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.
FAU has received a $375,000 implementation and research grant from The Kresge Foundation to identify, address and evaluate transportation solutions for students. Read more
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.
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Dr. John Renne recently appeared on West Palm Beach news station WPTV to discuss sea-level rise predictions for the local Palm Beach County area with journalist Michael Williams.
Check out both news segments below.
The City of West Palm Beach joins CUES for the FAU Partnership for Sustainable Communities pilot program. Read more