfunding and some examples that local government in the U.S. and abroad have used different Green Bonds, Blue Bonds and related Environmental Impact Bonds; and how it could be used beyond for other social topics, like Affordable housing and Gender Based Bonds.

"The Business Case for Resilience in Southeast Florida and Beyond"
Presented by Alec Bogdanoff
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact have taken a leading role planning for the substantial risk associated with the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise and stronger storms. One such planning tool is the This Business Case for Resilience in Southeast Florida. The analysis presents estimates of the economic consequences to coastal counties in the region if local governments and business communities fail to take action to mitigate the impacts from tidal flooding and frequent coastal storms, compounded by sea-level rise. And more importantly, the study estimates the economic benefits from certain types of adaptation actions designed to mitigate the coastal hazard risks.

Live Q&A

Afternoon Dialogue Sessions

Physical Resilience: Building and Real Estate Industries

Led by Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury, School of Architecture

Economic Resilience: Urban Policies

Led by Professor Sonia Chao, CUCD

Social, Economic, and Physical Resilience: Academic Research Partnerships

Led by Dean Guillermo Prado, Graduate School, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Physical Resilience: Green, Blue, and Grey Lines of Defense

Led by Professor Brian Haus, Chair, Department of Ocean Sciences, RSMAS

Social Resilience and Climate Migration

Led by Dr. Felicia Knaul, UMIA