Building 2050: Americas League International Architecture Summit

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With the help of the Cejas Foundation Grant, the FIU Department of Architecture will host the Cejas Symposium Building 2050: Americas League International Architecture Summit (ALIAS) on March 20-21. The summit is co-chaired by Nick Gelpi (Assistant Professor) and Winifred E. Newman (Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Studies).

Rising tides, changing climates, and population growth predict broad change for architecture and its context. The projected population of the Americas by 2050 is 1.3 billion, close to 11% of a projected total world population of 9 billion. The population of Latin America alone will exceed Europe. The United Nations’ population growth estimates also predict a significant influx of net international migration for the Americas.

ALIAS stems from the desire to shape this growth. The symposium’s concept is the beginning of an international coalition of architects, planners, designers, researchers, and educators united to examine the future of our shared interest in the built environments in the North and South American continents, the Caribbean, and Oceania. Miami is the gateway between the North and South Americas and an appropriate juncture for ALIAS. By way of foregrounding current practices in the many countries of South America, this first conference focuses on recent buildings in Latin America.

From deconstruction to fabrication, computing to coding, it is time to consider what new tools, new ways of making, or new modes of thinking (e.g., research, collaborative practice) will shape how we enact architecture by 2050.

The emphasis for the first meeting is on new concepts in building. For the inaugural summit, four significant new buildings built in the Americas in the last twenty years have been selected for examination and discussion.

This one-day summit invites discussion to unfold around the four buildings and the practices they represent.  These projects will act as primers for discussion, allowing us to situate our discourse within concrete examples of building while also giving us a platform from which to question our own tendencies moving into the future.

The conference is specifically focused on buildings themselves, represented by the collaborative teams responsible for their construction. Whenever possible, architects, engineers, consultants, or clients will accompany these buildings to speak to their collaborative models of future possibility.

What are some of the educational, practical and constructive possibilities that will shape how we define, teach and practice architecture by the year 2050, and what are their examples today? What could we do today to take advantage of emerging technologies, ideas, or educational tools? Our best-laid plans can also capsize and pull us under, so we must also ask what could make them turn negatively. The future is now – the question is how.

Building 2050: Americas League International Architecture Summit (ALIAS) will start with a welcome reception on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 5PM at the National YoungArts Foundation (Bacardi Building): 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131.

The summit will take place on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 9:30AM at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL.


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Stereotank’s Heartbeat installation in NYC


Our good friend Luis snapped some photographs of this installation up in New York City this past weekend, which just so happen to be Valentine’s Day.  Each year the Times Square Alliance and the The Architecture League of New York City invite designers to come up with the Valentine’s Day Heart installation.  Firms such as BIG, Young Projects, and numerous others have won this competition, but this year’s was won by a young duo called Stereotank.  We’re showing off their work today, because Stereotank was one of our finalists for our second Design / Build competition.  The team is made up of Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, who graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of The Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2005.   After conducting a design studio about the common territories between architecture and music at the same school, they moved to New York to pursue a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University graduating with honors in 2007.  They currently live and work in NYC as architects and simultaneously develop a research about the relationships between space and sound through the design and construction of inhabitable sound instruments and installations.

These photos show off their built work in action, and we were just fortunate enough to catch a wedding happening that day.  We are also showing the video that they turned in for their DawnTown project, check it out.  Great work guys!


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Emerging Voices 2015 practitioners with ties to Miami

Each year the Architectural League of New York selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
This year, we’d like to single out 3 of the Emerging Voices with ties to Miami:

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Aranda\Lasch, Palais des Arts | image copyright Aranda\Lasch

Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch founded New York- and Tucson-basedAranda\Lasch in 2003. Committed to “experimental research and innovative building,” Aranda\Lasch’s projects are “multiscalar and interdisciplinary,” operating at a wide range of scales from objects, furniture, and installations to buildings and landscapes. Recently  Aranda\Lasch were finalists for the DawnTown – Metro 1 collaboration competition, The Wynwood Gateway Project, and the design of a multi-functional 5,000-square-foot space in the Design District.

