Van Alen Institute to Host “Keeping Current Festival” in Miami, December 12–15, Showcasing Design Solutions for Climate Adaptation
Festival Includes Interactive Installations by Local Artists and Ribbon-Cutting of Newly Designed Park in North Miami
(November 20, 2019)—On December 12, 14, and 15, Van Alen Institute is hosting the Keeping Current Festival in Miami, FL to promote and celebrate community-led climate action. Members of the public are invited to get inspired by the possibilities for climate adaptation and find out how their neighbors are tackling solutions to sea level rise. The festival marks the conclusion of Keeping Current: A Sea Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami, an initiative led by Van Alen Institute to develop innovative and replicable design solutions addressing the effects of climate change and rising sea levels in South Florida.
All events are free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Rain or shine.
Thursday, December 12, 5–8 pm
Venture Café Miami, CONVERGE MIAMI, 1951 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL
Hear from local climate justice, design, and environmental resilience groups, presented as part of Venture Café Miami’s #ThursdayGathering. Get inspired by the possibilities for climate action in the fields of architecture, design, engineering, government, and planning. The evening includes Pecha Kucha-style presentations by these groups and students of Van Alen’s Climate Design Lab—a climate education summer program for local high school students, held in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The CLEO Institute, and the University of Miami.
Parking complimentary for attendees.
Saturday, December 14, 1–5 pm
José Martí Park, 351 SW 4th Ave, Miami, FL
Interact with artworks ranging from installation, sound art, dance, performance, fashion, and participatory work. Flood No More features 12 South Florida-based visual and performing artists tackling one of the most important issues of our time: climate. From revisioning and redesigning public space with Agustina Woodgate’s Rayuela, to inviting visitors to give advice on ways to adapt—such as immigrating or surviving a hurricane—with Laurencia Strauss’ The Bubble Pops, these artists offer new ways of thinking about solutions to climate action and adaptation.
Artists: The Climate Crusader, Xavier Cortada, Department of Reflection, Cara Despain, Jenna Efrein + Christin Paige Minnotte, Regina Jestrow, Lucinda Linderman + Kim Yantis, NWD Projects, Carrie Sieh, Laurencia Strauss, Fereshteh Toosi, and Agustina Woodgate. Curatorial consultant: Susan Caraballo.
As part of the day, meet team members from Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, the Miami-based landscape architecture firm redesigning José Martí Park. Selected by the City of Miami, Curtis + Rogers Design Studio will create a master plan to reduce the park’s flood risk while better serving community needs.
Sunday, December 15, 1–5 pm
901 NE 144th St (between NE 8th and NE 10th Aves), North Miami, FL
Celebrate a newly redesigned park in North Miami with design tours, music, and food! Design team Department Design Office—along with local artist Adler Guerrier, local architect Andrew Aquârt, and hazard mitigation start-up Forerunner—is transforming a vacant, flood-prone lot into a community space and water retention site. Celebrate the grand opening along with Department Design Office and officials from the City of North Miami. Throughout the day, the design team will lead tours showcasing the methods, tools, and materials they used to transform the site from a flood zone into a public space.
About Van Alen Institute
At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than 125 years of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.
Keeping Current: A Sea Level Rise Challenge for Greater Miami is a project of Van Alen Institute that encompasses a series of initiatives seeking innovative solutions to protect South Florida’s six million residents from the potentially catastrophic consequences of sea level rise. To fund the initiative, Van Alen raised $850,000 from The Rockefeller Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Miami Foundation, Target, and Terra. Van Alen employs its expertise and network to help South Florida residents gain a better understanding of sea level rise and new ways to respond to their changing environment. This initiative builds upon Van Alen’s leadership in organizing projects that generate innovative solutions to complex climate change problems. After Hurricane Sandy, we worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop nearly $1 billion worth of infrastructural improvements in the Northeast region. We also recently worked in Lower Mississippi River Delta, where we collaborated with dozens of stakeholders to make the New Orleans region more sustainable over the next 100 years.