Proposal was a collaborative effort with Curtis + Rogers design Studio and TJ Marston. Submission for Our Miami Public Space Challenge Competition:
The Brickell Metro Rail station is on the cusp of becoming the most prominent transit stop in Miami. Brickell, A true urban environment in Miami, encompasses the Business financial district, a burgeoning residential market and a number of commercial and entertainment corridors attractive to emerging young professionals and foreign investors alike. Stretching from SW 15th Road to the Miami River this corridor has the potential to extend Brickell west with properly designed interventions. The catalytic opportunities lies in the ability for this corridor to not only engage Brickell’s existing and emerging population, but to increase general ridership on Metro Rail and Metro Mover. Existing businesses facing the corridor along with the incoming massive Citie Center Mega-Development complex will benefit greatly by attracting more foot traffic. The idea behind improving this important Metro transfer station is to create sensible public spaces along an underappreciated pedestrian corridor.
Centrally located in the greater Brickell area this transit transfer station can act as a catalyst for much needed social programming with newly designed foot paths and spaces for improved pedestrian mobility, public events, and recreational activity full of sensory stimuli. The design through Oolite Walk will provide environmental interpretation of the oolitic limestone ridge and the integration of natural elements with modern urban materials and uses. Butterfly Gardens and public seating will complement the exposed oolite limestone stone ridge along the 13th street entrance engaging people to pause and reflect. Carved steps into the oolite limestone ridge will direct pedestrian movement, while allowing for additional area to pause and rest. The Transfer Station will now open toward a generous plaza and into Southside Park. Outdoor staging by Beethoven’s Plaza can attract live performances. Other areas along the Promenade can be designated for chess and domino activity as well as commissioned public art exhibits, a News Stand kiosk, etc. But, most importantly people can begin to enjoy the experience of using public transportation.
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The aim of this project is to challenge the question of a temporal PLAYscape acting as a catalyst for urban growth. Our site is located in the newly developed district, Midtown, a mixed use development built on the historic FEC rail yard surrounded by an established low density residential neighborhood and light industrial district. Art Basel is one of the largest events in Miami drawing thousands to Miami Beach and Midtown each year. The site is the host of numerous Art exhibitions during this time drawing thousands of people and money to the area. During the event the tents are placed on permanent poured concrete slabs. However, during the remaining 11 months of the year, the slabs lie vacant and fenced. No trespassing. Our idea to improve the area is to activate (trespass) the site during the remaining 11 months of the year with temporary recreational and programmed events. This can be achieved with simple interventions such as paint, lighting, movable equipment and furniture. The planting could be donated by the property owner as a nursery for future use in the development of the site.
The people of Midtown and the surrounding communities of Wynwood and Edgewater lack recreational space. With access to this large vacant site and minimal improvements, the site could serve as a recreation hub for the area and catalyst for urban growth. The temporary PLAYscape will house a skate park, hard-court soccer fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, batting cages, mini golf, along with plaza and outdoor market space.
Collaboration with: Tiffany J. Marston
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Brickell Park is part of an advocacy effort to save the last bit of open space and turn it into public green space. In collaboration with Brickell Green Space, Walk + Trud have teamed up again to produce the visionary design for this area…
Brickell Park’s conceptual design approach is rooted in recreation, preservation, and urban mobility. The design implements a distinct relationship between the historic significance of Tobacco Road and the Miami River waterfront with its axial pedestrian path. A waterfront plaza with ample rest areas under shade trees sits at the end of this path and is designed to connect to future Riverwalk plans. Three tennis courts and two open fields, which double as flex fields, provide residents of Brickell with much desired public sport facilities and open green space with scenic views of the waterfront. The park design encompasses a ¼ mile running/walking loop that taps into greater Brickell 5k, 10k and longer running loops.
Acknowledging the abound possibilities with the 5th street metro mover station and adjacent context, the park design envelops the base of the station to provide more access and openness to activate pedestrian activity. Pedestrian mobility is welcomed with the decreased number of vehicular lanes and the widened sidewalks that extend seamlessly into the park. Identifiable bike lanes have also been retrofitted into the streetscape design that stretch underneath the bridge toward the SW 7th street intersection. The streetscape with incorporated riverwalk also converge under the bridge and extend toward SW 7th street. This proposed and extended streetscape design provides connections toward the waterfront, m-path, commercial/entertainment district, proposed plaza, green space and a water-taxi station within the neighboring park area.
