Groundbreaking for 250 Wynwood


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MCAD hosts Celebration for Rodolphe El-Khoury

Let's Celebrate

*RSVP with AIA Miami

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All Buildings Great & Small – Exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum

All Buildings Great & Small
All Buildings Great & Small is an exhibit of new building designs for a better city. Exhibited works include drawings and models of new building prototypes for Coral Gables and Wynwood, and of the existing buildings that inspired them. In contrast to the prevailing landscape of large towers and suburban subdivisions, these works examine how to update the small and adaptable building types that made up Miami-Dade County’s early urban areas.

The works are selected from seven semester-long courses taught earlier this year at FIU’s Department of Architecture to more than 100 students, under the direction of department chair Jason Chandler in collaboration with Townhouse Center and supported by Knight Foundation. Each student documented an existing building in Coral Gables or Wynwood, and designed a small, adaptable prototype.

The course and exhibit are part of a broader initiative in Miami-Dade County and nationwide to promote fine-grain urbanism, a pattern of development that produces neighborhoods that are more vibrant and equitable. Groups such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab, the Urban Land Institute’s Small Scale Developers Forum, and Project for Lean Urbanism suggest that a great building is one that is small.

Public Opening Reception
Friday, September 5, 6pm-9pm
Presented in conjunction with the First Friday Coral Gables Gallery Walk.
Free admission.
For more information please visit the Coral Gables Museum.
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Wynwood Gateway Park Competition Finalists Announced!


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 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.

About DawnTown:

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:

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.


Media Contact:

Lauren Marks – – 305-764-3370 x 201


Download the Press Release here:

WGPCompetition_Finalist Press Release_FINAL_6.23.14

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Meet WE-DESIGNS, DawnTown Design/Build 2 Finalist


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:

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…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.


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The last Friday of the month in Miami is a notable date for cyclists, as it marks the monthly Critical Mass bike ride around the city. To coincide with this news, DawnTown is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The Miami DDA Master plan calls for the promotion of regional connectivity and creative mobility solutions. This inspired us to develop a program based upon the alternative strategies people can take to moving around their downtown without having to rely on a single automobile. Using examples such as bicycle storage and sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing, we asked designers to create a nexus of where these strategies could meet and call home. This central hub would be located in a dense part of downtown’s Central Business District and would not replace the existing options we have; On the contrary, the proposal would bolster Miami’s transportation network.

In first place is Studio GeKo,Bastian Gerner, Pola Rebecca Koch, of Arhus, Denmark with their proposal entitled The Catalyst. Their competition excerpt reads “The location of the site in the most dense area of the existing Miami Transportation Network holds the huge potential of creating alternative transportation hub with this being a catalyst for healthier, safer and more sustainable public life. The architecture of the new hub satisfies the functional needs while providing the users with a rich mobility linked program and high quality urban spaces.”




Second place goes to a student team from Kent State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff Jasinski and Matt Dureiko. Naming their project after their team name, Mobile Miami, they write, “Mobile Miami stresses the importance of intermodal transportation as a growing urban trend in the city. The concept projects real-time digital information to communicate the availability of all modes of on-site transportation. This allows for absolute freedom of choice on how to better connect with Miami.”




Finally, third place belongs to New York City based designer, Michael Barker and his entry MoPAD. In his text, Barker gives the following description “The traditional transit center is one of hard infrastructure, designed simply to negotiate the flows of people and goods. The future transit hub will be multi-modal, flexible, and networked. In Miami, this hub will also be open to the vibrant and diverse street life of the city. MoPAD is about more than just movement, it is about culture and festivity. MoPAD is a prototype, a “kit-of-parts” that can be utilized throughout the city to promote networked, community-based, and healthy modes of transportation.”

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We would like to thank all designers that took part in this competition. We would also like to thank our jury for donating their time in selecting the winners: Felipe Azenha, Founder of Miami Urbanist & Editor at Transit Miami; Jeremy Calleros Gauger, Senior Associate at Arquitectonica GEO, David Rifkind, Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida International University; Adam Schachner, Executive Director of Emerge Miami; Alex Silva, Vice President of the AIA Miami Chapter and Principal at Silva Architects, Andrew Silva, Architect at Silva Architects, and Rachel Valbrun, Project Manager at Gardiner Theobald and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Miami. We would also like to thank our outreach sponsors, Miami Urbanist, Transit Miami, Emerge Miami, Archinect and ArchDaily, and extend a very special thank you to our sponsors, The Miami Downtown Development Authority for sponsoring another great ideas competition.

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Final Jury announced for Wynwood Gateway Park Competition

Jury for WGP Competition

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.



