The Underline began its series of public meetings this week, first starting at the University of Miami School of Architecture, followed by one at the Miami Dade County Public Library’s main Downtown branch. Tomorrow, they’ll be having their last meeting at Villa Vizcaya.
Organizers and volunteers from The Underline organization, as well as James Corner Field Operations, led the public through a quick presentation describing how these types of projects are important to our city centers and can help create dynamic public spaces. The purpose of these meetings are not to show off a design proposal, but rather, collect data from the local community to gauge their interest and wants.
The presentation ended quickly to allow attendees to interact with the organizers and the different idea stations they had set up. Visitors were encouraged to write their vision for the project, draw on maps that showed the scope of the 10 mile area, and vote on pre-selected ideas that the team came up with. (ex: art/culture, more restaurants, bike paths, picnic areas, etc..).
Below are a few images from tonight’s event. Hope you can make it out to tomorrow’s and engage with the organizers.