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Placemaking and Climate Change Migration

September 24, 2020 , 4:30 pm 5:20 pm

RECORDING: A video recording of this past event is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcS5ibUAkIg&feature=youtu.be.

Climate change forced displacement and resettlement is becoming a pressing topic as the impacts of sea level rise, drought, and severe tropical storms increasingly impact communities’ livelihoods. As communities and entire nations are forced to resettle, how will basic social and cultural structures be maintained? The transportation of resilient socio- cultural patterns becomes essential for maintaining the health and well-being of a community. Thus, the investigation of the dialectic relationship between culture and the built- environment helps understand how to support displaced communities through migration. Understand how knowledge systems are applied in placemaking and the barriers that hinder the continuity of these patterns within receiving communities will help lead toward more inclusive urbanism and more sustainable community development.

About the Speaker: James Miller is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Indigenous Studies with a joint appointment in Canadian-American Studies, Salish Sea Studies and Huxley College of the Environment. A Kanaka Maoli scholar, architect, and urbanist, James runs a design lab, ’Ike Honua, centering Indigenous knowledge in building resilient communities through architectural and planning frameworks. Under the lens of climate change adaptation, James Miller’s research investigates the role of Indigenous Design Knowledge in the creation of culturally supportive environments through climate migration. Currently, James is investigating the transboundary placemaking of Indigenous communities from the Marshall Islands and the intersection of Oceanic Indigenous knowledge in building community resilience. Miller’s scholarship provides a space for Indigenous knowledge systems tied to the production of the built-environment to be recognized within fields dominated by western-centric world views. He holds a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Oregon with specializations in cultural sustainability and Indigenous design knowledge.

Watch the presentation live at https://huxley.wwu.edu/huxley-college/huxley-speaker-series-online. The YouTube Live Stream link will be posted a few minutes before the presentation begins.

Hosted by Western Washington University – Huxley College of the Environment, WWU Salish Sea Institute, and the Center for Canadian-American Studies

Please contact stefan.freelan@wwu.edu with questions about this event.

This event is part of the City’s ALL IN for Climate Action Week. Find a full list of events here.