Building Luxury Residences in Miami: The Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Hurricanes

2023-12-16 19:52:53

Published on December 16, 2023 at 8:52 p.m. / Modified on December 16, 2023 at 10:09 p.m.

“Already five floors, there will be forty more.” The foreman, helmet on his head, points to one of the many construction sites in central Miami. The plot which will accommodate luxury residences is ideally located on the edge of the estuary where the yachts join the bay. A drill drills into the thin strip of sandy ground, as if resting on the dark waves. The machine injects concrete pillars into the ground. This is the condition for setting off to attack the sky.

Without its towers, Miami peaks at five meters above sea level, 1.5 meters for the coastal areas which were until now the most sought after. Backed by the immense marshy park of the Everglades, the metropolis is built on a limestone sponge, which sometimes absorbs, sometimes rejects excess precipitation. Not to mention the hurricanes which are increasing in power with global warming and which are pushing the waves towards the coasts.

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