Courtesy of The Confluence Partnership.

MISI-ZIIBI Symposium Keynote Lecture

March 22, 2013
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

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MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers
Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Midwest River Basins

Co-Sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC
Supported by I-CARES and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service's CGI U Programming Fund
March 22-25

Diverse weather events affecting the Midwest in recent years—including floods, tornados, and drought—demonstrate the direct impact increased climate variability has had on the region's natural resources, economies, and communities and the critical need to plan for adaptation. MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers is the first in a series of workshops that will investigate spatial design strategies for climate adaption in communities, economies, and ecologies in the Midwest river basins. As a result, a broad-based set of multi-scaled planning scenarios will be produced, intended to be transferrable to other Midwest city regions.

The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC, is co-sponsoring the workshop with the Sam Fox School. This partnership will bring experts from The Netherlands' current Room for the River program—a government-designed plan addressing climate change, flood protection, drought tolerance, integrated land use, and the improvement of environmental conditions along rivers to ensure the continued sustainable development of The Netherlands.

The workshop will kick off March 22 with a public keynote lecture, titled The Room for the River Program in the Netherlands, featuring Dutch landscape architects Robbert de Koning (Robbert de Koning landschapsarchitect BNT) and Steven Slabbers (Bosch Slabbers landschapsarchitecten) along with Dale Morris, senior economist for the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC. The lecture begins at 6:30p in Steinberg Auditorium, and will be preceded by a 6p reception.

Other Public Components of the Workshop

Members of the general public are invited to attend two plenary sessions as part of MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers:

8:30a-11a, March 22, Steinberg Auditorium
"The Upper Mississippi + Missouri Watersheds: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE"
Rip Sparks, Illinois Water Resources Center (retired)
Joseph Kellet, US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District
Brad Walker, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

8:30-11a, March 23, Steinberg Auditorium
"International-Regional-Local Examples"
Various Dutch and American speakers

There will also be a public presentation of workshop results from noon-1:30p, March 25, in Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall, featuring a reflection by Rachel Jacobson, acting assistant secretary for US Fish and Wildlife and Parks, US Department of the Interior.


John Hoal, associate professor and chair, Master of Urban Design program, College & Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University
Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor, College & Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Washington University
Dale Morris, senior economist, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington D.C.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale
American Rivers
Washington University in St. Louis Gephardt Institute for Public Service CGI U Programming Fund
Washington University in St. Louis International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES)