Resilient Redesign II

Resilient Redesign II was held on July 19-22, 2015. The Compact partnered with the Florida Climate Institute (FCI), with the specific engagement of Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Similar to the first Resilient Redesign, the experts and stakeholders developed potential design solutions to the evolving urban challenges of climate change and natural hazards.

Teams of experts including architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers, urban designers, as well as experts in hazard preparedness, water management/hydrology/geology, spatial planning, policy, transportation, historic preservation, park management and communications worked together to design solutions for representative sites in Key West (Monroe County), the City of Hollywood (Broward County), and Delray Beach (Palm Beach County).

The event was hosted by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at FAU’s Davie Campus.

  • On July 19, teams participated in an optional local site visit.
  • On July 20 and 21, teams will came together to undertake the creative process in developing site specific resilient design solutions at the FAU Davie Campus.
  • Presentations were then held for the public on the morning of July 22 at the FAU Davie Campus.


The Southeast Florida Resilient Redesign began July 2014, when the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact (the Compact) collaborated with the Dutch Consulate in Miami to work with local practitioners and stakeholders and experts from the Netherlands to propose resilient design strategies which could serve as models of resilience for communities throughout the south Florida region. The emphasis being on the integration of design solutions into future development and redevelopment projects, and in advance of a major climate disruption. This partnership resulted in South Florida Resilient Redesign.


Three characteristic south Florida landscapes were chosen to serve as model sites with the intent to develop transferable design solutions for similar sites across the region, these included: Alton Road in Miami Beach, an area of Sweetwater in Miami Dade and Dania Beach Blvd. in Dania Beach, each representing a barrier island site, suburban site and commercial corridor, respectively.


On the first day, visiting experts and local stakeholders made site visits, learning about the locations on various levels, including details pertaining to cultural, economic, social, historic, topographic, elevation, infrastructure and building stock considerations.


The larger event was held on days two and three and included the participation of nearly 50 professionals with diverse expertise, including water managers, architects, engineers, parks managers, planners, hydrologists, and engineers. In a charrette style format, the group began with a review of the south Florida landscape and development history and then began to consider how to design a resilient community in each of the select settings in response to climate change and natural hazards, while considering area resources or constraints, social dynamics, compatibility with the community’s vision and economics, water management infrastructure and implications to neighboring communities.


Other considerations were historic preservation, uniformity, aging infrastructure, evacuation routes, soil permeability, flood hazards, area transit and connections.


The design results were shared with an audience of stakeholders on the final day and then presented at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit held in October 2014. As a result of this initial collaboration, the City of Dania Beach is now working with Broward County on further refining planning scenarios and design recommendations under an EPA planning grant.

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