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CHU Awarded for Research on Sea-Level Rise - Published on January 9, 2017

The Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) is pleased to announce that Professors Martha Kohen and Nancy Clark and their project-based research “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 8, 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 in spring 2016.

Founded in 1603, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei is the oldest academy worldwide. The Academy promotes excellence through its Fellowship which included, among many other prestigious names, Galileo Galilei. The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, placed within the sphere of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, is considered the highest Italian cultural institution. Since 1992, the Academy is the President of the Italian Republic’s scientific consultant and has recently been granted with his High Permanent Patronage. The Academy’s mission is to promote, coordinate, integrate and spread scientific knowledge in its highest expressions in the frame of cultural unity and universality.

CHU proposes new paradigms for the evolution of water-based settlements. From retrofitting the metropolis to envisioning future development on the water, it advocates a reconsideration of fluvial and coastal urbanism and a recalibration of settlement patterns in the context of climate variability, sea-level rise and flooding.

In Miami, the adaptation to the sea-level rise takes three challenges into consideration: the defense of the present urban waterfront (Brickell waterfront), the adaptation of the low density urban fabric (Miami River Basin) and the building up of a new West Sea-front (Everglades).