Retreat, Relocation and Rebuilding: A Colloquium on Climate Change Migration 

Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, University of Miami, and Georgetown University. Convened Monday 05 February 2018 at The Meetinghouse Miami, Florida. Organized in close collabortion with Joanna Lombard, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Faculty Advisory Board Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture and Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences.

As the land shifts, quakes, and floods with increasing frequency, it is evident that current modes of adaption and mitigation are increasingly short-lived. As questions arise regarding the sustainability of ongoing funding that reinforce the status quo through rebuild procedures and resettlement operations, desiners are responding with scrutiny. Because predictions of the future continue to underestimate or fail, and as alternate configurations intensify, discussions must include communites becuase current institutional structures at the local, national, and international scale are lacking frameworks for dealing with growing risk. This colloquium asks how to effectively assist victims of chronic risk adapt in their current conditions, and even more urgently, how to develop a framework for an alternative land use.

Focusing on one of the most significant vulnerabilities within settlement patterns, this Colloquium specifically considers the effects of intensifying sea level rise and its effects on littoral ridges—from coasts, to rivers, streams and wetlands. In particular, the panel will address the potential of domestic migration in the context of retreat, relocation rebuilding.  Given the reality of time-limited approaches, as well as eventual reductions in both geography and investment, the Colloquium will consider retreat as a viable spatial alternative, with consideration of what is needed for design and policy to accommodate this possibility. The panelists engaged in a dialogue that informs our understanding of what constitutes migration, at what scales it is legible, meaningful, and desirable, and for whom while the afternoon workshop will introduce global strategies as well as analysis of policy in related areas. The Colloquium will bring to the forefront, based on the changes evident in both the human and non-human environment that produce, and are produced, by the force of a less predictable climate, new considerations relevant to theory and practice.

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