Author: Mary DeStefano
Dr. Chanse’s research explores the role of the designer and planner in developing community-based approaches, as well as different methods to encourage public involvement in seeking solutions to storm-water management and sea level rise. She also looks for examples where cross-disciplinary collaborations are occurring and new approaches are being developed by combining the approaches of designers, community members, and social scientists.
The recommendations that came out of these meetings were to develop a series of scenarios of adaptations responses (whether to rebuild and defend the land in certain places, or to retreat in others), to engage a cross-disciplinary group to come up with a range of solutions, and to always keep in mind time frames and issues of scale when considering designing, planning, and building.
Storm water runoff and sea level rise are very serious threats and will require a creative and collaborative approach to mitigate and manage their effects. For more information about the work that Dr. Chanse is doing please see her website at https://www.psla.umd.edu/people/dr-victoria-chanse .