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ISA, 100K House | photo by Sam Oberter

Brian Phillips founded Philadelphia-based ISA in 2004. ISA is committed to “bringing innovative design with a strong environmental agenda to urban environments.” Although a particular focus is housing, the firm works in a wide range of scales and typologies in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago, as well as speculative projects for cities nation-wide. In 2012, Phillips was a visiting critic teaching design at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In 2013, his firm in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Townhouse Center, developed housing prototypes for mid-scale urban development.  For more on ISA, click here.

Studio Roberto Rovira, Sky Lounge | photo courtesy of the firm

Studio Roberto Rovira, Sky Lounge | photo courtesy of the firm


Roberto Rovira, a landscape architect with a design, engineering, and fine arts background, founded Studio Roberto Rovira in 2011. Committed to a “process of design development, analysis, and investigation that seeks larger connections to ecology, patterns, history, and time,” the firm produces work in a variety of scales and typologies, including public art, gardens, courtyards, parks, and event pavilions.  Rovira has his practice in Miami and is chair of the Landscape Architecture department at Florida International University.  Along with fellow FIU professor Nick Gelpi and local Miami artist Jim Drain, Rovira won the Wynwood Gateway Park Competition to design and build their proposal, Wynwood Greenhouse.  For more on Studio Roberto Rovira, click here.

We’d also like to congratulate the other designers as nominated by the league. For the full list with biographies and work samples visit the Architectural League’s website by clicking here.



Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Maharam, and the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Young Ancients Symposium at the University Of Miami School of Architecture

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Young Ancients, a symposium in the TECNOGLASS Series at the University of Miami School of Architecture brings together a group of young architects who are re-investing in history, typology and urban morphology. The emerging sensibility rehearses the Neo-Rationalist ethos of the seventies, grounding visions for livable and sustainable cities on reinforced disciplinary foundations.
Moderated by Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury, the architects participating in the symposium are:

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Wonne Ickx is a partner in PRODUCTORA, a Mexico City based architectural studio, integrated by four architects of different nationalities including Abel Perles (Argentina), Carlos Bedoya (Mexico), and Victor Jaime (Mexico). PRODUCTORA´s work is distinguished by an interest in precise geometries, the production of clearly legible projects with limited gestures and the search for timeless buildings in their material and programmatic resolutions.

Adrian PhifferDamiani Ngo Phiffer
Adrian Phiffer is originally from Romania. He received his Master of Architecture from University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest, and a Master of Urban Design from University of Toronto. In 2001-2002 he studied at Ecole d’Architecture de Toulouse under a Socrates-Erasmus Scholarship offered by the European Union. He has worked with Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and Moriyama Teshima Architects in Toronto, and with Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. In parallel to Office of Adrian Phiffer, he directs The Flat Side of Design and is founding partner of Damiani Ngo Phiffer. He teaches architecture and urbanism at University of Toronto – John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Carie PenabadCure & Penabad
Carie Penabad received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University. Upon graduation she went to work for the office of Machado & Silvetti in Boston, and in 2001 established her own practice in Miami with partner Adib Cure. The work of CURE & PENABADArchitecture and Urban Design has received numerous awards including American Institute of Architects awards, state and local preservation awards, a National Congress for New Urbanism Award, and a Silver Medal prize at the 2010 Miami Biennale. Most recently, the firm was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Marcus Corporation Foundation Architectural Prize for emerging architectural talent. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami SoA and has taught at Yale University as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architectural Design, Northeastern University and the Boston architectural Cente

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Future Latin American Art Museum in Miami?

Lets take a small little break from ArtBasel, just for a second.  I call your attention above , to a video from architect Fernando Romero’s office FR-EE.  The video shows a very convincing rendering for a future Latin American Art Museum in Miami  or LAAM. Although it doesn’t state where it will be located, if it will be built, or if the project is purely speculative, it’s interesting to consider this project for Miami considering this city has been referred to as “The Gateway of/to the Americas.”   This story was originally reported on ArchDaily.  Here’s an excerpt from the project:

LAAM is going to be situated within a residential complex, so it will work as the main access to the people living in the 111 apartments, which are going to be built later. The idea behind this conception is to offer something we could call “aesthetical quality life”. Thus the museum going to be a sort of meeting point for the residents and their visits.

