School of Architecture

Consortium for Hydro-Generated Urbanism

has been incorporated into the newly inaugurated
Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism
Center Website under Construction

Center Directors:
Nancy Clark, Associate Professor Email: nmclark@ufl.edu
Martha Kohen, Professor Email:mkohen@ufl.edu

The Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) proposes new paradigms for the evolution of water-based settlements. From retrofitting the metropolis to envisioning future cities on the water, we advocate a reconsideration of fluvial urbanism and coastal landscapes and a recalibration of our settlement patterns-how and where we live-in the context of climate variability, waste and energy management, global economic shifts, post- industrial legacies, environmental migration, and population growth within a rapidly urbanizing world. The interest of the group is to share ongoing research and to propose collaborative programs, symposia, projects and studios and bring together an interdisciplinary perspective on prospective studies of adaptation, resiliency, environmental justice and asset preservation of waterway cities around the world. Our cooperation with academic institutions, governmental agencies and the private sector is international and extends from Florida and São Paulo to Venice.

Consortium Membership

Founding Members
Associate Professor Nancy Clark
Professor Martha Kohen

University of Florida Advisory Committee
Vandana Baweja, Assistant Professor – School of Architecture
Charlie Hailey, Ph.D. – School of Architecture
Ignacio Porzecanski, Ph.D. – School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Global Partners and Affiliates

Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto – Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy
UNESCO Chair Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, notably in Africa
Professor Lucio Valerio Barbera
Secretary General to the UNESCO Chair Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, notably in Africa
Assistant Professor Anna Irene Del Monaco

Florida Climate Institute
https://floridaclimateinstitute.org/

Grupo Metropole Fluvial
Professor Alexandre Delijaicov
Faculdade de Aquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil – FAU-USP Coordinator
http://www.metropolefluvial.fau.usp.br/

International Union of Architects (UIA) Program Partner XXV World Congress

Land Resources and Planning Bureau, Wuhan China
Jiaming Qin

Latitude
http://www.latitudesnetwork.com/

Taller Hidrico Urbano / Urban Water Workshop  UNAM
Loreta Castro Reguera and Yvonne Labiaga Peschard
Facultad de Arquitectura Universidad Nacional Autonome de Mexico – UNAM
Co-Founders Taller Hidrico Urbano
http://www.tallercapital.mx/

Van Alen Institute
https://www.vanalen.org/

Wuhan University School of Urban Design, Wuhan China
Yang Shu, PhD

Urbem: Institute of Urbanism and Studies for the Metropolis
Sao Paulo Brazil
https://www.urbem.org.br/

If you are interested in participating in our activities, please contact:
Nancy Clark at nmclark@ufl.edu
Martha Kohen at mkohen@ufl.edu

UPCOMING AND RECENT ACTIVITIES

6th iNTA International Network for Tropical Architecture 2017 Conference
“Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture”
December 1-3, 2017
University of Florida
CHU Conference Co-Organizers, N.Clark Conference Chair with Prof. N. Nawari
For more information, visit the conference website at: http://inta2017.org

University of Florida Levin Law School Sea Level Rise Scenario Analysis Workshop
Florida Sea Grant Sponsored Project
January 20-21, 2017
CHU Participants: Profs. Nancy Clark and Martha Kohen
CHU Presentation
“Typologies of Human Settlement and Natural Systems: Present Situation and Future Scenarios”, N. Clark

Congress XXXIV Environmental Day: Strategies of Adaptation to Climate Change
Accademia dei Lincei Rome
November 8, 2016
Exhibition featuring project based Research conducted by CHU
CHU project “Coastal Settlements Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: Three Waterfronts of Miami” was
awarded First Prize by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
at the Congress XXXIV Environmental Day: Strategies of Adaptation to Climate Change on November 8th 2016. The presentation included the results and development of a two week workshop co-hosted by CHU and UNESCO chair for Urban Quality and Culture held at the University of Florida spring 2016

UNESCO Conference Rome 2016
“Coastal and Internal Settlements Adaptation to Climate Change”
October 14th, 2016
La Sapienza University, Facolta di Architecttura, Piazza Borghese
CHU Conference Co-Organizer; M. Kohen Co-Chair with Lucio Barbera UNESCO Chair in Urban Quality and Culture, Notably in Africa
CHU Presentations:
“Sea Level Rise and Coastal Settlements: The Case of Florida”, N. Clark
“Miami Urban Future: The Workshop”, M. Kohen

UNESCO World Field Laboratory 2016
“Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Urban Settlements: Evolving concepts in Urban and Cultural Adaptation to Changing Environments”
February 28th – March 12 (New York City, Miami, Gainesville)
Program Host CHU in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Urban Quality and Culture

 

Florida 3.0: Reinventing Our Future

Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future presents new urban possibilities in response to climate change framed through the perspective of five priorities: Infrastructure, Mobility, Hydro-Ecosystems, The Resilient City, and The New Economy. Florida 3.0 presents an integrated approach to these priorities and challenges inaction by visualizing the ways we could thrive in a watery future. The exhibition brings together the research conducted through the Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) at the University of Florida that is focused on the history and future of Florida’s water based settlements and hydro-environments within the broader context of new paradigms for the evolution of cities on water from around the world.

