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March 2013 saw two young architects, Jacob Brillhart and Manuel Clavel create the first DawnTown Design/Build installation at HistoryMiami. Building upon the successful event, DAWNTOWN DESIGN/BUILD 2 looks to carry on that legacy with a new installation. The search begins for a new designers to submit their creative work and be a part of the call for portfolios in the first round of this latest competition. Once again, DawnTown will reward one team or individual the opportunity to create and install an innovative architecture piece in downtown Miami. This competition seeks the talents of a designer or design team to create a low cost, innovative, and temporary installation in Miami.
The competition is open to architects, artists, and all creative professionals. Designers can work individually or collaboratively in teams, and multinational teams are welcome to compete as well.
Interested designers/design teams must submit a maximum six(6) page PDF. The PDF should include all competing participants with a short biography of each, a one(1) page essay on their design philosophy, and samples of their existing work(either built/unbuilt). Work samples should demonstrate an entrant’s ability to be artistic and innovative. Entries will be collected from December 3 2013 to January 17 2014, with finalists being announced on January 30th.
To download instructions on how to submit portfolios and where to submit them, download the forms here: Call For Portfolios 2013
Whenever we hear something about positive about one of our DawnTown family, we like to make sure to spread the word. We’ve mentioned Eric Hankin before, a founding member of our Board, an educator, an architect, and overall great person. When he’s not helping us here at DawnTown he guides future designers and architects at DASH (Design & Architecture Senior High), one of the more prestigious and unique high schools in the country. Recently, the Miami Herald reported on a project his students were working on to help benefit the homeless while collaborating with Carrfour Supportive Housing. The article, written by Michael Sharp, is below:
Eric Hankin, teacher at Design Architecture Senior High, a magnet school in Miami’s Design District, created a project for his students that would give them hands-on experience, as well as benefit the homeless.
“I like the idea of exposing students to real-life projects,” said Hankin, who has been teaching at DASH for 11 years. “This project will help teach them about the community and value of work.”
Hankin and 20 of his architecture/design students teamed up with Carrfour Supportive Housing, a non-profit organization that develops, operates and manages innovative housing communities for individuals and families in need, and they are designing a living unit for a formerly homeless person.
On Thursday, students at DASH presented their drawings and models of homeless housing units to a panel of professional architects who critiqued the students’ projects and will later determine how to use ideas from the work to incorporate into future affordable housing projects.
Sandra Newson, vice president of Carrfour Supportive Housing, talked about the display by the students.
“I was impressed mostly by the focus on making the space functional,” Newson said. “You can see it in their design. It was all about the use of space and making sure there was a place for everything.”
A panel of architects gave the students feedback after their displays.
Javier Font, who graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 and opened his own firm in 1991, was one of the architects on the panel and gave his input.
“It was really refreshing to see how realistic the designs are and how they applied it with what we need to do,” Font said. “A lot of times, designs are so theoretical and don’t relate to what’s going on in the real world, but these were very realistic.”
For two hours, students took turns explaining their work, taking questions and receiving feedback from the panel.
One of the students, Kayla Montes de Oca, 16, said her main focus was to design a space that would be comfortable.
“I looked at my room and wondered how I can design something that would be as spacious,” said Kayla, who is a junior at DASH and hopes to be an environmental architect. “You see how they live and you want to find a solution for them.”
Another junior, De’Naric Mikle, 16, focused on keeping his design simple.
“I tried to create something that was cool for a formerly homeless person,” said De’Naric, who plans on working in landscape architecture. “As a homeless person, you’re living on the streets and don’t need a mansion to feel at home. I tried creating something simple and fun.”
At the end of the presentation, teacher gave the last bit of feedback and thanked members of the panel and Carrfour Supportive Housing for making this project possible.
“I’m extraordinarily proud of the work that they’re doing,” Hankin said. “You can see how supportive they are of one another, and they are learning from each other.”
