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Coral Gables Museum student exhibit gathers large crowds!

All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for a Better City, an exhibit of projects by FIU Architecture students, saw many guests at its public opening on Friday, September 5th. The exhibition at Coral Gables Museum opened as part of the museum’s Gallery Night.

IMG_8240The work of All Buildings Great & Small affirms the value of small-scale development. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American cities began their urban growth with small urban buildings. Before the high-rise, a fabric of one- to five-story buildings defined city streets. These buildings created lively urban spaces and neighborhoods; they were mixed use and did not have parking, elevators or air conditioning. In the best examples, as these cities grew throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, high-rises were added to this pre-existing urban fabric to create a complex urbanism that absorbed the demands of modern life, while maintaining the character of the older neighborhood.

Miami is a young city and did not inherit a small-scale, nineteenth and early twentieth century urban fabric. As a result, our high-rises coexist with surface parking lots, ill-defined streets and impoverished public spaces. The work of the architecture students in the Department of Architecture at Florida International University re-conceives small-scale urbanism as a missing component of Miami’s urbanism. This work understands the nature of the modern city as a complex collage of urban types, none of which can solve the concerns of a city on its own.

The focus of the student projects in this exhibition was the discrete infill project within a restricted urban site and its potential repeatability. As a repeatable unit, an urban townhouse becomes an urban proposition, a definer of the street, and the integral component of a neighborhood and city life. The site for this year’s design projects is Wynwood, a new arts district undergoing an urban renewal. In addition to design proposals, students documented existing small-scale buildings in downtown Coral Gables and Wynwood. (Source: CARTA News, September 2014)

All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for a Better City will run until Sunday, October 26th, 2014 in the Abraham Gallery of the Coral Gables Museum: 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. For information on admission into the museum, click here.

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‘All Buildings Great & Small:’ FIU Infill Housing Exhibit opens to the public

All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for a Better City, an exhibit of projects by FIU Architecture students, will have a public reception at the Coral Gables Museum on Friday, September 5th at 6:00 pm. The exhibition is running from August 29th to October 26th, 2014.

allbuildings_exhibit.001The following statement was written by Jason Chandler, Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture.

“The work of this exhibition affirms the value of small-scale development. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American cities began their urban growth with small urban buildings. Before the high-rise, a fabric of one- to five-story buildings defined city streets. These buildings created lively urban spaces and neighborhoods; they were mixed use and did not have parking, elevators or air conditioning. In the best examples, as these cities grew throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, high-rises were added to this pre-existing urban fabric to create a complex urbanism that absorbed the demands of modern life, while maintaining the character of the older neighborhood.

Miami is a young city and did not inherit a small-scale, nineteenth and early twentieth century urban fabric. As a result, our high-rises coexist with surface parking lots, ill-defined streets and impoverished public spaces. The work of the architecture students in the Department of Architecture at Florida International University re-conceives small-scale urbanism as a missing component of Miami’s urbanism. This work understands the nature of the modern city as a complex collage of urban types, none of which can solve the concerns of a city on its own.

The focus of the student projects in this exhibition is the discrete infill project within a restricted urban site and its potential repeatability. As a repeatable unit, an urban townhouse becomes an urban proposition, a definer of the street, and the integral component of a neighborhood and city life. The site for this year’s design projects is Wynwood, a new arts district undergoing an urban renewal. In addition to design proposals, students documented existing small-scale buildings in downtown Coral Gables and Wynwood.”

The public opening reception for All Buildings Great & Small: New Building Designs for a Better City will take place on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6PM in the Abraham Gallery of the Coral Gables Museum. For information on admission into the museum, click here.

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‘ABYECTO – Sonic Environment’ on display at MBUS

ABYECTO – Sonic Environment is currently on display at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The original 3D-printed installation and musical instruments of ABYECTO are created by Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor of Architecture with MONAD Studio / Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg, and a design team made up of FIU Architecture students John Gioello, Stephanie Colon, Matt Barnard, Manuel Perez-Trujillo, and Jack Garcia. The installation brings together architecture and music through the collaboration of faculty and students in both disciplines. MONAD Studio created a three-dimensional mural that serves as a sonic environment for the performances of Jacob Sudol, Assistant Professor in the FIU School of Music and Scott F. Hall.

The reception and performance for ABYECTO – Sonic Environment will take place on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 6:30PM at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Free and open to the public.

The following text is taken from a statement about ABYECTO, provided by MONAD Studio / Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg.