RELATED PROGRAMS

“Envisioning our Future on the Water: Talks with the Next Generation”
November 10th, 2015 6-8 pm
Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)
100 NE 1st Avenue Miami Florida
Moderator: Nancy Clark

“The Future of the Hydro-Generated Metropolis: Miami”
Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion: Experts in design, hydrology, governance, public policy and economics of  water resources will introduce their research as it relates to the future of Florida.
October 20th, 2015  6-8 pm
Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)
100 NE 1st Avenue Miami Florida
Moderator: Nancy Clark and Martha Kohen

Speakers included:
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner BIG Architects, Ivan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture Spring 2015

Daniella Levine Cava, District 8 Commissioner, Miami-Dade County

Julie Harrington, Director Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis at Florida State University, Steering Committee Member Florida Climate Institute

Jayantha Obeysekera, Director Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling Department South Florida Water Management District, Technical Lead for Climate Change and Climate Variability Investigations

Vicenza 3.0: Refocusing the Rivers
Traveling Exhibition
Palazzo Cordellina and Vicenza Institute of Architecture
November-January 2015
Curated by Martha Kohen

Miami Futures Salon
A conversation about approaches to coordinated design for a future that incorporates water in the most productive way including stakeholders concerning the environment, policy, governance, design, science and research.
Moderator: Daniella Levine Cave, Commissioner District 8 Miami
Miami-Dade County Courthouse, Miami Florida
June 24, 2015
CHU Presentations:
“Consortium for Hydro Generated Urbanism”, Martha Kohen
“Miami: Resiliency | Infrastructure”, Nancy Clark

RECENT CHU ACADEMIC COURSES

Miami: Resiliency through Anthropocene Infrastructure
ARC 6355 Advanced Studio 2 Spring 2015
University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA Partner BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, UF Global Lab + Ivan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor
Nancy M. Clark, Program Director Global Lab, Co-Founder Consortium for Hydrogenerated Urbanism,
Associate Professor, University of Florida School of Architecture

Our research fostered projects that looked at current systems on a city scale and improving their resiliency through design for the social benefit of their communities. Students were partnered into teams of two and worked collaboratively for the entire semester. By focusing on several areas within the city – the Miami airport, Miami River, Miami Beach, Miami’s canal system – the city’s current drainage infrastructure as well as approved sites of their choosing, we prepared a multi layered approach to Miami’s future resilient infrastructure. We walked through key infrastructure topic areas – energy, water, transportation, natural resources and ecology – and frame the discussion around the key issues to consider and evaluate in planning for a sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Through this research, each team developed a tool-kit of approaches and strategies to approach and address projects at planning, infrastructure, and architectural scales.

Barrier Islands morphology and prospective
The Longboat Key Graduate Research 2 studio January – April 2015/SOA/UF
Professor Martha Kohen with the collaboration of Associate Professor Martin Gold and DCP Interdisciplinary team /14 students.

The Semester long Studio was developed for Longboat Key, Sarasota and Manatee Counties, located in the West coast of Florida, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Sarasota Bay. The initial research examined the wider context of the Central West Coastal areas of Florida in three sections covering from Bradenton to Sanibel Island. The studio examined the coastal conditions of the barrier islands, bays, rivers and estuaries as well as the Gulf coast, carriers of natural and man-made hydro-generated environments. These territories were studied through their vulnerability and resilience conditions as well as their socio economic, infrastructural ,environmental ,and planning capabilities perspectives. NOAA Sea Level rise models were applied and evaluated. Typological morphologies of residential settlement patterns were summarized to sixteen recurrent situations that apply to the Florida coastal areas. The issues identified by the studio for the Longboat Key case can be applied to other similar coastal situations and include : connectivity to mainland and environmental security, permanence of infrastructural facilities ;seafront as resource facing endangering conditions and the stage for beach erosion; bayside as the stage for sea water intrusion; permanence and protection of natural systems; central island transportation artery and its dual character as a thoroughfare and as activity location; aged residential typologies bearers of older coding requirements and in the need of creating new paradigmatic models to facilitate the settlement permanence over time.

