On Tuesday, January 21st over a hundred people gathered to hear the design concepts that the Departments of Architecture, Interior and Landscape students presented at the Spring Design Charrette at the Miami Beach Urban Studios. 30 teams presented in a Pecha-Kucha format review, as part of the Wolfsonian-FIU’s first Power of Design 2014, whose theme this year focuses on “Complaints – Why do we complain? Our take? There’s method, purpose, and meaning to complaints. We complain, and then what? We can sit back and complain some more, or we can lean forward into problem solving. Choose the latter approach and complaints can lead to innovations and even solutions. Design itself, a problem-solving process, often originates with complaint.”
The students researched, created, and constructed both digital and physical models to illustrate their ideas to revitalize the space on Lincoln Road at the corner of Washington Avenue. Students worked in interdisciplinary teams of 5, each team a mix of all three departments of architecture.
Curator of the Wolfsonian-FIU Silvia Barisione and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Miami Jake Brillhart acted as judges along with Chair of the Department of Architecture Jason Chandler; the Executive Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, John Stuart; and the creator and organizer of the Spring Design Charrette, Assistant Professor of Architecture Nick Gelpi. The judges will decide on the best designs, which will then be exhibited at the Wolfsonian-FIU.
Congratulations to all of the students and their amazing designs!
For more information on “Power of Design 2014: Complaints” at the Wolfonsian-FIU, please click here.