This conceptual design for a new vision of Brickell will not only provide much needed green space but will also preserve and transform the area into an urban park.
Thus far design and advocacy effort has been published and by below syndications:
Miami Foundation Idea Competition
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Stemming from a design competition, the perFORM[D]ance House became a reality with its selection to participate in the 2011 Solar Decathlon along 19 other institutions. The home was assembled then disassembled, transported to West Potamax Park in Washington D.C. for the competition, then re-assembled in a matter of days for judging on 10 points of sustainability!
As lead Landscape Designer during the design phase, I worked with Landscape Architecture students, Andres Pineda and Alejandro Perez, and collaborated with the Architecture students responsible for the design of the home to produce in collaboration a product that would be self-sustaining and function cohesively within our South Florida climate. As mentioned above, this effort was awarded with an invitation to our National Mall to build our vision and compete with 19 other institutions.
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The aim of this project was to design a park to compliment the iconic presence of the Sagrada Familia (designed by Gaudi) and provide areas for repose to both community and visitors alike. This project takes into account the touristic impression garnished around the park, in the form of tour busses, which currently acts as a buffer between visitors and local commerce. By allowing the park’s topography to submerge the mass volume of tour busses, community commerce and like forms of social engagement can thrive. Additionally, local viewports from adjacent blocks are now amplified.
The park’s program is dissected into three parts; a public plaza, communal lawn and forested corridors. Visitors can now have a proper platform to take in the Passion facades remarkable beauty as the plaza sits at the Sagrada Familia’s plinth height raising them above all forms of traffic. The forested corridors on the west end of the park replace the conventional sidewalk and provide residents with the ability to circumvent the park by directing them through intimate paths aliend to adjacent vantage points. The communal lawn serves as the Hierarchical gesture intended to reciprocate Gaudi’s presence onto the public realm.
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This project’s intent is to provide a basis for understanding the relationships mined quarries have with urban development. Within this past century the South Florida region has been a primal source for valuable limerock, which is utilized for many basic necessities required for urban infrastructure. This project carries the capabilities of reclaiming degraded segments of quarried land while simultaneously educating visitors on the necessities and processes of mining this valuable resource.The area known as the “Lake Belt Region” in South Florida appears as a series of immense pools clearly visible from satellite imagery. This region currently serves as a barrier to one of our world’s most diverse ecosystems, the Everglades, from an encroaching Urban Development Boundary line. With these quarries currently proclaiming themselves a safeguard from further development, the scars left behind from wounds inflicted by our very own demands are revealed. These inherent qualities of a scar are what I intend to expose and reassess with this design. Considering the significance of the site’s existing scars, it possesses no memoir of a healing process. The intensions for this project is to create fresh wounds by carving at the sites existing scars and to provide infrastructure for an environmental populace. These fresh wounds will possess the innate qualities necessary to support the basic demands and functions of a pre-existing environmental condition, which will further assist with the sites therapeutic process of forming new scars.
For over a century this region has been degraded from its natural ecological function. Urban sprawl along with the ever-present migrating populace solidified the mining industry’s significance while neglecting to adhere to the consequences a degraded portion of the everglades can have on natural systems. Today, the Lake Belt consists of numerous mining outfits that have devoid the natural landscape of its rich biodiversity by dramatically altering its physical condition. A landscape which otherwise demands water depths of 1’ to 3’ to allow native habitats to prosper, now encompasses a series of quarried lakes occupying an area that is approximately 56 square miles, with depths ranging up to 80’.
The sites geographical location is Lake #3 at CEMEX FEC Quarry and Miami Cement Plant. The goal at the east bank of Lake #3 is to convey the importance of research and restoration to the public by providing opportunities to learn about the native wildlife and vegetation of the area while conveying the unique qualities of the adjacent mining facility. The designed site includes a residence for a caretaker and two off-the-grid educational facilities. One of these off-the-grid facilities will be an accepted and built submission for the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. Vantage points from two major roads (Florida Turnpike 821 and US 27) located adjacent to the site at its intersection and incoming traffic toward the facility were also important considerations in establishing clear visibility of this restoration effort.
