Track 1: Effects of Climate Change in Warm Weather Coastal Regions
A new frontier is before us, where the fields of preservation, architecture, urban design, and planning are intersecting directly with the growing pressures and challenges of a changing climate, and its impacts on society. This emerging reality requires a shift in how professionals practice. Whereas sustainable design efforts over the past few decades have made headway in ‘mitigating’ overall carbon footprint counts, nonetheless, certain degrees of climate-induced changes, such as sea level rise, have occurred, and will increase in the unforeseeable future. As a result, this ever more evident dynamic requires coupling new ‘adaptation’ strategies with ongoing sustainable design practices; in this manner, addressing shifting paradigms, in meaningful ways.
Resilient design explicitly attends to how a system’s components, be they architectural, structural, urban or other, have “the ability to remain or perform within defined and recognizable limits, despite the impact of disturbances” (Hollings, 1973). Existing and upcoming professionals, including preservationists, need to be well versed in the evolving tools and expertise needed to tackle climate-induced pressures on built, natural, social, and economic systems, for a broad-based community benefit.
Through a variety of lenses, this session will specifically explore the intersection between historic preservation and resilient design, and how at present to address building and curatorial challenges- from the macro to the micro scales. At the heart of this session, will be explorations into the adaption of existing preservation methods, the creation of educational strategies, as well as the fomenting of collaborations, cultivation of non-traditional preservation partners, the learning from heritage sites-near and far, the role of economic factors, and materials and methods of construction.