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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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: www.dawntown.org.
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.
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The bad part of running a design competition is that you rarely interact with the participants, so it’s always a treat when one of them comes to visit. Meet Wendy W Fok, creative director of WE DESIGNS LLC and recent honorable mention to our second Design Build competition. Traveling with Evelyn Tilney, the creative producer at WE DESIGNS, I had the opportunity to meet them in Wynwood recently. Their proposal for the Miami Cultural Center Plaza is titled “Occular Dominance”. According to the description from their site, the project:
…Grew out of Miami’s cityscape, mapped out of several zones of the metropolis, including Downtown, South Beach, Wynwood, Little Havana, and Coral Gables. As a feature of downtown, we felt that this Philip Johnson-designed plaza should and could have more visitors, especially because of Miami cultural center’s significant presence, and the movement pathways surrounding the building, including pedestrian, car, and public transport. We decided to engage the city plan and map this pattern on to the plaza, to see what grew from there.
Visually stunning, the project takes advantage of the plaza without physically touching it. Occular Dominance is a raised shade structure that takes cues from a variety of sources ranging from digital fabrication, to solar power generation, the pattern geometries found in Cuban tiles, and the impressive Miami sky.
For more information on the interesting work and research being conducted visit them at their website.
We’ve added TWO new very talented members to our already impressive list of jurors:
- Architecture critic and journalist James Russell, who has written for Bloomberg News and Architectural Record. Mr. Russell is also an adjunct professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York. He comments periodically on WNYC public radio Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Mr. Russell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
- Local Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles who brings over 31 years of experience in the study and practice of landscape architecture to the jury. Mr. Jungles continues to lecture about his passion and practice to garden societies and private and public institutions around the world and is recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Nick Gelpi is a relatively new arrival in the Miami architecture scene. It has taken the New York transplant to make waves for himself. Currently, Nick is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at Florida International University’s College of Architecture and the Arts while maintaining his own practice “Gelpi Projects | Paleo Studio”. He’s already designed the lobby table at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach (a competition he won), and even more recently had some of his writings on materials published in the architecture magazine “CLOG” which centered its theme around Miami.
On June 6th, Gelpi will be giving a talk at The LAB Miami in Wynwood during a Creative Mornings session. Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, where speakers come in to share ideas and thoughts on particular topics. Our Miami chapter is hosted by Malik Benjamin, another faculty member at FIU’s CARTA and community advocate. Please join them on the morning of June 6th for an engaging lecture.
Of course, it’s also worth noting that Nick was one of the finalists for the second Design/Build competition. As we’ve stated before, we will be periodically showing off all the finalists proposals. Below you’ll find his video submission:
From time to time, we try to present relevant news from the world of academia here on our DawnTown blog. Since we are about promoting the architecture scene of Miami to the rest of world, it is only fitting that we discuss where some of our architects are educated. South Florida is unique in that it home to a large community of design schools: Broward College, Miami Dade College, FIU, FAU, and UM. This summer there will be a new addition to this community: Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury. El-Khoury will be taking over as Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, filling in the position that Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk held for 18 years. It was announced today in a University press release that he will be assuming the role come July 1st. Below is an excerpt from the announcement:
An academic with more than 26 years of experience in the field, el-Khoury joined the faculty at John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2005. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, el-Khoury found his passion early in life. During his stellar career, he has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and Columbia University among others.
“I am thrilled to join the University of Miami School of Architecture,” said el-Khoury. “The UM School of Architecture has changed the world as the breeding ground for the New Urbanism. It has an amazing history and continues to have an important role in the field.”
To read the full announcement from the University of Miami, please click here for the release. DawnTown welcomes you to Miami Dr. el-Khoury!
Below is a recent TED talk he gave at TEDxTORONTO
Below are the questions & answers for the Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. We have also included an image below showing the site.
I would like to register for the competition with a proposal I have in mind. How do I register and submit my idea?
