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By Jessica Sanchez and Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporters

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) and global design and engineering firm, Stantec, are holding the Climate Change, Art & Architecture panel discussion on October 10th, at 6:30 PM at the Palm Court event space in the Miami Design District 140 NE 39th Street.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) and global design and engineering firm, Stantec, are holding the Climate Change, Art & Architecture panel discussion on October 10th, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, News
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) and global design and engineering firm, Stantec, are holding the Climate Change, Art & Architecture panel discussion on October 10th, photo courtesy of ICA Miami.

The event will be moderated by renowned architecture critic Beth Dunlop, and presented in collaboration with Stantec. The discussion will explore the concept of resiliency and the role of architects and artists mitigating cultural, social and environmental degradation.

John Malueg, Manager of Stantec’s Resiliency Program shared, “City planners have an opportunity to facilitate development and implementation of the community’s resilience vision and strategy through a process of broad community stakeholder involvement.”

Adding, “There is also a valuable opportunity in reviewing and revising the city’s new development and redevelopment regulations, standards, and associated guidance to meet resiliency goals.”

He goes on to explain, “Developers have the unique opportunity to work as partners with the community and city to help define what the vision and strategy look like and how they are executed.”

“Developers are perhaps best positioned to advance the resiliency vision from a business standpoint with an understanding of how it is influenced by short-, mid-, and long-term market needs and trends.”

Stantec's recent project the Gale South Beach, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, News
Stantec’s recent project the Gale South Beach, described as a faithful and painstaking restoration of the hotel’s cherished exterior, photo internet recreation.

Continuing ICA Miami’s dedication to urgent environmental issues, the panel will study how anthropogenic effects apply pressure to architectural design and cultural production.

Moderator Beth Dunlop is currently Alicia Patterson’s Fellow writing about the environmental, cultural and architectural consequences of overbuilding. “Addison Mizner: Architect of Fantasy and Romance” is the 29th book on architecture and design she has either written or co-written.

Recently Dunlop created, co-authored and edited the book, “Heroes: A Tribute”, an homage by the New York artist Doug Meyer to fifty important creative figures who died of AIDS, as well as “The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove”.

She was a Pulitzer-nominated architecture critic for the Miami Herald for more than two decades. Also from 2011 to 2017 she was editor of Modern Magazine, a sister publication to ArtNews and Art in America.

Other panelists included are; Zavier Cortada, his science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and environmental concerns; the artist has created art installations in the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change and serves as Professor of Practice at the University of Miami.

Also Susanne Torriente, an accomplished organizational strategist with 29 years of local government experience in South Florida and City of Miami Beach’s Assistant City Manager and Chief Resilience Officer.

David Rifkind, the Interim Chair of the Department of FIU’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Florida International University, is trained as an architect and as an architectural historian.

Malueg summarized, “We hope to see a diverse audience that is anxious to learn about the challenges associated with climate change and the opportunities to advance their community’s overall resilience strategy and help define what success looks like.”

“It’ll be an enlightening experience for the general public, the environmental community, community planning and design professionals, the real estate, development and financing communities, as well as elected officials and their staff.”

The event is open to ICA next level members and above. Click here to join or upgrade today.

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