The 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture (iNTA) Conference “Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture,” organized by iNTA and the University of Florida Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU), was held at UF’s Emerson Alumni Hall in Gainesville, Fla. December 1-3, 2017.
This year’s event was the first held in the Americas. Previous conferences were held in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
The conference co-chairs were UF School of Architecture professors Nancy Clark and Nawari Nawari.
iNTA 2017 provided a platform for research projects pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions that addressed the most pressing social and environmental problems associated with an increasingly dense world facing climate variability, sea level rise and flooding risks in a moment when these issues are understood as critical in cities across the world.
The conference sought participants whose research, implementation activities and proposals explored new opportunities for reinventing current economic and development paradigms in response to the extraordinary circumstance that tropical and subtropical regions worldwide are confronting due to storm hazards.
iNTA 2017 opened with keynote speakers Craig Fugate, former FEMA Director, and Daniel Vasini, Creative Director at West 8 in New York.
Some of the topics discussed throughout the three-day event included the role of technology in resilience, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, green infrastructure, resilience education and outreach and migration patterns after storms hit.