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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.
Acclaimed Los Angeles architect (and former DawnTown Juror) Larry Scarpa is joining the likes of Herzog & DeMeuron, Arquitectonica and Zaha Hadid with his own parking garage on the Beach. Below are some images that have just been posted to his facebook page. Brooks + Scarpa has done some great architectural work and are a definite welcome addition to the Miami architecture scene. Click on these links to follow them: Brooks + Scarpa on facebook
Architect, urban designer, town planner, co-founder of the New Urbanism movement, educator, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk holds many distinct titles but there is one that she will be shedding from her impressive resume. Come July 1st, Plater-Zyberk will be stepping down from the role of Dean at the University of Miami School of Architecture ending an almost a 20 year run in that position. She will remain a full time faculty member at the school. For complete details on the matter, please read the Miami Herald’s article by Andres Viglucci below:
“Les Beilinson grew up in Miami Beach during its post-World War II glory years.
Later, as an architect, he became a leader of the movement to preserve the city’s Art Deco heritage as an original member of the Historic Preservation Board, and a hands-on savior of threatened structures.
Born Nov. 7, 1946, Les Dennis Beilinson died Friday at Mount Sinai Medical Center of abdominal surgery complications, according to son-in-law Peter Johnson. Beilinson, a Miami Beach Senior High School and University of Miami graduate, and veteran of the U.S. Reserves, was 66.
He lived all his life in his hometown.”
Above is just a small sample of some of the entries we’ve uploaded to our Flickr site. Click here for more: DawnTown 2013. We hope to have all the entries up soon.
It was a tough jury, with some great projects, but we have finally made our picks for the Landmark Miami design competition. We will be announcing the winners on Wednesday, May 8th, which will include images of their competition boards. Above is an image from that jury process. Stay tuned to find out more!
We were fortunate enough to take some photos from today’s break-out at Watson Island. Harriett, the tunnel boring machine’s nickname, has finally completed her journey in creating the twin chambers that will link traffic between PortMiami and the McArthur Causeway.