During her Graduate Thesis at Florida International University '13, Ana designed an idea to address Sea level Rise in South Florida consisting of an urban master plan for incremental change over time. Her idea, “Cut fill City” proposes strategies at three different scales (regional, city and building scale), allowing for different municipalities, entities and communities to implement these ideas according to their needs and capabilities. Ana believes that technology plays an important role in creating strategies to deal with Sea Level Rise, from raising awareness to developing building systems that use water as a valued resource for energy generation, conservation and consumption. The implementation of cut fill city in South Florida, could become a prototype to many other coastal cities around the world at risk of Sea Level Rise, improving the lives of millions, if not billions of people.
Global Warming is one of the leading causes of Sea Level Rise. Buildings and Transportation contribute a much as two thirds of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
Water Table today
South Florida is built on top of limestone, a porous rock that will allow water to come up from underneath.