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Research

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PUBLICATIONS

Each semester the CRUNCH Miami research team will publish a volume of work based on design scenarios that have been develop with graduate students at the Urban Living Lab in Miami Beach.

CRUNCH VOLUME 1

URBAN HYBRIDS

Fall 2018 Semester
Available Here

The City of Miami Beach is one of the most climate vulnerable cities on planet Earth. In the coming decades the city will have to face the challenges of sea-level rise combined with yearly threats of hurricanes, king tides, and tropical rain downpours that can dump as much as five inches of water on the city in one afternoon. Under the umbrella of CRUNCH (Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices) this first volume looks at designing building structures that can act as hybrids sitting in, out, or under the water with the ability to be self-sustaining.

This book features ten different approaches each envisioning and testing self-sufficient, adaptive, and resilient hybrid structures benchmarked against 100% carbon-neutrality using calibrated Autodesk Building Information Modelling (BIM) through cloud engines in Green Building Studio (GBS), Insight 360, Dynamo-Grasshopper, EnergyPlus, and eQuest toolsets. All research designs were based on approximately 80-year scenarios in which modeling by NOAA, NASA, and reinsurance companies places much of the City of Miami Beach’s existing infrastructure under water. The research focuses on a low-lying area called Lake Pancoast on Indian Creek in Miami Beach that is currently undergoing a massive city-led infrastructure transformation to raise roads, install storm water management systems, and a proposed living shoreline. Based on this “living shoreline” strategy of biotechnological, adaptive ecosystems such as mangroves, oysters and coral clusters, projects were developed as part of a bigger citywide program to combat sea level rise.

CRUNCH VOLUME 2

NET-ZERO HIGH RISES

Spring, Fall 2019 Semester
Available Fall 2020

CRUNCH VOLUME 3

CARBON-POSITIVE 2020-2100

Spring 2020 Semester
Available Spring 2022

WORKFLOWS

FIU MIAMI CRUNCH Design Studio Prof Thomas Spiegelhalter: Master Student by Amalia Tomey. This Project is part of the International Climate Resilient Urban Nexus CHoices (CRUNCH) Research Projects and is sited in Miami as a case study area for a high rise building that addresses dynamic changes in sea level rise, storm surge, adaptive building structures for Renewable Energy, Water and Food using the Urban Living Lab (ULL) approach; identifying data and mapping baseline for the city’s needs, developing tools and framework, testing and analyzing data-driven models using different carbon-neutral, carbon-positive, and resilient scenarios from now to 2100.

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CLIMATE RESILIENCE

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