In order to translate this context, Fernando Romero has proposed a building generous in terraces and open spaces to transfer the exterior context into the building. The terraces of the different floors can indeed be called “sculptural gardens”, since they will contain the art pieces at open air. This will emphasize the benefits of the tropical architecture, such as natural air circulation, access to open spaces, foliage and the presence of the sea and the sun. The terraces will also spark off the curiosity of the neighbors and the pedestrians strolling in Biscayne Boulevard, so it will also work as an invitation to visit the museum.— Complete ArchDaily Article.

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X-O Beautiful Times – Opening Reception at Shulman + Asscoiates

X-O Beautiful Times Opening reception

Thursday, December 04

7:00-10:00 PM

Shulman + Associates

100 NE 38th Street

Miami, FL 33137

Free and open to the public.

Shulman + Associates values its collaboration with artists on shared projects, and in the design of galleries, art centers, private collections and museums. For the 5th year in a row, the firm has asked an artist to use its Design District office building as a canvas for a site-specific installation during Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

This year, Amsterdam-based artist X-O will bring his ongoing traveling art project Beautiful Times to S+A’s office façade.  A highly site-specific project, he makes “lost object” sculptures from discarded materials found in and around the area where these works find their temporary lives. For this piece, he will collect materials from the many construction sites of the Design District. X-O’s project is in support of the Morgan Adams Foundation and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Read more about the project at

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Brillhart Architects named a Finalist in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

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Every year, MoMA PS1 celebrates the talents of a Young Architect through the design of temporary pavilion in their outdoor courtyard.  This year, we have learned that one of the finalists comes from our very own hometown in Jacob Brillhart of Brillhart Architects.  For those that don’t know, or don’t remember, Brillhart was the first winner of our own Design/Build Competition back in 2013, partnered with Clavel Arquitectos and Manuel Clavel (photos below)

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Currently, he splits time between his own practice and academia as an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  He has received various awards in the community, most recently the AIA Miami chapter named him Young Architect of the Year.  We wish Jacob and his team the best of luck in this competition. Below is a release from Bustler regarding MoMA PS1 2015 and the links to all the finalists.

Five finalists have been selected for the MoMA PS1 2015 Young Architects Program. The popular yearly program shines the spotlight on emerging architects and invites them to develop an innovative, temporary outdoor urban installation for the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, New York for summer 2015.

The YAP 2015 finalists are:

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2014 Entrance Pavilion at DesignMiami Announced















Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke has been commissioned to create the Pavilion for the tenth anniversary of Design Miami/. Muecke studied architecture at Iowa State, interning at the architectural office of Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland before studying design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Muecke has evolved a design practice that resists standard divisions between design, art and architecture, instead focusing on refined forms that investigate notions of positive and negative space, positional relationships to structures and the innate desire to read notions of functionality into objects that relate to human scale.

Centered around a double-layered circular structure with apertures at both poles, Jonathan Muecke’s Design Miami Pavilion (DMP) is designed on a human scale, rejecting monumentality in favor of lightness and variability. Filtered through a translucent canopy that shelters the whole structure, light will bounce off the curved and colored surfaces of the pavilion – complementary tones of red and green within, primary blue and yellow without – creating a shifting topography of reflected color. Seamlessly shaped seating units made from composite will allow visitors a moment of quiet reflection in a space conceived in part as a refuge from the hyper-stimulating environment of the fair itself.

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Architecture Lectures – University of Miami, Fall 2014



The University of Miami School of Architecture has also recently announced it’s Fall 2014 lineup of speakers for their Call to Order series.  This series is thematically centered in the concept of a re-appearence of a larger engagement with history, precedent and typology in the work of many architects practicing around the world.  The first lecturer in the series was Nader Tehrani, principal of Nadaaa.  Upcoming is Matteo Ghidoni, an architect, a professor, and most notably, the editor of the archizine San Rocco.

To find out more about this lecturer, visit UM on Wednesday, October 8th, at 6:30pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Architecture Lectures at FIU, Fall 2014


Florida International University’s School of Architecture lecture series is well under way with only 5 lectures left on the schedule.  Events are taking place between the main campus and their satellite location, the Miami Beach Urban Studios.

