Built for Temporality
October 29, 2018
by Trevor Kamm
If you have recently paid a visit to the rapidly growing and bustling city of Miami, you are aware of a few things. The city runs on Cuban coladas, tropical plants grow out of every street corner and crack, and blinkers on I-95 are for letting drivers know that you would prefer to be cut off (hint: dont use a blinker or you WILL be cut off, just go). These are only a few foundational truths and norms of working in the south Florida jungle.
The legacy of Miami is pretty unique, a beautiful playground of business and pleasure built by some of the most well known names of the Industrial Revolution. It's interesting these men chose to build on volatile lime rock and shifting sands of South Florida. These technological barons decided to build anyway, and the place continues to be a hub of technology, art, diversity, and innovation. A lot of eyes are on Miami again. A hot topic echoing in the decision makers ears is the issue of SEA LEVEL RISE.
Is Miami building castles in the sand that will soon be washed away?
According to recent reports, the Everglades has been deemed one of the most biologically sensitive areas in the nation. If this is the case, south Florida will soon be pressed firmly into the middle of a very large complex, fast paced, environmental debate. Given the nature of Miami, it is optimistic to assume this place will become home to some of the environmentally innovative solutions our nation has to offer, right? We hope!
With the debate of "climate change" aside. It is clear, our fast paced human impact on this area is taking a toll. Wastewater solutions in Miami are extremely complex, and we need an amazing technology migration to this area to solve the problems before its to late.
In recent months Floridians have witnessed an assault on our ecosystem, one that is critical bridge to the southeastern united States and Caribbean. Big agriculture along with big government infrastructure interests have created a problem to big to reckon with. Lets look at another issue.
Most people have no idea that very lucrative mining operations go on within city limits for rich, and profitable limestone extraction. Here's an interesting excerpt from an article from Construction Equipment Guide back in 2007.
The following pictures represent the "river of grass" that borders "the jungle of concrete" that meets the sea. With the mining operations buffer in between.
Please review this beautiful map to analyze the triangulation of agriculture, mining, and intense wastewater farming in the "jungle of concrete". We have addressed 3 environmental issues to note outside of "climate change" that can be identified on the map from space!
Agricultural and infrastructure issues
Extensive mining and limestone extraction.
Somehow the Cuban Coladas "human diesel fuel of south Florida" will not solve this issue alone. We have a lot of work to be done to preserve this amazing state.