As climate change makes coastal flooding a rising threat, stilt homes are an increasingly popular weapon against storm surges and routine flooding. Studies on climate change’s impact on cities dating back a decade have called for incorporating stilt homes into housing plans.
In Miami, a city that is being forced to radically rethink housing amid the changing climate, architect Rene Gonzalez works out of an office on stilts and has built many elevated homes. He believes their importance will only grow in coming years.
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