Andrew Rumbach | Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University
About the talk: Mobile home parks are the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing the United States, home to nearly 4 million households. Mobile home parks are at high-risk to extreme weather events like floods and wildfires and are an important climate adaptation issue because they concentrate socially vulnerable people in hazardous areas. This lecture will situate mobile home parks at the intersection of the housing and climate crises in the United States, drawing on a multi-year study of housing vulnerability in Texas and Florida.
Andrew Rumbach is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, the Coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning program, and the Director of Education of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center – all at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on household and community risk to natural hazards and climate-induced extreme events, and the role that planning plays in shaping resilient communities and regions. Rumbach received his PhD and Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a BA in Political Science from Reed College.