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“Resilience in Urban Design: Lessons from design for rising sea levels”

Time: Fri 2019-06-14 17.00 - 18.30

Location: A123, Osquars backe 5, Stockholm

Lecturer: Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley


Welcome to a lecture with Kristina Hill,

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley


Kristina Hill, Photo: private

How can cities be designed to be more resilient as flooding becomes more common? What are reasonable goals for urban biodiversity and natural processes in a changing climate? This talk will present examples from Seattle, New Orleans, New York City and San Francisco to make the case that American urban design is increasingly centered around the dynamics of water, human health and safety, and biodiversity. In Seattle, biodiversity protection laws drove new street and park designs. The New Orleans Water Plan focuses on storing rainwater and rebuilding wetlands. The San Francisco Bay Area recently ran an international design competition for proposals related to sea level rise, which required lessons learned from river flooding, stormwater and groundwater to be hybridized into solutions that extend well beyond the current shoreline. These examples point to the need for a new research agenda and new urban street and block typologies, to be developed by the urban design professions and allied fields in the sciences and engineering.

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Last changed: May 28, 2019