Sustainable and Resilient Design

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Changing climate patterns are impacting communities near and far, rich and poor.  Coastal areas, including South Florida are vulnerable given rising sea levels and increasing temperatures.  Research and community outreach are pivotal and connected aspects of resiliency.

The CUCD’s objective is to promote resilient design in the face of growing climate related hurdles, while continuing to encourage passive sustainable architecture & urbanism, by supporting and enabling collaborations, applied research, and exchanges between SoA students and faculty with local and regional institutions and communities. The Center continues to provide students with hands-on field-work experiences, to research resilient design needs and alternatives, as well as to document best practices in sustainable town and building designs.  The CUCD offers project-based services to local and regional communities.

Tools:

Publications

Lectures

Grants

Research/Studies

Projects:

2017- Urban Osmosis: Proposal For a Community and Transportation HUBLead: Sonia Chao, Participants: Sophie Juneau, Clarisse Lopez, and Stephanie Tarud.

2016- Present Resilient Miami Initiative- Ad-hoc Interdisciplinary Faculty Committee. 20~ participants. Sonia R. Chao, Chair; Resilient Miami Initiative. Interdisciplinary ad-hoc faculty group, University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University; focused on the resilience aspects of historic neighborhoods in Southeast Florida.


2016 Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and Institute for Sustainable Communities:
Resilient Redesign III Charrette. 75~ participants. Nancy Schneider, Charrette Lead; Sonia R. Chao, Charrette Design Teams Leader; Katherine Hagemann, Miami-Dade County Office of Resiliency (Arch Creek sites)

2016-2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CRISP Grant- Collaborative Research: A human-centered computational framework for urban and community design of resilient coastal cities. Collaborators: City of Miami, Resiliency Office, City of Miami Beach Resiliency Office and Frost Museum of Science. UM: PI: Dr. Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Co-PIs: Sonia R. Chao, Dr. Wangda Zuo;
Virginia Tech: Dr. Walid Saad and Dr. Anamaria Bukvic). Doctoral and Graduate Research Assistants. Funded: November, 2016. Grant period: January 2017- December 2018.

2014-15 Arcahaie Vision Report (Translation Project) Sonia R. Chao, Principal Investigator, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design
Consultants: Jackie Genard, Genard & Associates; Creoletrans; Anthony Calzadilla. Center for Urban & Community Design Staff and Research Assistants

2013-15 Arcahaie Vision Report (W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Barr Foundation) Grant: Haiti: Developing Sustainable Traditions & Innovations in Architecture and Urbanism for the Region, Towns and Rural Villages of Akayè (Arcahaie Province) 200~ participants. Focus areas: Masterplans for entire region (Regional Scale), and for 3 case study (typical) sites (Town Scale), as well as a Ready-Build Manual (Building Scale) to fortify (hurricanes, earthquakes) existing and new structures. Sonia R. Chao, Principal Investigator, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design
Design Team: Regional Scale: Gustavo Sanchez-Hugalde, GSH Architects; Max Zabala, OSKI, Inc; Sonia Chao; Town Scale: Jaime Correa, Armando Montero, Steven Fett; Building Scale: Derrick Smith, John Onyango. Collaborators: Youthbuild International, Jackie Genard; Bookman Mangones; Consultants: Joseph DeLuca; Anthony Calzadilla; Center for Urban & Community Design Staff and Research Assistants and in Haiti: Local Coordinators- Gilda Charles, Jean Samson Edouard, Jean-Louis Henri Jourline

2012-15 The J.P. Morgan Chase Fund 50~ participants.
Funding for: Opa-Locka Charrette (2013) Allapattah Charrette (2014) and Overtown Charrette (2015). ~ 50 participants. Principal Investigators: Dr. Robin Bachin, Vice-Provost, Office of Civic & Community Engagement. Project Lead: Sonia R. Chao, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design and. Collaborators: SoA: Chuck Bohl, Dr. Jaime Correa, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean. SoA undergraduate and graduate students. CUCD & MREUD staff and Research Assistants.

