Responsive Practices: On Sea Level Rise and the Climate Crisis


Having grappled with sea level rise and climate change since being a middle schooler in the Miami-Dade Public School system, these issues have influenced Strauss' trajectory in arts and architecture to find tools to respond.

THE BUBBLE POPS / Miami area

Shifting Zero: DON'T ASK DON'T TELL / Miami Beach

What is Changing / South Florida


What is Changing is a collection of direct experiences had by South Florida locals. Interviews record stories of what people see is changing due to sea level rise and global climate shifts.

Waterscapes / Paisagem D’Água / Miami and Porto Alegre

Water and Cistern Ecologies Bike Tour / Key West


On Compost and Reclaiming the Red-Lining a City / St. Louis

Speculative Offshore Futures / Miami Beach


Speculative Offshore Futures installation Cast plaster cruise ship models, land forms, pulleys, tide chart, laser level, fluorescent blue lights Hybrid island clusters of cruise ships and land forms suggest a spatial remix of existing components of our city system. In this imaginary hopeful solution, the scale of cruise ships in relation to the islands they visit are an asset. The floating ships support fragments and land structures to keep cultures intact even as they are faced with relocation due to sea level rise. A horizon light circumnavigates the space. The network of lines, pulleys and islands shift with the tides.

Reclining Islands / Leno Garden at Beverly, fort gondo compound for the arts / St. Louis

The Imaginarium / The Learning Community Charter School / Central Falls, RI

Social Practices: PROXIMITIES

The Forgetting and Remembering of the Air / Granite City

Let Me Impress You Authentically / New York

Mickey Mouse Operations / Buenos Aires and New York

Landlines / Penland, North Carolina

Lemonade Exchange / Providence

Practices of Maintenance and Care: ASSURANCES AND UNCERTAINTIES

Strange New Norms / Miami and Miami Beach


Strange New Norms give evidence to the unpredictability of sea level rise effects in South Florida. Filmed in public spaces with random public encounters, these document people’s reaction to high water and foreshadow the future of cities faced with increasing sea level rise. Adaptation as a survival strategy varies from shock to obliviousness, from disturbance to acceptance of new normative situations. Water rises with a steady creep that is simultaneously disturbing and soothing.

Impossible Wants / St. Louis

Project Pothole / Providence

PATCH / New York

Flower Pot / Providence


Infiltracao / Porto Alegre, Brazil

if the blue sky, if movement / Key West and Kansas City

Talking to Satellites / Key West

Interdependence / St. Louis

FIFTY-FIFTY artist collective


founded by Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss, working at the intersection of individual experience and the public sphere, negotiating cultural tensions through socially engaged participatory art practices.

Stories for Fishes