The site’s design adheres to the goals and intensions of the client that not only desired a designed restoration effort, but also required that the site educated all forms of visitors of the relationship their mining operation has with their urban environments. This design accomplishes this by taking you on a mining journey unique in experience and celebrating their processes on the site. A portion of the site is mined further in order to create a similar experience of the adjacent mining operation that includes a filtering procedure which process the limerock according to quality and size. The difference lies in the scale of the sites operation where the intention is to filter people, not rock, while providing for the appropriate environmental condition.
The proper infrastructure needed to support the basic demands and functions of a pre-existing environmental condition is also required and is found within the filtering system. Bridging, up to 60’, will circumvent the visitor through and around the mined-cone-shaped limerock so the visitor can understand the scale of a mining operation while also being carried over the forming scars designed to mimic the Everglade Slough condition throughout the southern to center half of the site. As the infrastructure bleeds into the northern portion of the site the bridging tapers to ground level where the visitor is now surrounded by the naturally propagated and restored portion of the site. To assist with propagating the site, silhouetted cubes designed to mimic skyscrapers and urban domiciles will now provide places of refuge for a wildlife condition. These silhouettes traverse the center portion of the site acting as the stitching between the mined and the natural, while supporting the aforementioned bridging and then extending over and into the lakes depths. Although the lake has profound depths a littoral shelf protruding out from the sites edge will provide the required depth to foster natural vegetative growth and wildlife communities in those areas.
In conclusion this Park will cater to guests by providing a series of activities enabling the visitor to engage the site in an array of ways. Educational facilities can educate on the importance of restoration efforts, kayaks will provide water access and hiking paths transverse the entire site, which together, communicates a narrative of an ecological mining experience.
AWARD WINNER: 2012 FLASLA Award of Merit
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Macias residence is a registered historic landmark. A sensibly designed addition compliments this preserved home as does the designed landscape. The Landscape design encompassed the entire lot to compliment two existing Live Oak trees and one Royal Poinciana all well matured. WalkLAUD was responsible for all softscape elements, limerock patio spaces and walkway Design. The landscape adheres to a native base palette with selected edible fruits and herbs.
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AWARD WINNER: 2012 FLASLA Award of Merit
This project is located within a developing urban district surrounded by an exploding skyline in Panama City, Panama. The site is composed of two street conditions that are perpendicular to one another and transcend its public boundary to reach from building façade to building façade. This district known to locals as Calle Uruguay, is transformative in program and currently possesses a voyeuristic quality at night. This project intends to enhance the existing voyeur DNA while improving the current state of the street to accommodate a more pedestrian friendly environment that will promote around the clock activity and positively impact local commerce.
The strategy is to understand “urban portraiture, which is where the most public of settings and the most private of genres are abruptly conjoined” (Di Palma 2009, 42). The aim is to catalyze private moments within a landscape (public space) that will grasp the attention of a voyeur while promoting issues of user mobility and engagement. This design objective is supported by the exploration of three separate voyeuristic studies that provide examples through strategic explorations targeting how sensory stimuli, projection and art, and light and shadow affect the relationship a spectator has with its subject and landscape.
Calle Uruguay sits along the border of the Bella Vista district abutting the banking district (area Banceria) and Avenida Balboa, two prominent realms contributing to the development of present day Panama City. The Bella Vista district was a predominantly residential area that has some of the more established older estate homes of Panama City, along with low-scale residential apartment buildings that cater to a middle and upper class population. Within the last decade the Bella Vista district has been in a state of flux, especially along its boundary where the site is located, transforming itself to cater to businesses and venues of entertainment that are responding to the omnipresent urban development Panama City is experiencing. An exploding skyline currently provides for a slew of incoming foreigners attracted to the investment opportunities Panama is renown for, while the composition of this skyline is reminiscent of any contemporary metropolis, accommodating, business and tourism demands, condominiums, residences, hotels and shopping centers.
