Subtropical Cities 2011
Subtropical Urbanism Beyond Climate Change
March 8-11, 2011 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Welcome from the Conference Chairs

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd International Conference on Subtropical Cities. Since its inauguration in 2006 Subtropical Cities has provided a forum for the presentation of local knowledge from subtropical zones around the world to address global the challenges that we face. The first conference revealed the social and environmental fault lines of subtropical cities at breaking points.

Cities in the subtropics share a series of paradoxes: climate, resources, environment, and culture. The subtropical climate entices new residents and visitors yet it exacts a toll with the ravages of violent weather. The carefree lifestyle of subtropical cities with scarce natural resources is dependent on the flow of resources and tangible goods that support a trade economy. The natural environment is no longer exploitable as the survival of the human environment is contingent upon the ability of natural ecosystems to absorb the impact of human actions. The quality of subtropical living is challenged by the mounting pressures of population growth and rapid urbanization yet urban form and contemporary building design fail to take advantage of the subtropical zone’s natural attributes of abundant sunshine, cooling breezes and warm temperatures.

By building a global network of local knowledge, subtropical cities can confidently lead the way with innovative and inventive solutions for building resiliency and adaptation to climate change.

The second conference in 2008 shed an optimistic light with the theme "From fault lines to sight-lines - subtropical urbanism in 20-20" highlighting the leadership exemplified in the vitality of small and large works from around the subtropical world. Yet beyond these isolated local actions the need for more cooperation and collaboration was identified as the key to moving beyond the problems of the present and foreseeable future.

The spirit of leadership and collaboration has taken on new force, as two institutions from opposite sides of the globe join together to host Subtropical Cities 2011 - Subtropical Urbanism: Beyond Climate Change. The collaboration between Florida Atlantic University and the Queensland University of Technology to host this conference, for the first time in the United States, will forge new directions in international cooperative research to address urban design solutions that support sustainable behaviour, GHG reduction, and climate change research in the areas of design, planning, and public policy. With southeast Queensland and southern Florida as contributors to this global effort among subtropical urban regions that share similar challenges, opportunities, and vulnerabilities our aim is to advance the development and application of local knowledge to the global problems we share.

The Centre for Subtropical Design at the Queensland University of Technology is leading Australia in innovative environmental design with a multi-disciplinary focus is on creating places that are ‘at home’ in the warm humid subtropics. The Broward Community Design Collaborative at Florida Atlantic University's College for Design and Social Inquiry has built an interdisciplinary collaboration that is unique in the United States among the university units of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work, Public Administration, and Civil and Environmental Engineering to engage in funded action research through design inquiry to solve the problems of development for urban resiliency and environmental sustainment.

As we move beyond climate change - now acting upon us - the subtropical urban regions of the world will convene to establish a manifesto for the future. Subtropical Cities 2011 will demonstrate the power of local knowledge against global forces, thereby inspiring us toward everyday engagement and action that can make our cities more livable, equitable, and green.

HONORARY CHAIRS
Mary Jane Saunders PhD
, President
Florida Atlantic University
Rosalyn Carter PhD, Dean
FAU College for Design & Social Inquiry
Jack Seiler, Mayor
City of Fort Lauderdale
Sue Gunzburger, Mayor
Broward County

CONFERENCE DIRECTORATE
Anthony Abbate AIA LEED AP, Co-chair
Florida Atlantic University
Broward Community Design Collaborative
Rosemary Kennedy, Co-chair
Queensland University of Technology
Centre for Subtropical Design
David Benjamin, PhD
Architect
Leonard Berry, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Dan Etheridge
Tulane University
Tulane City Center
Francis Lyn
Florida Atlantic University
School of Architecture
Cliff McCue, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
School of Public Administration
James Murley
Chair, Florida Energy and Climate Commission
Assistant Dean, College for Design
and Social Inquiry
Florida Atlantic University
Kasama Polakit, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
School of Urban and Regional Planning
Allan Shulman FAIA LEED AP
University of Miami
School of Architecture
John Cotter, Conference Manager American Meetings, Inc.

TECHNICAL AND PAPER
REVIEW COMMITTEE

Kasama Polakit, PhD, Chair
Florida Atlantic University
Anthony Abbate AIA, LEED AP
Florida Atlantic University
Joo-Hwa (Philip) Bay
University of Western Australia
David Benjamin, PhD
Architect
Scott Bernhard, AIA
Tulane University
Leonard Berry, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Janis Birkeland
Queensland University of Technology
Laurie Buys PhD
Queensland University of Technology
Jean-Martin Caldieron, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Jori Erdman
Louisiana State University
Veronica Garcia-Hansen
Queensland University of Technology
Kathi Holt-Damant
Queensland University of Technology
Rosemary Kennedy AIA
Queensland University of Technology
Gini Lee, PhD
Queensland University of Technology
Jean-Francois LeJeune, PhD
University of Miami
Francis Lyn
Florida Atlantic University
Praveen Maghelal, PhD
University of North Texas
Vikas Mehta, PhD
University of South Florida
Yan Mei Li, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Diana Mitsova, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Daniel O'Hare
Bond University
Asli Ceylan Oner, PhD
Florida Atlantic University
Armando Perez, PhD
Architect, Puebla (Mexico)
Ximena Samper de Neu
Universidad de los Andes
Paul Sanders
Queensland University of Technology
Allan Shulman FAIA, LEED AP
University of Miami
Leigh Shutter
Queensland University of Technology
Peter Skinner
Queensland University of Technology
Mate Thitisawat
Florida Atlantic University
Perry Yang, PdD
Georgia Institute of Technology

Subtropical Cities 2011 conference | March 8-11, 2011 | Fort Lauderdale Florida
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