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Smart Coast Initiative

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

The Smart Coast Initiative (SCI) at the University of Texas at Arlington focuses on participatory and cross-disciplinary research and design projects in the field of climate resilience of the built environment. The primary aim of the SCI is to co-create urban futures, adapting cities and communities to climate change. SCI co-chairs Dr. Michelle Hummel, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, and Dr. Oswald Jenewein, Assistant Professor of Architecture, have been leading several engaged projects starting in 2018, exceeding $2.7 million in university and federal funding. These projects include “Enabling Smart Cities in Coastal Regions of Environmental and Industrial Change: Building Adaptive Capacity through Sociotechnical Networks on the Texas Gulf Coast,” funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of their Smart and Connected Communities Program.

Co-creating urban futures with communities.

Providing tangible strategies to action in the process of developing smart & connected communities.

Making research & design projects more equitable and accessible to non-academic audiences.


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