Creative adaption in cities - battling climate change in a quake zone

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Leading United States landscape architect Kristina Hill has visited Christchurch and shared her views on the opportunity the city has to adapt to the changing global environment, particularly around climate change and sea level rise.

Kristina Hill is an associate professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.  She studies urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to physical design and social justice issues and one of her key focusses is in adapting urban districts and shore zones to the new challenges associated with climate change.

Hill's current research is urban resilience and development to enhance a city's ability to recover from disaster events.  

 Image from the Regenerate Christchurch Redzone Futures exhibition held recently in Christchurch.

Image from the Regenerate Christchurch Redzone Futures exhibition held recently in Christchurch.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005,  Hill worked with the Dutch-American engineering and design team developing New Orleans water management strategy. 

 

 Kristina Hill is an associate professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley

Kristina Hill is an associate professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley

In this video Hill discusses her recent work in the San Francisco Bay Area – a region that, like Christchurch, is challenged by a rising water table in a seismic zone.