Coastal settlement typologies for Florida, Towards constructing an Atlas of coastal settlements
Professor Martha Kohen/ Graduate student Xuancheng Zhu/ February 2015

A typo-morphological urban analysis of the central and Southern areas of the State of Florida was conducted within the Research Studio Grad 2.The study looked towards identifying recurring situations in residential settlements in relationship with the water access. The variables considered included: street pattern continuity, connectivity, infrastructural resilience basic urban shape, relationship with navigation and water edge conditions, modified ecological systems, age of constructs, size of development. Sixteen conditions were identified. Examples of these recurring typologies from various central and South Florida areas illustrate the research findings.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Proceedings, Coastal and Internal Settlements: Adaptation to Climate Change, International Conference, Rome Italy October 2016. Forthcoming Summer 2017

New Architecture Magazine (NA) Special Issue ““Between City and Water: Architecture Landscape and Infrastructure” New Architecture Magazine (Huazhong University of Science and Technology: Wuhan, Hubei province, China),  Forthcoming Spring 2017
Guest Editors, N. Clark and M. Kohen

UNESCO Chair Publication Series #4 LADC L’architettura delle Citta: Sea Level Rise and the Future of our Coastal Settlements: Evolving Concepts in Urban and Cultural Adaptation to Changing Environments. (The Journal of the Scientific Society Ludovico Quaroni; Roma), Forthcoming December 2016

UNESCO Chair Publication Series #3 LADC L’architettura delle Citta: Urban Waterways: Evolving Paradigms for Hydro-Based Urbanisms (The Journal of the Scientific Society Ludovico Quaroni, Roma, 2016)
N. Clark Editor; Articles by M. Kohen and N. Clark

RECENT LECTURES 

Kohen, M. “Creating Sustainable Urbanity in the Fringe” in LADC L’architettura delle Citta: The Journal of the Scientific Society Ludovico Quaroni, n. 3-4/2014 The City in the Evolutionary Age, pgs. 187-198 (ISSN 2281-8731).

Clark, N. “Reconsidering the Tijuana River Canal: Three Scenarios for Action” in LADC L’architettura delle Citta: The Journal of the Scientific Society Ludovico Quaroni, n. 3-4/2014 The City in the Evolutionary Age, pgs. 187-198 (ISSN 2281-8731).

Nancy Clark: “Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Settlements: The Case of Florida”;  UNESCO Conference 2016 Rome  Coastal and Internal Settlements Adaptation to Climate Change, October 14th, 2016 ; La Sapienza University, Facolta di Architecttura, Piazza Borghese
Rome Italy

Martha Kohen: “Miami Urban Future: The Workshop”;  UNESCO Conference 2016 Rome  Coastal and Internal Settlements Adaptation to Climate Change, October 14th, 2016 ; La Sapienza University, Facolta di Architecttura, Piazza Borghese
Rome Italy

PAST EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

UIA 2014 Durban South Africa World Congress
Congress Programme Partner International Conference Union Internationale des Architectes
Symposium: “Fluvial Urbanism: A Tale of Three Cities: São Paulo, Mexico City and Nantes”
Chair, Nancy Clark
Session Moderators, Nancy Clark and Martha Kohen
August 4, 2014

The Hydro-generated Metropolis: New Projects on Urban Waterways
UIA 2014 Durban XXV World Congress Architecture OtherWhere: Resilience, Ecology, Values; August 3-7, 2014; International Convention Center Durban South Africa; M. Kohen and N. Clark, Curators; Exhibition Included current research on Urban Waterways in Florida, Mexico, Slovenia, and Brazil (Nancy Clark, Lee Su Huang, Martha Kohen, and Albertus Wang)

The Florida-São Paulo Dialogues Project: Water and the Future City
Curated by Nancy Clark and Martha Kohen; June 2014; Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo FAUUSP São Paulo Brazil; M. Kohen and N. Clark, Curators; Exhibition included current research on Urban Waterways in Florida and Brazil

Florida – São Paulo Dialogues Academic Workshop 2014
Professor Martha Kohen and Associate Professor Nancy Clark
Professor Alexandre Delijaicov and Professor Milton Braga
June 3rd-5th 2014 São Paulo, Brazil

Proposal for Dechannelizing the Tijuana River, Tijuana Mexico: Arquine Umbral de las Americas
Art Center of Tijuana, Mexico; May-June 2014; N. Clark Curator; Exhibition of urban design proposals for Tijuana River Canal

Koper Cruise Port Terminal in Connection to the Old City
Predstavitev Radavac Gallery, Koper Slovenia
November 2013; M. Kohen Curator; sponsored by the Port of Koper and the Municipality of Koper

Florida-São Paulo Dialogues Conference 2013
São Paulo Brazil, March 11-13th, 2013

“Florida’s Hydro-Landscapes”, Lecture, March 11 2013, 4-6 pm Nancy M. Clark, Assistant Director Head of Graduate Programs, University of Florida School of Architecture; Founder and Program Coordinator, Global Lab and Martha Kohen, Professor, University of Florida School of Architecture

“Floating Architecture”, Lecture, March 11 2013, 6-7 pm Taylor Smith, Graduate Student, University of Florida School of Architecture