What is the project site location? Is there an address for the site?
What is the surrounding property context, including: proposed buildings and site usage, size and layout of proposed buildings and site elements, and height of adjacent proposed buildings and structures.
Is there a budget for the proposed Wynwood gateway park? What will be the proposed budget range for improvements?
Is the park an interim space or is the park to be a permanent installation?
Is the site a rectangular shape the faces 28th and 29th Street? I believe the lot that faces 29th street is Ducati’s parking lot. Or are both land lots next to each other making it in the shape of a square along 28th Street?
Need a survey or base plan with defined project boundaries, spot elevations.
Can you have access to the park from 28th street?
Are the (70×100) adjacent lots beyond the parking then?
Are the two lots in question (70×100) side by side or back to back?
The two lots are side by side.
Does the commercial structure (shown in the middle of the site) have to remain?
Is the parking lot part of the site? And if it is, can it be discarded or eliminated?
What will be the off hours for the park? What kind of gate needs to surround the area?
Will the winner be guaranteed a contract to build the design beyond the competition?
We need to know the population density of Wynwood district.
If the site include any historic or significant structure, can we remove it?
Is it possible to include in the portfolio a project, which was planned and realized on the name of another office by a member of our team, who was employed as project manager (by bringing a written proof of having being the project manager on charge for all the planning phases, from competition/ideation to realization)?
Would it be more interesting for you to evaluate only projects which are similar in scale and task to the one of the competition or also other scales and tasks to understand in broader terms the team design approach?
How many members can be included in one group?
Would graduate or undergraduate students be eligible to compete in this competition?
Is there any need to include any cover page in the portfolio?
Can we use Google SketchUP for 3D model of the park?
With regards to the Wynwood Gateway Park Competition, is there a diagram or drawing or DWG file that clearly represents the site boundaries? Also do they indicate access points to the site?
We are in a group of three.In page 1 can we put our logo next to our general description and then a picture of each members with the related bio and info?
Is there a minimum/maximum number of projects? one projects per each page?
The competition brief states “A type of gate must be included in order to secure the park during off hours.” Usually when will be the off hours? Can it be a public use area even at off hours? Any minimum height / requirement of this mentioned gate?
The competition brief states: “No parking to be included in the site”. Does this means that the existing parking at site can be removed?
What are the buildings behind and next to the site besides ST JOHN CLINIC & MEDICAL CENTER. Where can we obtain information about these especially the building attached at behind the site.
Is there any registration needed before date submission of materials via email?
Are there any height restrictions for shading canopies?
We would like to propose artwork for the existing park. Is there a particular dimension of the artwork. Is there any limitation for the height of a sculpture for this call ? Also will you assign any budget for making the structure? How much?
To confirm, registration prior to submittal of portfolio is not required? The portfolio submittal serves as this?
The project is called a Design and Build competition. Must entrants team with a build/ contractor company or will the construction be done in tandem with the organizing group?
There is discussion of design requirements in the brief. To confirm no design concept is to be submitted until round 2. More information (base plan, context etc) will be provided to finalists?
Does an engineer(s) need to be included in the Team profile or will this be picked up in 2nd phase based on concepts etc? Obviously it is tough to get an engineer interested in smaller project until they are further developed.
When will be the anticipated date for the second phase material submission? What types of deliverables will be needed during the second phase? How much time will finalists receive to create proposals for the space?
When is the last date to submit portfolios?
Just to confirm, does the materials deadline refer to the actual design proposal or portfolio submission/registration?
How many finalist teams will be selected during the first round (Call for portfolios) to move on to the second phase?
Are the designs submitted going to be part of a public display for selection?
We would like to design lighting, water feature, benches, berms, etc and want to make sure that these meet the criteria for the judging.
Is there any problem to be members of the team from the same specialization ?
Starting with the winner, we will be displaying the submitted video entries from our second Design/Build Competition. Enjoy!