ABYECTO is an installation designed and fabricated at FIU and resulting from the collaboration between students and faculty members in architecture and music. An ironic play of words, the title refers to recent discussions about object-oriented ontology in contemporary design. The piece sets up a productive ambiguity between object and environment privileging multiple readings as the removable guitar is un-docked from its intense geometrical environment in order to generate sound, only to return to the interactive sonic environment as passive docked object. The geometry of the piece is generated by the multiplication and modification of the guitar’s profiles, extending the qualities of the object onto a larger rhythmic field of three-dimensional curves and subtle variations that resonates with the sonic ambiance of the music performance. The three-dimensional profiles of the extended instrument are magnified and disseminated throughout the space once the sonic qualities of the installation begin to reverberate, activating a multi-sensorial field of perception that ranges from the visual to the tactile and the aural. Ultimately, the room, the mural, the guitar, the performers, and the public will be involved in the shaping of a complex, collective sensorial object.

The surface of this complex topological environment is further activated and becomes interactive using computer-generated sounds created by composer/computer musician/professor, Jacob Sudol. These sounds are emitted directly through the 3-D printed sculpture by means of handheld transducers that activate the installation as if it were the cones of a speaker to fill the space with constantly changing fields of sonic activity.

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Discover the I-CAVE, a new virtual reality system in development at FIU

The Department of Architecture’s Dr. Winifred Newman (Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Studies) is leading a team of seven FIU faculty members designing and developing a new Virtual Reality (VR) system on campus. The new instrument is called the I-CAVE (Integrated – Computer Augmented Virtual Environment). The FIU School of Architecture and School of Computing and Information Sciences recently finalized the location of the facility and made plans to move towards its completion.

The I-CAVE is a large room with wall-to-wall and floor LED flex-screens and a surround-sound system that creates an immersive virtual reality experience. The room, a 15-feet by 11-feet cube, tracks how a person moves within the space with a four-camera shutter-synchronized tracking system. This system eliminates the need for the equipment that is usually needed for movement tracking on other platforms, such as gloves or headgear.

icave_articlebodyimage“The I-CAVE enhances instructional technology in a number of ways,” said Dr. Newman. “First, using a total immersion environment as an instructional space offers new and exciting possibilities for all departments to incorporate animations, large-scale imagery, and virtual realities into their curriculum. Second, students will be able to propose their own projects for the I-CAVE, thus learning to plan, design and work through issues related to data visualization, basic computing skills, and information fusion. Third, CAVEs are dynamic instruments that require constant development and adjustment for research.”

The new facility will be available for use by FIU students and instructors across all disciplines. Dr. Newman said, “Student involvement with the I-CAVE will occur . . . as instructional space for courses, faculty-sponsored and student-generated research and creative projects, and for the development of skills necessary to run and maintain an active, immersive virtual reality instrument.” One of the team’s focuses is the ease and timeliness with which the I-CAVE can be operated. According to Dr. Newman, “this facility will offer state-of-the art imagery and user-friendly interaction so that students and faculty can develop projects quickly and with minimal start time.”

Currently, there are CAVE facilities located on most major research universities in the United States and abroad. This includes the Computer Graphics Group at Brown University, the Visualization Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire, the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Chicago, and the Calit2 at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology.

The FIU I-CAVE will be only the second Virtual Reality environment built in the Florida university system, after the facility at the University of Central Florida.

The I-CAVE will be located on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, at the Engineering & Computer Science building. It will be designed, constructed, developed and maintained by FIU’s School of Architecture, School of Computing and Information Science, Department of Electrical Engineering, Instructional & Research Computing Center-High Performance Computing, and University Technology Services.

Dr. Newman and the FIU I-CAVE team were granted $502,489.00 for the project through the university’s Tech Fee. The team will be working with several industry partners in South Florida, California, and China to develop a way to field test equipment, look at alternatives, and develop practices as they finalize the design.

Below is the list of FIU faculty members involved in the development of the new I-CAVE.

Dr. Winifred Newman
College of Architecture + The Arts | School of Architecture

Dr. Scott Graham
School of Computing and Information Sciences

Mr. Eric S. Johnson
School of Computing and Information Sciences

Mr. Mike Kirgen
Division of Information Technology, Instructional & Research Computing Center-High Performance Computing

Dr. Shu-Ching Chen
School of Computing and Information Sciences

Dr. Nezih Pala
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mr. Steve Luis
School of Computing and Information Sciences

This article was written with the help of the FIU I-CAVE team.

