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New Island Futures: Spaces of Climate Change Migration in NZ

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UTS, Building 6, Level 3, Landscape Architecture Studio

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UTS Landscape extends a warm invitation to a special public lecture:

New Island Futures: Spaces of Climate Change Migration in New Zealand

Speaker: Lizzie Yarina

For islanders of the South Pacific, climate change is here; rising sea levels, eroding shorelines, and increasingly devastating cyclones put these small nations in a precarious position. Pacific islander migration to wealthier high-ground countries is a growing trend, which impacts its host cities alongside the countries being vacated. While most urban planning conversations on climate-changed futures emphasize adaptation of existing contexts, this project asks what happens when a nation’s only option is to relocate entirely.

Lizzie is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of Victoria Wellington, studying the spatial implications of climate change migration on New Zealand cities. The project looks at the urban spaces of existing Pasifika communities via mapping and community engagement, and explores how these spaces might be shaped for a future influx of climate migrants. She will share 3 projects created under the umbrella of her Fulbright research thus far: "Fluid Union: Migratory Pacific Mappings"; "Porirua Pasifika: A Pacific Utopia in Aotearoa"; and "New Island Futures Portal: an Interactive Resource for Tuvaluan (Climate) Migrants.”

Lizzie received her Joint Masters of Architecture and City Planning from MIT and is a research associate with the MIT Urban Risk Lab.


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