Responding to Sea-Level Rise

The measurable changes in sea-level rise – and the scientific projections of its increase within the next 30 years – present immense challenges to our notions of living and continuing to develop in South Florida’s flood zones and coastal communities. Rising tides mean the big questions of resilience, sustainability and adaptability need to be answered now.

Jeffrey Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, MLA, is the Interim Director and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. He recently sat down with WPTV-25 News in West Palm Beach to talk about the concept of “Salty Urbanism” and how it can provide an adaptation framework for South Florida development so it can become more resilient and sustainable in the wake of rising seas.

“The built environment that we see in South Florida right now is only 50 percent of what will exist in 2050. How and where are going to build?” Huber said. “We could become a leader in the United States for living with water, but right now, we don’t have the building codes and long-range planning in place.”

Watch the full news segment with journalist Michael Williams and Florida Senator Lori Berman on WPTV’s To the Point.

 

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New App to Identify Cheaper, Easier Commuting Options

From WPTV-News Channel 5:

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic University wants to make it easier for students to get to and from campus. FAU was awarded a $375,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to collaborate with Broward College, Palm Beach State College, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Dr. Louis Merlin said FAU will start a two-year study this summer with 6,000 students working with a new app, which hasn’t been created yet. The app will show students transportation options like bus routes, Uber rides, and potentially new ideas like bike sharing.

“A single app that provides the full range of transpiration services including the booking and payment,” said Dr. Merlin.

Students will provide feedback to help with new ideas or changes to existing services.

Watch the News Segment (1:43)

South Florida Transit-Oriented Development

As part of a study on South Florida Transit-Oriented Development (SFTOD), CUES prepared two reports for the South Florida Regional Planning Council in partnership with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (operating Tri-Rail). Funding was awarded for SFTOD through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA’s) Transit Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program.

Business Plan for a South Florida Transit-Oriented Development Fund:
Potential for Infill Development along the Tri-Rail Coastal Link Corridor
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For more information, please contact Dr. John Renne.

South Florida Transit-Oriented Development:
Evaluation of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Potential Tri-Rail Coastal Link Station Areas

For more information, please contact Dr. Fred Bloetscher.

Florida Transportation Plan

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invited Dr. John Renne to serve as a representative of ULI Florida on the FL Transportation Plan-Strategic Intermodal System (FTP-SIS) Steering Committee.

It’s Feeling a Little Warm in Here

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by Josh Sawislak, CUES Professional Affiliate
via C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Both climate mitigation and climate adaptation (resilience) must be achieved for all of us to prosper and for many of us to just survive.

In the 2004 Sci-Fi disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change triggers a global catastrophe whose scale and speed reflect Hollywood’s desire for a good show a little more than the scientific goal of accuracy. Read more

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