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Nick Gelpi – Creative Mornings & DawnTown Design/Build Finalist

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:

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A New Dean in Miami

Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury

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

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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?

The competition is a two phase process.  The first phase, which we are currently in, is a call for portfolio phase.  Interested parties will submit a portfolio, formatted to the specifications found in the competition brief. The competition brief can be downloaded at  Once we receive the portfolio, you will be given a registration code that we will use to identify your team, as the jury will be done through a “blind” voting.  Once finalists are selected, they will be asked to come up with proposals for the Park.   Please consult with the competition brief on how to register

What is the project site location? Is there an address for the site?

169-179 NW 28 ST/Miami, FL 33137. Use this address to locate the site online on Google Maps for instance.

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.

Wynwood Gateway I is completed already. Wynwood Gateway II will be renovated at the same time the park will be constructed. This is a 2k sf adaptive reuse micro retail building facing the park. The park will be part of this complex. There is a restaurant that just opened to the east. What is the timeline for construction for the Wynwood gateway park? We hope to finish by the end of 2014 but latest Q1 2015.

Is there a budget for the proposed Wynwood gateway park? What will be the proposed budget range for improvements?

Yes, there is a min budget, but more than likely it will exceed that. The budget for improving the area will not exceed $500,000.00.

Is the park an interim space or is the park to be a permanent installation?

Currently it has been committed for a minimum of 5 years with the intent of being a more 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?

We need the floor plan for the Ducati building showing inside room uses and which doors are for public and service so we may provide a hierarchy of access appropriately.  Please see the image located below regarding the site plan.

Need a survey or base plan with defined project boundaries, spot elevations.

Metro 1 will provide this information to the finalists.

Can you have access to the park from 28th street?

Yes from both 29th and 28th Streets.

Are the (70×100) adjacent lots beyond the parking then?

Yes, they are beyond the parking.

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?

Yes, the commercial structure must remain.

Is the parking lot part of the site? And if it is, can it be discarded or eliminated?

Yes, and it cannot be discarded ore eliminated but it can be modified to include pavers and different landscaping.

What will be the off hours for the park? What kind of gate needs to surround the area?

It will probably be open from 8 or 9am until 6pm unless there is a special event.

 Will the winner be guaranteed a contract to build the design beyond the competition?

If they are a qualified landscape architect or architect yes. If they are not, their proposal will still get built by local qualified construction company or other building company. For example, if an artist with no building experience were to win the competition, the idea will still be built with the assistance of local builders and contractors.

 We need to know the population density of Wynwood district.

This information can be found online looking at census data. Wikipedia also does a good job at providing this information and links to resources that can accurately answer this question.

If the site include any historic or significant structure, can we remove it?

There are no historic or significant structures on site. It is just vacant land.

 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)? 

Yes, that is fine, but please make reference to that within the portfolio.  Do not take credit for others work. You should clearly identify what your role was in the project.

 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?

Not necessarily. Our suggestion would be to make it a mix of projects, some relating to projects that are similar in scale, like a park or plaza, and others that show off creativity at any scale (buildings, installations, etc..).   .

How many members can be included in one group?

As many you’d like, however, any prizes given are given to the team and not per each individual.

Would graduate or undergraduate students be eligible to compete in this competition? 


Is there any need to include any cover page in the portfolio?

No cover page is needed.

Can we use Google SketchUP for 3D model of the park? 

Yes. Please remember that we are not taking proposals for the first phase of the competition, only portfolios.  Finalists will be selected and then be given the opportunity to submit their ideas.

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?

Please see the image located below.

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?

Yes, that’s fine. Do not put the logo anywhere else, as identifying marks are strictly prohibited from anywhere else on the portfolio.

Is there a minimum/maximum number of projects? one projects  per each page?

No there isn’t. You can put more than one project per 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? 

Designers should plan to have a gate at least 6′ high.  Yes, it can still be public after hours. After hours means sundown.  However the park will have uses at night. This is a design related question that will take more effect in the second phase of the competition rather than in this first phase, which is a call for portfolios.

The competition brief states: “No parking to be included in the site”. Does this means that the existing parking at site can be removed?  

Existing parking will remain. No new parking will be placed in the park.

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. 

That area is outside the scope of this project.

Is there any registration needed before date submission of materials via email? 

The registration IS the submission of materials.  Your portfolio is the material you will first have to submit. We are not looking to receive proposals in the first round, but rather, portfolios in order to select a shortlist/finalist of people who will compete for the project.

Are there any height restrictions for shading canopies? 

Height restrictions will be limited by whatever the building code for the area dictates.

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?

This is a question that is better for the second phase of the competition. If chosen as a finalist you can propose the idea of turning the park into a sculpture park, for example, but the competition is all about the redesign and development of this new urban space.

