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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


Panel Discussion: Art, Architecture and Climate Change

Thu, Oct 10, 2019
Gabriel Orozco, Migration, 1996. Cibachrome print. Permanent Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Natasha & Jacques Gelman Foundation
Gabriel Orozco, Migration, 1996. Cibachrome print. Permanent Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum Purchase with funds from the Natasha & Jacques Gelman Foundation

Continuing ICA Miami’s dedication to understanding urgent environmental issues, this panel will explore how anthropogenic effects apply pressure to architectural design and cultural production.

Led by renowned architectural critic Beth Dunlop, the panel will explore the concept of resiliency and the role of architects and artists in mitigating cultural, social, and environmental degradation.

This panel discussion is presented in collaboration with Stantec.


This event is open to ICA Next level members and above. Join or upgrade today.


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Beth Dunlop

Beth Dunlop is currently an Alicia Patterson Fellow writing about the environmental, cultural and architectural consequences of overbuilding. “Addison Mizner: Architect of Fantasy and Romance” is the 29th book on architecture and design she has either written or co-written. Most recently she conceived, co-authored and edited the book, “Heroes: A Tribute,” an homage by the New York artist Doug Meyer to fifty important creative figures who died of AIDS, as well as “The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove.” She was a Pulitzer-nominated architecture critic for the Miami Herald for more than two decades. From 2011 to 2017 she was the editor of Modern Magazine, which was a sister publication to ArtNews and Art in America, and before that, she was the editor of HOME Miami, HOME Fort Lauderdale, and the online-only HOME Los Angeles and has contributed widely to prominent design and architecture magazines. 

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David Rifkind

David Rifkind is Interim Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University. Trained as an architect and as an architectural historian, David currently studies urbanism and architecture in Ethiopia from the late nineteenth century to the present. His work in Ethiopia has been supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation and a residency at the American Academy in Rome as the inaugural Wolfsonian-FIU Affiliated Fellow.

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Susanne Torriente

Susanne Torriente is an accomplished organizational strategist with 29 years of local government experience in South Florida. She joined the City of Miami Beach in September 2015 as assistant city manager (ACM) and as the City’s first chief resilience officer (CRO). As CRO she is building on that foundation to produce an action-oriented updated strategic plan, through the lens of resilience, and a broader Greater Miami & the Beaches 100 Resilient Cities Strategy, Resilient 305.

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Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada’s science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and environmental concerns. The artist has created art installations in the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, as a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writer’s Program Fellow, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort. Cortada serves as Professor of Practice at the University of Miami.

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John Malueg

John Malueg, manager of Stantec’s resiliency programs, is a global leader in recovery and disaster management. With a focus on community-based resiliency planning, he’s a critical partner to both communities and public agencies as they develop plans and implement programs that increase resiliency against chronic stresses and acute shocks. He’s an expert in FEMA, USACE, and HUD risk identification, disaster response, and hazard mitigation. In his 30-year career, his leadership and management positions in both government and private consulting have focused on solving problems, maximizing opportunities, and gaining resilience.

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