Carbon Neutral Water-Energy-Food Nexus Research for Miami and the Greater Islands

By: Darren Ockert   Thomas Spiegelhalter  

The International COP 21 Paris Agreement was created to generally support professional and municipal architecture and urban design practice emphasizing greenhouse gas reductions and carbon-neutral city planning and operations. Miami benefits through multiple large-scale grants focused on strategic solutions to combat and adapt to the effects of global warming, sea level rise, flooding, hurricane impacts, and salt-water intrusion. However, Miami’s sustainability master plans do not sufficiently target the International COP 21 carbon-neutrality targets. This paper critically describes a recently funded three-year research project by EU agencies and the US-National Science Foundation in partnership with nineteen partners from six countries (the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, USA, and China). The paper describes how transdisciplinary, parametric-algorithmic, computational research workflows, combined with cloud-based artificial intelligence and machine learning simulation engines can produce outcome scenarios for the period from 2019 to 2100. These scenarios are generated by the Miami research team at the Urban Living Lab (ULL), part of Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS). The ULL’s research sectors include water management, robotic urban farming, local food production and hydroponics, mixed renewable energy design, and carbon-neutral power generation with adaptive blue-green infrastructure projects that support the local and regional Food-Energy-Water Nexus.

Climate Change, Resiliency, Carbon Neutral, Nexus, Water, Food, Energy, Design
Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Darren Ockert

Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter

United States
United States

Thomas Spiegelhalter has realized research demonstration work in Europe and the US in numerous contextual, solar, zero-fossil-energy, and low-energy building realizations projects; large-scale sustainability master planning, and redevelopment projects for abandoned post-industrial sites. Many of his completed projects have been published in International anthologies such in "Contemporary European Architects, Volume V," 1997, Building a New Millennium 1999-2000", both Benedict Taschen Publisher, in "Solar Architecture for Europe, Publisher Birkhäuser, 1996, in "The Architectural Review, on "Ecology and Architecture,” in 1998, in“Architectural Record-"DESIGN VANGUARD AWARD 2003 or in the monograph "Adaptable Technologies - Le tecnologie adattabili nelle architetture di Thomas Spiegelhalter” by Angeli Publisher, Rome, in 2008. The most recent co-authored publication includes "Post-parametric Automation in Design and Construction" at ARTECH House in London, UK, 2014. Spiegelhalter includes in his master planning, research, and consultation projects multiple sustainability measurement criteria systems such as the ISO 9000/14000 standards, IEA Solar City, the European Building Energy Performance Certificate Methodology, the World GBC, CASBEE, DNGB, Energy Star, Cascadia, and the USGBC LEED rating systems. Since 1990, he has worked with numerous EU and US Universities to research on multi-disciplinary ecological engineering projects. As a result of his 25 years of design and built work, professional consulting, awarded research, teaching, Spiegelhalter has received 54 prizes, awards, and honors in European and US sustainability competitions.