The wait is over for DB2! Late last December, we announced our call for portfolios attracting over 100 design teams from across the globe, which was painfully narrowed down to a selection of just 15 teams! The ante was definitely raised this time around as the projects were extremely well done, making it more difficult for the jury to find the right selection. After days of deliberating, DawnTown is pleased to announce its winning entry for Design/Build 2. The Chicago based team, Design w/ Company, led by Stewart Hicks & Allison Newmeyer will be tasked with activating the Cultural Plaza courtyard with their temporary installation entitled, Pavilion MMM (Miami Many-a-chair Monument).
The team describes their pavilion’s title as having a double meaning: it is both too small to be a full-scale monument as well as being made of many multi-colored ready-made chairs. The chairs here tell a story about Miami and the experience of the people that make up our multicultural city. The designers explain this in a series of visual metaphors of a chair being found, it is then brought home where it is loved and becomes part of the furniture we grow up with, and eventually resold or given away to restart the process over again. Each chair will be turned into a swing and supported by a modular system of construction scaffolding. This clever use of structural support allows for quick assembly and easy enough to disassemble. The chairs will come from Miami’s own neighborhoods to be purchased at yard sales. Its interactivity and play of scale make for an interesting addition to the otherwise underused plaza.
We will be updating our site with all the entries from this year’s teams, as well as on our facebook page. However, there are two other projects we’d like to mention at this time. Even though our competition brief makes no reference to honorable mentions or merits, there were two projects that came very close in this year’s selection process. The jury felt that the work was strong enough to receive distinction. The teams of After-Architecture consisting of Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumman, and WE-DESIGNS led by Wendy W Fok and Kadri Kerge will receive special merit (Honorable Mention) for their proposals. You can view their work below:
Pavilion MMM will be setup at HistoryMiami in early June the possibility of traveling to different sites in and around the city. The grand opening celebration will be announced through DawnTown’s and HistoryMiami’s respective websites and social media outlets. The DawnTown Design Build Competition is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, HisotryMiami, and the Miami Downtown Development Authority
Metro 1 has partnered with DawnTown Miami to present an international ideas, design and build competition for a true urban park in the heart of the burgeoning Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida. The winning design team will have their idea and proposal built as well as a cash prize of $10,000.
The Competition Wynwood Gateway Park – Design Criteria Public space is a big problem in many Miami neighborhoods, specifically Wynwood. Currently, Wynwood has very limited public space. No dynamic urban neighborhood is complete without a variety of public and green spaces to engage the community. This competition seeks to help remedy this problem by asking designers to present a creative and unique concept for this ideally located Wynwood site that will be appropriate for the space and location. Metro 1 has developed an important intersection leading into the heart of the art’s district, known as the Wynwood Gateway Complex. Within this complex are two (2) 70’ x 100’ lots totaling 14,000sf that has been dedicated for public green space. The idea for the space is to bring the community together, as well as attract visitors and tourists. Ideally, the space could incorporate elements of urban farming, art, sculpture, lighting, landscaping and music. The site should reinforce sustainability, and also serve as a didactic environment where people can learn simply by being there. The Wynwood Gateway Park should also cater to many different types of people. In the day time, families can meet here for gatherings, picnics, or simply to find a quiet place to do yoga or read. The space should also be able to cater afternoon and evening events, such as concerts, weddings and receptions. The design criteria is ambitious but should be accounted for in the schemes. Proposals should be creative, innovative and yet sensible to the urban context. Competitors need to think about how to activate the site from an urban stand point, and not by filling it with a building. Candidates may also submit ideas for names of the space as well.
Round 1 – Call for Portfolios
As in similar design/build competitions, this project will be done in two (2) phases with the first round being a call for portfolios. Designers will be submitting portfolios that show off their best work, built and proposed. We want to see innovative and creative work. From there a group of finalists will be chosen to present schemes for the Park. Please download the competition brief for more details.
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