This week they have a special lecture on architecture and sound by Victoria Meyers of Hanrahan Meyers.  Meyers, author of Shape of Sound, is known for her collaborations in the arts.  Her lecture will focus on her building at Battery Park City, Digital Water i-Pavilion, where Meyers collaborated with composer and sound artist Michael J. Schumacher, who also ​founded Diapason Gallery in New York City.  Meyers and her partner, Thomas Hanrahan, commissioned Schumacher to write a musical score, titled ‘WaTER’, that they inscribed on the glass façade of the building they designed in New York City.  The façade is 550-feet long, and faces East, toward West Street, across from the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial site.

This lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct.9th at the FIU Main Campus. 5:00pm.
The official lecture flyer can be downloaded here: Victoria Meyers – lecture flyer

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Wynwood Gateway Park – Meet the Winners Part II

Above is a video that chronicles the winning design, “Wynwood Greenhouse”.  You can get a sense of what the trio were going for in their design proposal. Enjoy!

To follow future news on the Wynwood Greenhouse Park please visit:

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Wynwood Gateway Park Competition – Meet the Winners

Nick GelpiBorn in New Orleans in 1979, Nick Gelpi received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from Tulane University, in 2002 and his Masters of Science in Advanced Archtiecture Design from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2003. After graduation, Gelpi joined the offices of Steven Holl Architects where he worked from 2004-2009 as a project architect leading numerous projects including the 11.2 million sq ft masterplan for the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. In 2007 he and Steven Holl were the recipients of ARCHITECT Magazine’s first annual R&D award for their innovative application of Laminate Wood as a series of commercially available furniture. Nick Gelpi taught architecture studio with Steven Holl at the Columbia University School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University where he was the Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow in 2009, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida International University in Miami Florida, where he resides. Nick Gelpi is the Design Principal and Founder of GELPI Projects, an interdisciplinary design firm, situated in Miami Florida, dedicated to examining the relationships between material experience and the cultural production as it relates to the built environment.

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975, Jim Drain received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. In 2002 the collaborative performance and music group, Forcefield, of which Drain was a member showed an installation of film and sculpture works at the Whitney Biennial. Drain has been co-director with artist Naomi Fisher of the artist-run not-for-profit space, the Bas Fisher Invitational since 2007, the year Drain moved to Miami.  In the past fifteen years of his practice, Drain’s solo sculpture work has explored the bounds ofsculpture via furniture, garment making and installation work. Typically bright, bold and all-encompassing, Drain uses color and pattern to find a liminal, dream-like place ; it is one where material and form become the starting point for transformation. Drain also makes work collaboratively, first within the collective, Forcefield (1996-2002) and also with artists Elyse Allen, Ara Peterson and Ben Russell, respectively.

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is Chair of the Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LA+EUD) Department at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira. A registered landscape architect, his teaching, research and creative work explore the field of landscape architecture through art and design and often test the concepts of time and transformation and the potential of landscape architecture to play a pivotal role in envisioning and shaping public space.

Roberto has been lead designer in national and international projects and his work ranges from environmental installations and competitions, to art commissions, exhibits, and landscape architectural projects. He obtained a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990.

Roberto is the recipient of numerous design and teaching awards. He was recognized as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009 and his work has been published and recognized by Princeton Architectural Press, Routlege/Taylor-Francis, Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the International Federation of Landscape Architects, the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Van Alen Institute among others.

Below are some images from their winning design, titled “Wynwood Greenhouse”.  As the weeks go by, we will presenting other materials and images:

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Wynwood Gateway Park Competition Winners Announced!

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Adnan Morshed lectures at Wolfsonian FIU in Miami Beach on Friday

Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014 – 7:00pm
Location:  Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Event Information

Exhibition Talk

Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder
by Adnan Morshed

Adnan Morshed will discuss his forthcoming publication, Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder, which examines how airplanes and the valorization of heights in the 1920s and ‘30s led to a new aesthetic among designers and architects.

