CSS supports trans-disciplinary research, design, and outreach projects that envision innovative solutions to coastal challenges through collaboration across a variety of academic perspectives. Through this program CSS facilitates new ideas and new partnerships that contribute to creating a more adaptive, resilient, and sustainable coastal Louisiana.
CSS builds capacity by bringing together a variety of disciplines to address the most pressing issues facing coastal Louisiana. Through trans-disciplinary projects, events, internships, and educational curricula, CSS connects experts, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, and builds a collective body of knowledge that crosses disciplinary boundaries.
Visualizations such as graphics, animations, and exhibits provide a powerful platform for communicating complex ideas. Through a trans-disciplinary and iterative process, CSS creates and employs visuals to stimulate thoughtful explorations, encourage dialogue, and ultimately galvanize action.
By collaborating with community leaders and planners, fostering network connections, and providing a suite of resources and training opportunities, CSS enhances the community planning process. This work is crucial to strengthen community, economic, cultural, and ecosystem resiliency in coastal Louisiana.
Through design speculation the CSS puts forward new ideas and reimagines future possibilities for coastal Louisiana (and other modern deltaic systems worldwide). These designs are provocative and make proposals that challenge our assumptions, expand our understanding of the subject matter, and facilitate the creation of bold, innovative solutions. Because of the engagement of so many disciplines these projects have gone far beyond provocative design speculative to inform real policy and decision making.