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Tidal Communities

Fri, Feb 26    1pm

Tidal Communities: The Experience of Underserved and Indigenous Rural Communities Along Changing Coastlines

A panel discussion among Maurice Bailey, Whitney Barr, Robin Bronen, Alex de Sherbinin, Dean Hardy, Radley Horton, Malgosia Madajewicz, Dorothy Peteet,Shavonne Smith, and Kate Orff, Professor and Director of GSAPP’s Urban Design Program.

Black, Indigenous, and people of color are on the front lines of climate change. Sea level rise, accelerating erosion, saline intrusion, the loss of fisheries and coastal livelihoods, and repeat flooding present not only economic impacts but existential threats to continued existence of the communities and their cultures as many are faced with the unthinkable – at what point is relocation inevitable? What is the role of design to reduce harm and help build pathways toward economic and ecological resilience? This web-based panel will explore perspectives from three groups - the Shinnecock of Long Island, the Gullah Geechee of coastal South Carolina, and residents of the Alaskan Native Village of Nunapitchuk - in terms of the hazard exposure, ecological changes, and cultural and institutional responses.

Organized by the Architecture and Urban Design Program with the Climate Adaptation Initiative of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.


Free and open to the public. Virtual events hosted on Zoom Webinar do not require an account to attend, advanced registrations are encouraged.

GSAPP is committed to providing universal access to all of our virtual events. Please contact Lyla Catellier via email at events@arch.columbia.edu to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.