The images in this article are provided by the FIU I-CAVE team.

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CARTA Faculty and Miami Artist, Finalists in Wynwood Gateway Park Competition

Assistant Professor Nick Gelpi, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Chair Roberto Rovira, and Jim Drain (artist and 2005 Bâloise Art Prize recipient) make up one of the eleven team finalists in the Dawntown Wynwood Gateway Park Competition. Selected out of a pool of 238 international submissions, the inter-disciplinary team (Gelpi the architect, Rovira the landscape architect, and Drain the public artist) are the only finalists based in Miami.

The competition seeks the design of an urban park and garden in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The following description is provided by 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. (Source: http://dawntown.org/wynwood/)

The finalists selected for the competition are:

The Miami-based, independent team consisting of artist Jim Drain, architect Nick Gelpi, and landscape architect Roberto Rovira
 AGENCY Architecture LLC from New York City, New York
Aranda/Lasch from New York City, New York
Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu  /  SO-IL from Brooklyn, New York
stpmj from Brooklyn, New York
Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects from Berkeley, California
SFA from Madrid, Spain
Colour: Urban Design Limited from London, England
Wayward Plants from London, England
AZC – Atelier Zundel Cristea from Paris, France
ONZ Architects from Ankara, Turkey

The eleven finalists for the competition were selected by an esteemed panel of expert judges that included:

Enrique Norten – Founding Principal, TEN Arquitectos
Terrance Riley – Principal, Keenan/Riley
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
Tony Cho – CEO and Founder, Metro 1
Moderator: Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown
Former Director of Miami Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art
Founder, DawnTown

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MONAD Studio’s work published in Italian journal ‘Architetti’

The work of MONAD Studio/Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg has been published in the Italian journal Architetti.

The tenth issue of the journal, entitled Complexity and Sustainability in the Project, was written by Gabriella Padovano and Cesare Blasi from the Politecnico di Milano and features four architectural practices: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Xefirotarch (Hernan Diaz Alonso), Tom Wiscombe Architecture, and MONAD Studio.

Architetti covers MONAD Studio’s Wolfsonian Satellite Pavilion, Miami. The text below is a description of the project written by Padovano and Blasi:

Founded in 2002 by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, MONAD Studio is a design research practice with focus on spatial perception related to rhythmic affect, with explorations ranging from the scale of urban plans to buildings, and from landscape to installations and product design. MONAD Studio’s designs highlight the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles. The activity that results from intense digital design is not only revealed through structural or programmatic constraints but take a much more important presence in the articulation of the topology of buildings. The work of MONAD Studio has been published and exhibited. Eric Goldemberg is currently the Digital Design Coordinator and Full-Time Professor at Florida International University. Veronica Zalcberg taught design studios at Columbia University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

MONAD Studio was founded by The College of Architecture + The Arts’ Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor, and Veronica Zalcberg, architect.

The featured image is provided courtesy of MONAD Studio/Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg.

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Spring 2014 FIU Architecture Folio Released!

Our issue of FIU Architecture Folio, Spring 2014 highlights some of the semester’s accomplishments made by students, faculty, and alumni of the FIU Department of Architecture. The Folio can be viewed by The College of Architecture + The Arts family and those beyond the College and University!

To view the FIU Architecture Folio, Spring 2014 issue, click here!

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Students, semi-finalists for Miami Herald design entrepreneurship challenge

Tom Pupo and Daisy Nodal, Masters of Art in Architecture candidates became semi-finalists in The Miami Herald‘s 16th annual Business Plan Challenge. Their project Moonlighter joined a pool of 29 semi-finalists, after almost 200 projects were submitted.

Moonlighter “is a tech cafe and lounge that allows local designers, entrepreneurs and the public to co-create, prototype and retail new products,” as described by Pupo and Nodal. The project started in “Designing Models” (LAA6936), a Special Topics Landscape Architecture course taught by George Valdes and Adrian von der Osten, Adjunct Faculty. Pupo said that “Designing Models” aligned perfectly with the business timeline he and Nodal had for the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. Taking the course instilled in them more confidence regarding the development of Moonlighter. “Valdes and von der Osten were able to effectively bridge the gap between our training in the design process and the iterative process of entrepreneurship,” said Pupo. “In architecture, we are taught to think systematically, so this class just empowers you to apply that method to entrepreneurship, as well as every aspect of your life.”

