In early September, Los Angeles councilman Jose Huizar announced the formation of a 21-member task force to help re-imagine Pershing Square, the beleaguered central park in the middle of downtown. The group includes local residents, design and architecture experts, business people, and government officials. Huizar said he hoped they could bring “a wide-range of ideas and perspectives to the discussion.” They also have to develop an agenda and a timeline, and figure out how to fund the project.
On Thursday, October 17 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the ACSA Fall Conference will explore the compounding problems of sea level rise and resource depletion, and the impacts of climate-related disruptions on the flow of people and resources, particularly, sustainable food supply in coming decades. Catastrophic weather events – including drought and flooding, fires and deforestation, hurricanes, and landslides – have recently affected major centers of population throughout the world’s subtropical climate zones. With the forces of climate change now acting upon us, the subtropical urban regions of the world are becoming the harbinger for “Braving a New World”, as the power of local knowledge and focused research is tested against global influences and our everyday engagements and actions reflect our position about the future we are designing for ourselves and for our future generations.