“Hidroanel Metropolitano de São Paulo”, Lecture, March 13, 10-11 am Alexandre Delijaicov, Professor, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo FAUUSP

Florida-São Paulo Dialogues Workshop 2013
São Paulo Brazil, March 13th, 2013
Collaborative design lab with graduate students from Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo FAUUSP and the University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture

CLICK HERE to see images of the workshop                    

CHU ACADEMIC COURSES

“Thresholds Borders and Bridges: Proposal for Dechannelizing the Tijuana River, Tijuana Mexico”
Advanced Graduate Design 2 Studio Spring 2014
Prof. Nancy Clark

 

 

 

“River Acupuncture: rethinking the Bacchiglione River Vicenza”
Advanced Graduate Design 3 Studio Fall 2013
Prof. Martha Kohen

 

 

 

“From Hydro-generated Urban Environments to Hydro Retrofitting the Metropolis”
Advanced Graduate Design 2 Studio Spring 2013
Profs. Martha Kohen and Nancy Clark
Visiting Studio Critics: Profs. Milton Braga and Alexandre Delijaicov

 

 

 

“City and Port: New Water Projects for the City of Koper, Slovenia”
Advanced Graduate Design 3 Studio Fall 2013
Prof. Martha Kohen
A joint workshop sponsored by the port of Koper, LUKA KOPER, the Koper City Authority, and the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture with the G|SoA University of Florida to develop master plan strategies to integrate the cruise ship terminal and waterfront with the city fabric.

 

 

 

St. Augustine: An Aquatic Perspective Studio 2010                                                                                                   Undergraduate Design 8 Studio Spring 2010 Prof. Martha Kohen

LECTURES (SELECTED)

Martha Kohen: “The Consortium for Hydrogenerated Urbanism”; Miami Futures Salon, June 24th 2015, Miami-Dade County Commissioners, Stephen P. Clark Government Center
Miami Florida

Nancy Clark: “Miami: Resiliency|Infrastructure”; Miami Futures Salon, June 24th 2015, Miami-Dade County Commissioners, Stephen P. Clark Government Center
Miami Florida

Nancy Clark: “The Future of the Hydrogenerated Metropolis: New Project for At-Risk Cities on the Water”; Sustainable City 2014 9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability; University of Sienna; Italy September 25th 2014

Nancy Clark: Urban Regeneration in the 21st Century: Innovations in the Planning, Design, Policy and Governance of Waterway Cities”; Opening Lecture, Urban Waterways UIA 2014 Durban XXV World Congress ; August 4th 2014, International Convention Centre Durban South Africa

Nancy Clark: “Re-conceptualizing the Hydro Metropolis: New Modes of Urban Regeneration for Water Based Settlements” Opening Lecture, Urban Waterways UIA 2014 Durban XXV World Congress ; August 5th 2014, International Convention Centre Durban South Africa

Martha Kohen: The Centrality of the Periphery: Strategies of Resilience”; UIA 2014 Durban XXV World Congress; August 4th 2014, International Convention Centre Durban South Africa

Martha Kohen: “The Florida Intracoastal Waterway Project: Proposals for the Future of At Risk Cities Living in the Waterways with Climate Change”; UIA 2014 Durban XXV World Congress; August 5th 2014, International Convention Centre Durban South Africa

Alexandre Delijaicov “Fluvial Metropolis”, Ivan Smith Visiting Professor and Professor, FAUUSP São Paulo Brazil
April 17th 2013, 6:15 pm Pugh Hall at UF School of Architecture Gainesville Florida USA

“Infrastructure and Urban Design “, Milton Braga, Partner MMBB Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Faculty, FAUUSP São Paulo Brazil
February 4th, 2013, 6:15 pm Pugh Hall at UF School of Architecture Gainesville Florida USA

PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED)

Clark, N. and Martha Kohen (eds.). From Hydro-generated Urban Environments to Hydro Retrofitting the Metropolis: The Florida Sao Paulo Dialogues Volume I; University of Florida, 2015.

Kohen, M. “The KEY to the Durban Door: From the Warwick Junction to the Waterfront UNESCO Workshop”; Warwick Junction Workshop Report 2014; UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Quality and Culture.

Clark, N. ”The Future of the Hydrogenerated Metropolis: New Project for At-Risk Cities on the Water”; WIT Press in Volume 148 of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment .

Kohen, M. “Favelas: Daring the Largest Scale in Sao Paulo”; Piano Progetto Citta PPC No. 29 Learning from the Favelas Rivista del Dipartimenti Idea& DART Pescara Architettura Universita’ di Chieti Italia

Clark, N. Guest Editor; Proceedings UIA 2014 Durban “Architecture OtherWhere: Resilience, Ecology, Values”, August 2014 (ISBN 978-0-86970).