The Flooding of the Ocean State: Strategies and Questions for the Future

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Searle Design Group has been engaging in research on climate change and how it impacts Rhode Island. Last September, SDG designed and built an educational installation about sea level rise in the ocean state for PARK(ing) day Providence. During the event, SDG spoke to many community members about their hopes and concerns for the future of the Ocean State.

Inspired by the conversations, SDG dived into a deeper investigation into the unique challenges Rhode Island will face as sea level continues to rise and climate patterns change. This expanded research has resulted in the development of a catalogue of design strategies for coping with sea level and flooding as well as a matrix of applications for these strategies. Join our Eat & Speak as we discuss design strategies and how we are shifting the conversation from sustainability to resilience.

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Taber Caton

Searle Design Group

Taber Caton returned to Rhode Island from Seattle, bringing experience in a wide range of projects for public and private clients. This experience includes design of K-12 and higher education schools and senior and mixed use housing. While living and working in Rhode Island, Taber also was an adjunct faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design. She will continue her work in environmentally sensitive and urban sites. As a passionate plants person, her teaching focused on applying horticultural practices within the profession.

She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Landscape Architecture. Taber has been practicing in the profession since 1998 and is a registered landscape architect in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.