The Architectural Association School of Architecture, simply known as the AA, has an exhibition entering it’s final week at the Miami Beach location of FIU’s School of Architecture. The AA is a highly regarded school in London, attracting many international students, as well as high profile architects. It’s alumni include the likes of Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw and current Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Moshen Mostafavi.
The exhibit deals with the Miami neighborhood, Little Havana and the use of public space. The ethnic enclave gained its name after the influx of Cubans arrived in the 1960’s, settling in the area. Although the populations of Cubans has decreased since then, Little Havana remains home to a high concentration of Hispanics/Latinos, with diverse influences from Honduras, Colombia, and Nicaragua just to name a few. Little Havana’s boundaries hold a hodge-podge of architectural styles; On 8th Street/Calle Ocho, one can find Tower Theater, a 1930’s Art Deco style movie house, only to be contrasted a few streets north with the recently completed, state of the art Miami Marlins Stadium.
Come visit FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studio’s at the end of Lincoln Road(exact address is on the flyer) to check out this exhibit.