2012-15 South Florida Affordable Housing Initiative. Grant: Jesse Ball DuPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. Funding for: Opa-Locka Charrette (2013) Allapattah Charrette (2014) and Overtown Charrette (2015). Digital Mapping of Affordable Housing stock in Miami-Dade County, in collaboration with UM CCS. ~50 participants. Co-Principal Investigators: Sonia R. Chao, Principal Investigator, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design and Dr. Robin Bachin, Vice-Provost, Office of Civic & Community Engagement. Collaborators: SoA: Chuck Bohl, Dr. Jaime Correa, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean. SoA undergraduate and graduate students. CUCD & MREUD staff and Research Assistants.

2010 Sponsored Studio- Sustainable Traditions & Innovations in South Florida Civic Architecture. Turning Point Baptist Church (non-profit); 13 SoA participants Sonia R. Chao, Lead Faculty; German Brun, Visiting Critic; Students Turning Point representatives.

2010 Haiti Charrette
~90 professional participants and Local Haitian-American community. SoA faculty and students. Representatives from several Haitian Ministries. Steering Committee: Sonia R. Chao, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean, School of Architecture; Dennis Hector, Associate Dean; Lamar Noriega, Director, Development; Henri Jolibois, Technical consultant to the Office of Prime Minister of Haiti. Local and Haitian Architects. Multiple Haitian Ministers. SoA Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. CUCD Staff and Research Assistants.

2009 Sponsored Studio- Innovative and Traditional Sustainable Affordable Housing with LEED Standards. The Case Study House Revisited. Quality Housing Inc. 20 ~ participants. Sonia R. Chao, Studio Faculty, and Director, Center for Urban & Community Design
Collaborators: Studio Guest Critic on LEED- German Brun. Caribbean Housing Precedents- Steven Mouzon. Katrina Cottages Precedents- Marianne Cusato. Affordable Housing in South Florida.

2009 El Pueblito Charrette, 50~ participants
Querétaro, México; in conjunction with the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and Municipal leaders Sonia R. Chao, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design
Team Leaders: Sonia Chao, Gustavo Sanchez-Hugalde and Stephania Biondi

2008-13 Under the Sun: Traditions & Innovations in Sustainable Architecture & Urbanism in the Sub-tropics. National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Grant: Design- Access to Excellence Award (publication of findings from Under the Sun Symposium) CUCD Staff and Research Assistants. SoA Staff. Consultant: Anthony Calzadilla. 9 Contributing Writers. Sonia R. Chao, Principal Investigator, Editor and Contributing Writer
Collaborators: Allan Shulman, Carolyn Mitchell, Becky Matkov, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Gustavo Sanchez-Hugalde, Jan Hochstim, Jorge Hernandez, Thorn Grafton. CUCD Staff and Research Assistants. Consultant: Anthony Calzadilla

2008 Alturas de Manoguayabo Charrette
Manoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; In-house charrette, 20 participants. Sonia R. Chao, Director, Center for Urban & Community Design.
Raphael Fornes, Team Leader. Gustavo Sanchez, Team Leader. Victor Santana, Project Architect. Rick Lopez, Architecture. Jose Venegas, Architecture. SoA undergraduate and graduate students

2007-2008 Millennium Project, UM Medical School- Global Institute. 15~participants. Project Lead- Barth Greene, M.D., University of Miami, School of Medicine. Contributors: Interdisciplinary team- University of Florida and University of Miami. UM School of Architecture: Sonia Chao, Director CUCD.

2007 Menchaca Charrette 50~ participants; Queretaro, Mexico, in conjunction with the Tecnologico de Monterrey and Community and Regional leaders
Sonia R. Chao, Event Chairperson. Director, Center for Urban & Community Design
Team Leaders: Sonia Chao, Gustavo Sanchez-Hugalde, Ramon Abonce, and Stephania Biondi. Tecnologico Master’s in New Urbanism, Graduate Students.