The University of Miami, in partnership with AIA Miami, presents a discussion on residential co-ownership that has emerged over the last two decades in Germany. Developed by groups of individuals for a variety of motivations including affordability, higher ecological performance and meaningful social interaction, these architecturally distinguished multi-family buildings offer an alternative take on urban living. The evening focuses on the explanation of the development and design process by two experts from Berlin, and a discussion regarding opportunities for South Florida. Could this new type of co-housing become an alternative to a market dominated by the condo-tower and the single-family house?
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
111 S.W. 5th Avenue, Little Havana
This video was taken during DWNTWN Art Days between current Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Director Tom Collins, and former director Terry Riley. The video talks about the history of the new museum’s development and it’s social presence in the urban context.
The PAMM opens to the general public on December 4th, and is free to the public between December 4th through the 8th.
(The photos above are courtesy of Peter Hernandez)
The MSC Divina arrived this morning in Downtown at PortMiami. A very impressive addition to the cruise ships already calling PortMiami home, the Divina may have had its thunder stolen by the curious amphibious vehicles shown in the photos above. Apparently Fiat got into the actions by converting their pint sized cars to ride on the water. Perhaps jetskis housed in a car’s body? Some other kind of trickery? Either way, its a strange yet fun sight to watch, that almost serves as a foreshadowing to how
weird, unique Miami gets during Basel season.
Aziz + Cucher: Time of the Empress (septet)
Curated by Tami Katz-Freiman
November 21, 2013 – January 24, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 2013 7pm – 10pm
The Screening Room invites you to its upcoming show, a solo exhibition by the New York based duo Aziz + Cucher. This project is curated by Tami Katz-Freiman and is on view during Art Basel 2013.
Time of the Empress depicts animated drawings of modernist buildings in an infinite loop of construction and disintegration. These architectural renderings appear buoyant, suspended in a cycle of growth and dissolution, like Towers of Babel, simultaneously rising and collapsing. Paradoxically they also possess an inherent tranquility, evoking the patterns of our economy, of nature, and of life itself.
This video installation consists of seven large flat-screen panels that hang from the ceiling. This work was originally part of a larger solo exhibition by the artists called “Some People” which was commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in 2012.
The Screening Room is a new media exhibition and project space located in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Video artist, filmmaker and Miami native Rhonda Mitrani recognized a need in the community for a multi-disciplinary space dedicated to film and video programs, lectures and gatherings.
Sponsored by Continental National Bank
In Partnership with Metro 1 Properties
Please arrive no later than 10:45am
Tickets are $25 each
Click HERE for tickets
100 Northeast 11th Street
Miami, FL 33132
BFI invites you to its periodical WEIRD MIAMI bus tour, on Sunday, November 10th from 11 AM to 2 PM. This WEIRD MIAMI installment will visit exemplary (but often overlooked) Miami urban neighborhoods, led by urbanists Jason Chandler and Andrew Frey.
The tour complements URBAN_VARIANTS, an exhibit at BFI of new designs for Miami urban buildings, which runs from November 1st to November 24th. The exhibit includes new prototype sketches, drawings, renderings, and models, as well as studies of existing prototypes in Miami and Savannah. The exhibit is the result of a studio course at FIU Architecture led by professor Jason Chandler in collaboration with Townhouse Center, a not-for profit that promotes urban neighborhood development, and sponsored by the Knight Foundation.
This past semester, students visited and documented existing small buildings in downtown Miami and Savannah, Georgia. During the visits, students experienced how small-scale infill buildings create resilient urban environments. The Savannah visit took students far out of the studio, to places and buildings most had never seen before. Then each student designed a new, small, adaptable prototype for Miami, resulting in over 100 designs, which have been curated for the BFI exhibit
The course, exhibit, and bus tour are all part of a larger collaboration to raise awareness of the fact that Miami has built to the sky and horizon — towers and subdivisions — but lacks neighborhoods of a middle scale. In other cities such urban neighborhoods are often the most vibrant, like Boston’s North End or New York’s West Village. To help Miami start developing these neighborhoods, FIU Architecture offered a studio course about the urban neighborhood fundamental building block: small, adaptable buildings.