Adnan Morshed received his Ph.D. from MIT Architecture’s History, Theory, and Criticism program. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. Adnan Morshed has been awarded highly competitive fellowships, among others, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Institution; Wolfsonian-Florida International University; and the Society of Architectural Historians. His work has garnered prestigious research grants from the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and MIT. He has lectured around the world on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism, urban ecology and gender justice, and sustainable urban planning in Third-World countries. His articles appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Thresholds (MIT), Center (National Gallery of Art), Constructs (Yale), New Geographies (Harvard), and Architectural Design. He is the author of Oculus: A Decade of Insights into Bangladeshi Affairs (2012). Recently, he led the Society of Architectural Historians’ study tour to three South Asian cities: Dhaka, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Currently he serves on the Board of the $1M Mellon Foundation Grant to MIT’s Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative, led by Professor Mark Jarzombek. A practicing architect and urbanist, Adnan Morshed has designed buildings in the U.S., Lebanon, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.

Free and open to the public.

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Call to Order Lecture Series: Nader Tehrani at UM


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Oh Snap! (Miami) – Reception on Photography in Downtown

Snap! Miami  p r e s e n t s  ‘ALL ABOUT WARHOL’
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014, 7:00-10:00 PM
A personal vision of The Hilton Brothers,’ a collaboration between photographers Christopher Makos + Paul Solberg as seen in their celebrity portraits of Andy Warhol, along with Ai Weiwei, Tom Ford, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Georgia O’Keefe & others. The exhibit also features select intimate photographs of Warhol from William John Kennedy: The Warhol Museum Edition.The first floor of the gallery will showcase ALL ABOUT WARHOL, the mezzanine will include works by renowned artists represented by Snap! including Richard Tuschman, Tom Chambers, Wendy Sacks,Patricia Van de CampHeather Evans Smith, Thomas Dodd, Jason Mitchell and Luis Lazo/L’atelier Alejandro Lazo.

Sponsored by KIWI Arts Group and CU-1 Gallery.

Cocktails by The Courtesy Bar, soft drinks by ONLI Beverages, food by JUICE LAB.Snap! Miami and Snap! Orlando are programs of Snap! Cultural Events, a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation with the mission to celebrate and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide

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Groundbreaking for 250 Wynwood


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MCAD hosts Celebration for Rodolphe El-Khoury

Let's Celebrate

*RSVP with AIA Miami

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All Buildings Great & Small – Exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum

All Buildings Great & Small
All Buildings Great & Small is an exhibit of new building designs for a better city. Exhibited works include drawings and models of new building prototypes for Coral Gables and Wynwood, and of the existing buildings that inspired them. In contrast to the prevailing landscape of large towers and suburban subdivisions, these works examine how to update the small and adaptable building types that made up Miami-Dade County’s early urban areas.

The works are selected from seven semester-long courses taught earlier this year at FIU’s Department of Architecture to more than 100 students, under the direction of department chair Jason Chandler in collaboration with Townhouse Center and supported by Knight Foundation. Each student documented an existing building in Coral Gables or Wynwood, and designed a small, adaptable prototype.

The course and exhibit are part of a broader initiative in Miami-Dade County and nationwide to promote fine-grain urbanism, a pattern of development that produces neighborhoods that are more vibrant and equitable. Groups such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab, the Urban Land Institute’s Small Scale Developers Forum, and Project for Lean Urbanism suggest that a great building is one that is small.

Public Opening Reception
Friday, September 5, 6pm-9pm
Presented in conjunction with the First Friday Coral Gables Gallery Walk.
Free admission.
For more information please visit the Coral Gables Museum.
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Wynwood Gateway Park Competition Finalists Announced!


Metro 1 Announces Finalists for the Imagine, Design and Build Competition

11 teams from around the world were chosen as finalists to submit their designs for the Wynwood Gateway Park

MIAMI – (June 23, 2014) – Metro 1 – Miami’s leading forward-thinking full-service real estate organization – announced today the 11 finalists invited to present their designs for the Wynwood Gateway Park. The contest that began in May, received 238 portfolio entries from 23 different countries from as far away as Bahrain, China, Iran,  Spain, England, France, Montenegro, India,  Italy, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Australia.

