Miami rise + sink design for urban adaptation
DATE: Spring 2016
SCHOOL: Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Office of Urbanization; Cambridge, Massachusetts
PROFESSOR: Rosetta S. Elkin (principal RSE Landscape)
PROJECT LOCATION: South Beach Miami, Florida
PROGRAM: landscape and urban water system
As sea-levels rise and the threat of flooding looms within South Beach Miami, new regulations and codes are responding through recommendations to elevate the city. The proposed flood level floor and raised roadway are an adaptation of elevation–a deliberate re-articulation of the ground-plane that creates a new urban threshold. By reworking these modifications, water can be absorbed, moved, or retained, as opposed to shed, concealed, or pumped. Using the section in particular, the fluctuation of boundaries reveals an exploration of levels as civic context.
This project explores the potential manifestations for these new elevations through the study of three sites identified along the transect of 4th and 5th avenue. The typologies negotiate the parameters and accommodate the existing urban conditions to allow for the preservation of a dynamic/ heterogeneous city and the resilience in the face of rising sea levels through the exploration of the urban section.
The current urban section detailing the effects of new regulations: elevated streets and the new required flood level.