To confirm, registration prior to submittal of portfolio is not required? The portfolio submittal serves as this?

Yes, The portfolio serves as submittal. Once you send us your portfolio, formatted to the specifications found in the competition brief, you will receive a registration number.  Should you be selected as a finalist, this is the registration number you’ll use.

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?

No, you don’t have to enter with a build/contractor company. You can if you’d like, but it is not needed.  Metro 1, the sponsor for the event, will be working with the finalist to get the project built.  Further details will be given to the finalists.

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?

Correct.  No design concept is to be submitted in round 1.  Only finalists will be submitting design concepts, and of course, they will be getting more base drawing information.

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.

No, an engineer does not have to be included in the team profile, one can be picked up later. Please note that any prize awarded to the winning team will be given to that team alone. Should the team decide to add on team members after the win, then it is the decision of that team to decide how they distribute the prize.

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?

Finalists will be given a material submission date once selected.  Dates have not been determined or set in stone yet. However, the second phase will begin sometime in July. Deliverables have also not been decided yet, but they will be similar to the deliverables of past design/build competitions: presentation boards, budget estimate, video, etc… Finalists will receive somewhere 7 – 8 weeks to come up with designs.

When is the last date to submit portfolios? 

The last day to submit Portfolios is June 10th.

Just to confirm, does the materials deadline refer to the actual design proposal or portfolio submission/registration?

Materials deadline which is June 10th, is for the portfolios. No design proposals are to be turned in at that time. Please read through the competition brief and these questions/answers where we talk about the competition being a two phase process.

 How many finalist teams will be selected during the first round (Call for portfolios) to move on to the second phase?

That depends on the overall total amount of entries we receive and the quality of entries. It isn’t a set number but rather, a percentage based on the amount of entries and the quality of the entries.

 Are the designs submitted going to be part of a public display for selection? 

No, the selection will occur by jury. However, we have not decided if all the entries will be put on display regardless of 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.

Yes, that would be excellent! However, this question is more for phase 2 of the competition.

Is there any problem to be members of the team from the same specialization ?

No. That is fine.



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2 Weeks Remain for Alternative Mobilities!

Alternative Mobilities

May is Bike Month according to the League of American Bicyclists.  Coincidentally, it’s also the deadline for DawnTown’s 6th Ideas Competition – ALTERNATIVE MOBILITIES! There’s still time to register at our Eventbrite page, and you can get your hands on the brief simply download here.  Only 2 weeks remain, and we’re excited to see the designs and concepts you have to offer!  Good luck!





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Design with Company Winning Entry – Video

Starting with the winner, we will be displaying the submitted video entries from our second Design/Build Competition.  Enjoy!


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Pavilion MMM 1


Pavilion MMM 2

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:

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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



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Metro 1 + DawnTown Present New Ideas / Design / Build Competition! Call for Portfolios

Imagine Design Build Flyer

WGPC Brief – Click Here to Download

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.



Important Dates

Registration Opens               April 22 2014

Questions Deadline              May 15 2014

Questions Answered           May 18 2014

Materials and                         June 10 2014
Registration Deadline

Finalists Announced            June 23 2014

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Cool Spaces Episode Screening at MCAD


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Donald Shoup to Lecture in Miami


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Temporary Installation on Calle Ocho this Friday

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The last Friday of each month in Miami means its Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) on 8th Street/Calle Ocho in Little Havana.  It’s a time when visitors flock to the area to explore the unique art galleries, restaurants and business that make up the historic street in one of the most well known enclaves in the city.
This particular Friday marks the opening of a temporary installation by local Miami architecture firm NC-Office.    If the name sounds familiar its probably because of their award winning, and extensive work done throughout Miami and abroad.  They’ve also participated in several DawnTown competitions, winning honorable mention in the 2010 Seaplane Terminal competition and were a finalist in the initial Design/Build Competition.
The installation is a memorial for the Cuban balseros lost at sea.  The dictatorship in Cuba uprooted many people, forcing them to leave their homes for a life of exile.  Some were fortunate enough that they were able to be claimed by family or received asylum in other countries.  However, there have been many who didn’t have these options and instead took to the high seas hoping for a chance at freedom. Using makeshift “boats” sometimes made from rubber tires, Styrofoam, or even cars, the “balseros” (balsa meaning raft) braved the rough waters between Miami and Cuba hoping for a better life.  Not all that take the journey are fortunate, with countless of refugees losing their lives.  Please join NC-Office this Friday in remembering those who risked everything for a chance at freedom.

All images below are courtesy of NC-Office

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COMPETITION UPDATE: Questions Answered

Below are the questions and answers  for the Alternative Mobilities Design Competition – This same information can also be found on our competition section.

