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Floating options: Creative adaptation in cities
Kristina Hill, Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, presents a free lecture on resilience and urban adaptation. She will talk about concerns directly relevant to Christchurch: urban resilience in the face of flooding and sea level rise in a seismic zone.
This is the third of this year’s Christchurch Conversations series to learn about how cities in the USA have enhanced their recovery after disasters so that they can be responsive to climate change.
Thursday 20 July 2017
6:00 – 7.30pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street
Given the changing global environment, “resilience” often means adapting to new challenges, such as sea level rise, and enhancing a city’s ability to recover from disaster events. Rebuilding after disasters presents an opportunity to introduce new elements into a city to help address these challenges. What new designs and responses will work well in seismically active areas such as Christchurch that experience coastal flooding and a high water-table?
In her lecture, Kristina Hill presents recent work from the San Francisco Bay Area as an example of how a region has responded creatively to the challenge of a rising water table in a seismic zone. Recent engineering experiments in California involve floating foundations and floating urban blocks. She will discuss taking a layered approach to coastal or river changes and how local industries and government agencies are starting to think about new ways to improve earthquake resilience while adapting to flooding.
Kristina Hill is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, where her research is focused on urban adaptation to sea level rise. Kristina first became known internationally as a scholar of ecological design as a faculty member at MIT, where she worked to identify changes to urban water infrastructure that could better support regional biodiversity.
This event is brought to you by Regenerate Christchurch in partnership with Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making and Christchurch City Council.