The 11 finalists selected are:

An independent team from Miami consisting of artist Jim Drain, landscape architect Roberto Rovira and architect Nick Gelpi,  AGENCY Architecture LLC and Aranda/Lasch from New York City, New York;Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu  /  SO-IL and stpmj from Brooklyn, New York;  Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects from Berkeley, California;  SFA fromMadrid, Spain; Colour: Urban Design Limited and Wayward Plants from London, England, AZC – Atelier Zundel Cristea from Paris, France and ONZ Architects from Ankara, Turkey.

Participants now have 8 weeks to submit their plans for an urban park and garden on the Metro-1 developed retail complex. The winning design will be built and implemented by winter 2014 as part of Phase II of the commercial development that serves as the entryway to the vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. First place will also receive $10,000 in prize money, second – $5,000 and third – $2,500. The winning design will be announced on August 29.

These finalists were chosen by esteemed panel of expert judges including: Enrique Norten – Founding Principal, TEN Arquitectos; Terrance Riley – Principal, Keenan/Riley; Former Director of Miami Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art; Raymond Jungles, ASLA – FASLA, PLA, Founding Principal of Raymond Jungles, Inc.; Allan Shulman FAIA, Principal, Shulman + Associates; James Russell, FAIA, architecture critic and journalist; Andrew Frey – Development Manager, Codina Group; Founder, DawnTown;Tony Cho – CEO and Founder, Metro 1 and Moderator- Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown.

The competition  was conceived by neighborhood visionary and Metro 1 President and CEO, Tony Cho, in partnership with DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami and AIA Miami, the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, with the goal of creating a dynamic 14,000-square-foot space that offers the local community, visitors and tourists a place to come together and enjoy the neighborhood in a public environment. It is located at 2825 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami.

“We were thrilled with the caliber and global diversity of entries,” said Cho. “It demonstrates how Miami – Wynwood in particular – continues to rise to prominence for its artistic and culturally significant identity.”

The Wynwood Gateway Park Imagine, Design and Build Competition is the latest initiative of M1 Community, Metro 1’s designated philanthropy division. Metro 1 prides itself on its commitment to corporate social responsibility through education and allocation of resources – both time and money – to making a positive impact on the communities it serves. For more information or to participate in future M1 Community causes, please contact Stacey Glassman at or call (305) 571-9991.


About Metro 1:
We Shape Neighborhoods™

Metro 1 is a forward-thinking, full-service real estate brokerage, management and development firm dedicated to providing professional real estate services for the next generation of smart and sustainable urban growth.  Metro 1 was the first real estate company in Miami to focus on serving the urban core and revitalizing the communities within them. Urban revitalization is key to our mission and shaping neighborhoods and impacting community is important to us.

Metro 1 offers a full range of real estate services to a prestigious roster of clients and partners worldwide through its two subsidiary companies: Metro 1 Commercial, an elite commercial real estate brokerage, management, and development firm that provides world-class services to commercial real estate owners, investors and occupiers throughout South Florida; and Metro 1 Properties, an independent residential real estate company that offers superb expertise in residential sales, leasing and  development sales.

About DawnTown:

DawnTown is a non‐profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami. The organization consists of a diverse group of individuals who care about the city’s architectural context and serve as activists on architecture. Starting as a lecture in 2007, DawnTown has expanded to host design competitions and other interactive programming.  These competitions have attracted entries from over 20 countries, allowing designers to present their visions and design possibilities for a growing city. DawnTown’s mission is to strengthen the connection between Miami and innovative architecture, to showcase the city’s architecture on a global scale, and to educate the public on the amazing potential the city of Miami has to offer. For more information, visit our website:

About AIA Miami

The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of architects in New York City The goal of the first members was to have a place where members could meet for lectures, conventions and meetings. The original 13 have grown to nearly 300 local chapters representing 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. Florida’s state association was formed in Jacksonville in 1912. In 1980, the Florida South Chapter changed its name to the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1987. There are 658 members in the chapter.AIA Miami has always stressed public awareness and appreciation of architecture and its related fields. Many of our activities strive to provide a venue where the architecture profession and the general public can meet and initiate conversations which will allow Miami and the South Florida region to continue to emerge as a vibrant and diverse community, where architecture and design are play a vital role.


Media Contact:

Lauren Marks – – 305-764-3370 x 201


Download the Press Release here:

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