Scenario hand sketch, MISI-ZIIBI.

Architecture & urban design faculty receive research award

Posted by May 12, 2014

The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) has announced the award winners from its 2014 call for proposals.

I-CARES supports a network of researchers who focus on renewable energy, the environment, and sustainability, extending beyond Washington University's seven schools, nationally and internationally.

With the addition of the 2014 research awardees, I-CARES now supports 117 individual researchers across 84 projects.

As part of its mission, I-CARES is awarding seed funding to university faculty undertaking innovative and collaborative research in the broad areas of renewable energy, climate change, and sustainability through an annual call for proposals.

This year, I-CARES awarded funds to 13 projects involving 30 WUSTL faculty from six schools: Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, the Brown School, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and the School of Medicine.

"Climate Adaption Performance Model for Fluvial Zones along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers in the Midwest"

John Hoal, associate professor and chair of urban design, and Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor, are co-principal investigators for "Climate Adaption Performance Model for Fluvial Zones along the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers in the Midwest," which has received an award of $26,600 from I-CARES. The majority of the funding will support research assistants—among them MArch student Tiffin Thompson—during the 12-month grant timeframe.

The research project is an extension of work they initiated for MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers, a series of multi-disciplinary workshops investigating spatial design strategies and scenarios through the studying of innovative, integrated approaches for climate adaptation in various fluvial zones along these three rivers.

For the I-CARES funded project, Hoal and Hoeferlin are looking to develop a Climate Adaptation Performance Model (CAPM) to be the framework for future multidisciplinary MISI-ZIIBI workshops that will continue collaborations with partners such as The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C., American Rivers, Earth Economics, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and local stakeholders.

"The CAPM is a crucial and instrumental intermediate benchmark in setting the long-term research methodology for a new design paradigm for how we live more sustainably within fluvial zones along the great rivers," they noted in their proposal.

To see the full list of winning projects and faculty members involved, click here.