The program says “bus stop”.  We have existing bus stops on NE 1st Ave. Or we must find information about new bus/trolley lines in future, to find right place for bus stop?

For clarification, the program is asking you to create a better bus stop for the building and/or to integrate it better than the current design.  Make something better than just a pole with a sign above it.  Put in as much care in that part of the design as you will for the entire project.

 All dimensions in drawings, documentation should be measured in inches, feet, mile, and they cannot be replaced by international metric system?

You can take the measurements provided and using a website like Google, transfer them to the metric system.

Can we use different solutions for indoor bicycle storages (for example, 2 level, etc.) in mass storage area for 300 bikes?   But, outdoor we put only small bike holders?

Yes, the building can be higher than 1 floor if you’d like.  The bike racks/corals found outside are for a small (i.e. few) quantity of bicycles, not for small bicycles.  They will not count against the 300 spaces needed for storage.

300 bicycles but only 14 smart cars?

Think of 14 as a minimum requirement.  You can have more spaces for more smart cars if you’d like. 

Re the rule that “Designs must be of original creation, and cannot be reused projects,” this does not exclude that this project also be used as a class assignment? As long as the design was created with this competition in mind, we can also turn in the project as part of a class assignment?

If you’ve already designed this building as student work, or professional work, we’d ask you to come up with something that is specific for the site and the city.  If this project is being done as part of a (let’s say) studio course at a college/university with the competition in mind and to be turned in for the competition, then yes, your project can count as double.

Can we choose a different site? Still within downtown Miami, but another, and larger, site.

No. The site was chosen due to its proximity to existing public transportation and its urban setting.  Having designers choose their own sites, although interesting, would put the jury at a disadvantage having to analyze both the site selected and the design used to answer the problem as it relates to the site.

We just noticed that the dimension 290’x65′ does not match the Google Earth pic.

If you are referring to the site given in the form of a line drawing, please make sure you are at the right scale.  In order to use the most approximate dimensions, you can double check by measuring the site off Google Earth.  25°46’35.82″N  80°11’24.58″W is the location of the site; that navigation point is in the middle.  You can use google earth to measure it as accurately as possible.


How many team members can join? How come I can’t enter all their information?

You can have as many team members as you wish. 2, 4, 10…etc.  However, if you do have a team with multiple team members, the person who registers the team should be responsible for everyone.  They will be the ones that DawnTown will notify with any information.  Please also note that if your team wins and (let’s say) you have 5 members, you will be splitting the prize amongst your teammates.  DawnTown will distribute the funds to the registering team member and it is their responsibility to divide the winnings.

Hello, I am interested in submitting a project to this competition. However, I was wondering if I would have to be an American citizen or permanent resident to apply? Thanks.

This is an international competition, all are welcome to register.  Please visit to register for the competition and to download the brief.

What about ride-sharing? Does that count as an “alternative mobility”?

Of course!  Currently we have it listed as one of the extra credit items on our program list, although we didn’t call it by name.  Please feel free to incorporate it if you wish.

Can the building be just about supplying skateboards for the populous of Miami?  Every person could own a skateboard and skate around Miami to get to different places.

Well…if you read the brief, you’ll see that there’s a lot more involved than just one form of mobility.  You can incorporate another type of mobility (skateboards) but not at the sacrifice of the rest of the competition program.

I’m participating from another country that doesn’t use dollars, can I still enter?

The PayPal system will automatically adjust currencies when you register through Eventbrite.

Are we allowed to explore other types of transportation than the ones listed in the brief? Are we able to create our own prototypes to be used in the center?

Creating your own prototype could be interesting, but remember you are being judged by how you can resolve the question found in the competition brief.  As stated before, we encourage you to be creative but not at the sacrifice of the competition program.

What do you mean by extra credit in the competition brief?

We hope that you get a chance to take on these issues, but if you don’t, they will not be held against you.  A design team could still win without addressing either one of the extra credits.

Ok, I downloaded the competition brief, now how do I get my number? Can I just make one up?

Please read the competition brief.  The page marked “7” has that answer.  You need to register on the competition registration page hosted on Eventbrite.

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Not just the sport of kings, Miami Bike Polo is for all

The crew from Miami Bike Polo meets Fridays and Sundays at Riverside Park for matches. After watching this video, we thought, wouldn’t it be great to include some sort of public space in the new Alternative Mobilities competition that gave these cyclists a place to play?

We’ll let you, the designer, tackle that problem if you’d like.

For more information on the organization visit them at

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Beckham’s MLS Stadium Proposals

If you watched NBC 6 this morning you would have caught a glimpse of the proposals for the new soccer stadium David Beckham wants at PortMiami.  Check out the renderings below:

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