A long standing tradition at Florida International University has been Walk on Water, where students build inflatable devices to traverse the man made lake on campus. Always a site to behold, come down to FIU this Thursday, November 7th to witness absolutely amazing and sometimes hilarious results.
DawnTown’s Founder and Board Chair Andrew Frey has recently collaborated with Florida International School of Architecture and the Knight Foundation to study infill housing. This information comes from his organization, Townhouse Center:
Jason Chandler, a licensed architect and an associate professor at Florida International University, writes about a joint studio course with the not-for-profit Townhouse Center that is supported by Knight Foundation.
Miami has built to the sky and horizon with towers and subdivisions but lacks neighborhoods of a middle scale. In other cities—like Boston’s North End or New York’s West Village—those places are often the most vibrant. To help Miami start developing such neighborhoods, Knight Foundation funded an architecture studio course at the Florida International University School of Architecture about the neighborhood building block: small, adaptable buildings.
This spring semester, students visited and documented small urban buildings in downtown Miami and Savannah, Ga. Then each student designed a new, small, adaptable prototype for Miami. The effort produced more than 100 designs, which have been curated into a book, “Infill Housing.”
The course and book were produced in collaboration with Townhouse Center, a not-for-profit that promotes urban neighborhood development.
“‘Infill Housing’ is an easy-to-follow roadmap of how Miami can draw from the past to develop the small, adaptable buildings that add up to great middle-scale neighborhoods,” said Andrew Frey, Townhouse Center’s executive director.
During the visits to downtown Miami and Savannah, students experienced how small-scale infill buildings create resilient urban environments. The Savannah visit took students far out of the studio, to places and buildings that they had never seen before. Immersing students in cities so that they can experience buildings in person is critical to architecture education. It teaches students to “see” architecture and to appreciate its scale, materials, use and context.
“Infill Housing” was published after two months of culling, editing and formatting. It begins with student drawings of their inspiration—the small urban buildings in Miami and Savannah—and continues with their new designs, interspersed with photos of the students at work in Miami and Savannah. It provides a clear vision of what the students produced and experienced and is available in paperback or as a free e-book.
Chandler and Frey will present the book at a LAB Miami book talk on Oct 10 at 7 p.m. The students’ work will be exhibited at BFI in Miami from Nov. 1-17. Chandler and Frey will lead one of BFI’s Weird Miami bus tours on Nov. 10, taking riders through exemplary—but sometimes overlooked—Miami urban neighborhoods.
The Curbed Network, a series of sites focusing on real estate, neighborhood news and design, launched an open call to find “a group of some of the most talented young architects, interior designers, and developers—and in some cases, folks who wear a couple of those hats—in the country.” Rules were simple: contestants had to be 35 and under, employed, and show promise in their field.
DawnTown is happy to see that one of our previous winners has made the cut and entered into the inaugural Young Guns class of 2013: Architectural designer at Gensler, Eric Tan. Eric was part of the design team, PinkCloud DK, that took second place in the 2011 Floating Stage Competition with their idea called “Inflatable”. Their concept was well received and quickly picked up on eVolo, ArchDaily and InHabitat. According to Gensler’s website his bio can be read below. Congratulations once again Eric!
Eric Tan studied architecture at Columbia University and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in New York. He has worked for SOM+CASE, Terreform1, Henning Larsen Architects, and Gensler. At Gensler, Eric is leading the development of a borough-wide urban renewal project in Manhattan, redeveloping neglected spaces into sustainable energy generating components incorporated into the city infrastructure. As a designer, Eric is committed to developing innovative, socially responsible, and sustainable design solutions for a rapidly growing world with diminishing resources.
MONAD Studio was founded by principals Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg in 2002. Their firm is a design research practice with focus on spatial perception related to rhythmic affect, with explorations ranging from the scale of urban plans to buildings, and from landscape to installations and product design. Their firm has won many accomplishments, most notably being nominated as a finalist for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Prize back in 2008. MONAD has lectured at several institutions such as Columbia University, IAAC in Spain, The University of Miami, and Clemson University. Their work is cutting edge and at the forefront of digital fabrication and technology. Locally, Eric Goldemberg serves as a faculty member at the Florida International School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor. He has also served as a juror for our Seaplane Terminal competition, and wrote an article on the competition later published in 2011 Competitions Annual. MONAD Studio was also a finalist for the DawnTown Design / Build Competition last year.
