Adaptation Strategies: Infrastructure Flexibility for Resilient Communities and Autonomous Vehicles

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Sea level rise has had a significant impact on coastal ecosystems resulting in wetland loss, increased coastal erosion/inundation, and increases in the duration and frequency of flooding from storm surge. The first presentation introduces a collection of adaptive flood attenuation mechanisms (both structural and non-structural) for protecting newly designed communities from flood events and the eventual impacts of sea level rise.

The second presentation examines how the autonomous vehicle will redefine the streetscape in the coming future. For one possibility, street space could shift towards more pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. Driverless cars may use space more efficiently and potentially relinquish some of this space, particularly street parking in downtown areas to public space. For another possibility, these saved spaces might simply be packed with more driverless cars based on increasing ride demands. The critical question becomes how to reassign the authority between the pedestrians and riders on the street.
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Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Gain insight on implementable climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

2. Explore economic, ecological, cultural and social benefits from the practice of green infrastructure

3. Identify impacts that driverless car will brings to our city

4. Examine concepts and strategies for implementing infrastructure flexibility and how this will change urban corridor aesthetics and programming
Zixu Qiao, Associate ASLA; Yadan Luo, Associate ASLA
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