2022-23 BE McKinley Futures Studio

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An information session for the 2022-23 McKinley Futures Coastal Adaptation BE Studio, “Design for Climate Change and Social Justice with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe,” is taking place this Friday, April 22, 12-1pm in Gould 110.

This 2022 / 2023 interdisciplinary BE studio will collaborate with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe on the Pacific coast to advance the Tribe’s upland expansion in anticipation of sea level rise, erosion, tsunamis and other changes exacerbated by climate change. This collaboration will address Tribal priorities for resilience, and will integrate the Tribe’s cultural identity, needs, and ongoing concerns into strategies that will support a sense of cultural continuity. Currently, the Tribe resides on the tidelands of the most rapidly eroding portion of the US Pacific Coastline. In response to increasing environmental volatility, the Tribe has procured land at higher elevations and is planning and developing design strategies for this expansion. The studio will explore an array of culturally-appropriate and technologically innovative strategies that advance the Tribe’s existing planning priorities –e.g. resilient green buildings, green infrastructure, edible trails, food sovereignty and health & well-being -to reassert long-term cultural identification with place. We will collaborate both in Seattle and on the coast.

Daniel Abramson, PhD -Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning
Lynne C. Manzo, PhD – Professor, Landscape Architecture
Julie Kriegh, PhD, AIA, LEED AP – Visiting Professor
and Rob Corser, AIA – Associate Professor, Architecture

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