Recently, their work was published online on SuckerpunchDaily. Rhythmicity is a wall installation developed for Art Center South Florida, as part of the exhibition “Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior” in Miami.
The project embodies rhythmical patterns of growth found in temporal processes of species native to Florida, such as the behavior of strangler fig trees—these operate by growing aerial roots that attach to the host tree in multiple bundles, exerting pressure and depleting the host over time.
Construction continues on the Miami Center for Architecture & Design in Downtown Miami. Check out these photos. (All images are courtesy of DawnTown)
Opa-Locka. Opa-Locka? Where is it? It’s a small neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Miami that doesn’t get the best reputation in the world. However, the area is rich in architectural history. If you ask Miami Dade College professor, Jose Vasquez, he’ll prove it to you. “Opa-Locka: Mirage City” is the title of his exhibit at HistoryMiami. The exhibit contains drawings, photographs and architecture models that celebrate the Moorish Revival style found in the area. Below is an excerpt from the WLRN article by Marva Hinton that gives more insight about the exhibit.
In the mid 1920s, famed aviator Glenn Curtiss joined forces with architect Bernhardt Muller to develop what they imagined a Muslim city would look like based on theArabian Tales. That city became Opa-locka. Curtiss was also influenced by the 1924 silent film The Thief of Baghdad. The buildings he and Muller designed featured minarets, huge domes and brightly-colored arches that can make the city feel more like the Middle East than South Florida.”…. To read the full article click here.
The exhibit runs until September 8th at HistoryMiami and is $8 for adults, $7 for students.
Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County
Useless 1 – ahem – U.S. 1 will be easier to cross now that Miami-Dade County Commissioners have approved this new pedestrian walkway. Although this news is great for the university students, it comes a little too late for all the students who have been seriously injured or killed attempting to cross this stretch. A total of eight students have been killed, with five seriously injured since 1989. You can read the full article from CBS Local News here.
Photo from Team B.ADD WINGS Facebook page
The Red Bull Flugtag: A wild and demented 21st century take on the Wright Brothers experiment. For those of you who don’t know, the Flugtag challenges ordinary people to build an aircraft, powered only by a four man team and having just one pilot. These flying machines range come complete with themes that are satirical, hilarious and sometimes just downright insane. Look closely, and you’ll see that these aviation masterpieces are being held together by nothing more than duct tape and some prayers. Here in Miami, the participants line up at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami where they push their contraptions up a ramp and onto a giant platform which serves as runway (we have videos of past participants on our facebook page). Each team performs a dance number before they take the plunge into Biscayne Bay, although a select few do manage to fly several feet out into the water before ending up in the drink.
The relevance of this story with architecture is that a group of designers from a local firm have assembled one of the strangest yet imaginative competition entries yet: Team B.ADD WINGS. The team of 5 all work at the firm ADD Inc. which has produced some great projects over the years in Miami, especially on the beach. The team has been inspired by one of the most motivational athletes to call Miami home: Chris Andersen…aka….The Birdman. The design of their flying machine comes from Andersen’s gigantic wingspan and aerodynamic hairstyle. If a basketball player’s image could be ever immortalized as a plane, Team B.ADD WINGS has achieved this feat. But the B.ADD WINGS needs your help in order to see their idea materialized. Personally, it would be great to see how a group of architects would fare in this competition especially on this one of a kind design. Below is the main image of their design concept, enjoy! Please visit their facebook page, and support them: TEAM B.ADD WINGS. You can also find their official Red Bull Flugtag page by clicking here: Red Bull B.ADD WINGS
Miami Heat parade route courtesy of Miami Dade County. Please be aware that there will be heavy traffic delays starting at 9am and continuing through 2:30pm. Also be aware that backpacks and book bags will not be allowed anywhere around downtown. For more information please click here.