When entered, the user can immediately sense the presence of a unique condition not reminiscent of the surrounding environment. This area is part of a residential community that has transformed itself to serve its burgeoning context. These two perpendicular streets predominately house daytime and nighttime businesses that cater to the demands of a developing real estate market and a mushrooming urban environment. Types of daytime businesses are consistent with professional services offices, furniture stores and restaurants, but at night, the environment changes dramatically. The street metamorphosis is responsive to the nighttime attractions, which entice a young professional to middle-aged Panamanian population, along with the informed visitor. These types of businesses range from an arrangement of nightclubs, lounges, bars, and additional restaurants that provide for all forms of entertainment, including solicited affairs.
The genius loci of the site begins with the existing buildings architecture and their scale. These businesses along these streets have upheld the integrity of this residential community by maintaining the building common mean height of approximately twenty feet. In most cases businesses renovate an existing home or apartment building and retrofit the exterior and interior to accommodate to their individual needs. High-rise buildings located on adjacent blocks within walking distance conversely range from heights of 200ft to 400ft and reflect the growing condominium market, hotels and businesses the site services. Context and Site Analysis diagrams illustrate this contextual disparity in section.
The spurts of the city’s growth, coupled with a lack of investment in the upgrade of the right-of-ways public infrastructure, has left the site’s streets riddled with imperfections to include surface cracks, obstructed sidewalks, poor drainage, and low-hanging, overloaded power lines. In addition to these issues the outer lanes of the three-lane roadway is used for daytime vehicular parking, resulting in a single operative lane. Similarly, the valet and nightclub parking needs mimic the daytime condition at night. These conditions, coupled with infrastructure and shade trees obstructing locations within the public ROW, constrict and impede pedestrian mobility. Together, these impart an ineffective manner in which users navigate the site. Infrastructure, Street-Use Analyses diagrams, and site photographs further illustrate the inadequate conditions.
Given these site conditions, users, either pedestrian or vehicular, still posses the ability to navigate the site by sidestepping and creating their own distinctive paths. Daytime activity is more static due to the users ability to park at front of their place of destination, preventing the possibility of a user engaging with other spaces and stimulating economic growth. At night the opposite is more true, the grittiness of the street conditions become part of the DNA that compliments businesses and assist with attracting all forms of users. The street congestion at night allows the single lane a place for the vehicular user to observe the activity visible on the street, whether deciding which venue to attend, gazing at others dine, conversing, or simply observing the commotion on the street. The street obstructions play a role for the pedestrian, by establishing moments for pause, which harness activity, create places within spaces, and frame views.
Addressing the betterment of the inherent qualities of the street to serve public safety and promote urban growth while not disturbing the site’s existing DNA is a key objective. The Design Approach diagram demonstrates a strategy taken from exploring this seer seen relationship. By creating these spaces, the site boundary becomes blurred, and the ability to publicize private spaces allows businesses to project their private space onto public space. Simultaneously providing a higher level of spectatorship on the street and stimulating memory within the user. The ability to astonish and create a level of fear will be most notable at night with the affect light and shadow has on the street and the subliminal perceptions realized by the user. This relationship between voyeurism and context is essential to grasp when fostering the types of usable spaces this project intends to reveal, while also providing the user with an around-the-clock ability to move freely about the site.
Program strategy for the design examines the spaces best suited to promote local commerce, while acknowledging the role voyeurism has with these transformative spaces. By canvassing the site, one can acknowledge the current voids that include empty lots and the common spaces in between certain buildings. These voids have the potential to house multifunctional spaces that can simultaneously serve as public nodes while providing economic stimulus to local businesses. Multifunctional spaces can be classified within three realms: urban park infill, loose public space and multiuse public parking facilities. Program diagram further demonstrates the potential each space can have on the site and their ability to foster pedestrian mobility and habitation.
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walkLAUD In collaboration with Ernest Abuin – Architect, represented Architecture for Humanity Miami Chapter with envisioning a new Urban core. The Greater 18th Avenue Collaborative had been seeking news ways to stimulate a sense of arrival to the people of this city. A place they can call their own to appreciate and build upon. Our intentions with this project is to re-think public infrastructure and its place with the revitalization of an area.