“Essentially, the objective [of the course] is to expose design students to the practice-based concepts of entrepreneurship,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “There’s a lot of applicable overlap with the skill-set and strategic/conceptual thinking the students gain in the studio environment and the start-up world, and we encourage them to explore that. Ultimately we want future Landscape Architects and Architects to have a macro level understanding of the way technology-driven fields are innovating through business models and methodologies so that they can begin to innovate in the same way in what we see as a very stagnant industry, with respect towards business development.”

Currently, Moonlighter is undergoing review and certification with SCORE and SBA Miami for its business plan financials. Later this year, Pupo and Nodal will be securing funding and a location for the project, which has involved Pupo and Nodal in the critical thinking and skills behind design entrepreneurship.

“[Design entrepreneurship is] critical,” said Valdes and von der Osten. “The concepts and methodologies that start-up founders tackle on a day to day basis can help designers think through their work in a focused, systematic way that considers not just the stakeholders involved in any given product/project, but also the flows of value that ultimately influence design and development.”

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Discover Design in SoBe Showcases Talent at MBUS

The Discover Design in South Beach (DD@SoBe) Summer program, led by Associate Professor David Rifkind, saw growth and the demonstration of talent among thirteen students at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The students in the DD@SoBe program ranged in age from high school sophomores to young professionals considering careers in design. From June 9th to June 20th, the thirteen students developed one design project per week and attended workshops on freehand drawing, measured drawing, and model-making. This was made possible with the leadership of program director David Rifkind and the expertise of FIU Architecture faculty and recent graduates such as Priscilla Pagan, Marsha McDonald, and Jorge Bonsenõr, as well as the expertise of local designer Holly Zickler.

“…[T]he students [had] a fantastic time,” said Rifkind. “We saw real growth in their design sensibilities, representational skills and presentation abilities between the first and second weeks.”

DD@SoBe is a two-week summer program that provides an intense and enjoyable introduction to architecture and the related disciplines of landscape and interior architecture. The program takes advantage of the rich cultural context of our studios on Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road by using the city as a laboratory in which to study the relationships between design and the built environment. Participants spend a considerable portion of each day working on design projects, and engage in group discussions with faculty from FIU’s Department of Architecture. Guest lectures by prominent local practitioners and visits to offices enhance the learning experience, and guided tours of significant local architecture and urban design projects demonstrate the impact of design on our world.

The featured image above is provided courtesy of David Rifkind.

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FIU Architecture: Let’s Keep our National Ranking!

The design programs of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts are gaining national reputations for delivering a preeminent education in the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture. From prominent scholars to recognition in national design competitions, and through local and global industry and academic partnerships, the design programs have emerged as thought leaders in the delivery of forward-thinking design education. We are very proud that the hard work of our faculty, students, alumni, and friends was recognized last year with both national and regional rankings, placing us amongst the strongest programs in the nation.

DesignIntelligence tracks the quality of design education nationally by asking for your professional opinion as to which schools best prepare students. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this year’s DesignIntelligence survey and support our national ranking. Thank you!

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‘nomas_LA’ Masters Project featured on eVolo and SUPER//ARCHITECTS

nomas_LA, the Spring 2014 Masters studio project presented by alumni Patrick O. Soares (M.Arch ’14) and Indra Alam (M.Arch ’14), has been featured on international and reputable media. The project was posted in eVolo, an internationally-renowned architecture and design journal,and on SUPER//ARCHITECTS, a prominent platform for showcasing work and ideas of the academic community. Below is Soares and Alam’s project statement.

“Our thesis project, nomas_LA is about testing post-apocalyptic urban strategies through interface – interface of human + machine and architecture + machine. It aims to negotiate friction between mechanical components and organic landscape. The landscape penetrates the mechanical. The user physically plugs into the structure, while the structure itself plugs into existing infrastructure (railroad track).

Analysis derived from research on the circuitry and motherboard of a computer, and the components within it, was used to inform the architecture on the site. The “capacitors” on the motherboard were interpreted as the existing structure on the site, the HUBS in nomas_LA feed from these capacitors. The HUBS will, eventually, fragmentally detach and plug into the next station to serve a different purpose from site to site, essentially becoming nomadic themselves. Hence the word “nomas” in the title (latin origin for nomadism). nomas_LA strives to question the possible future of operational, architecture, in motion.”

Soares considers nomas_LA a conglomeration of different aspects of his FIU education. He is proud to have chosen FIU as – what is now – his alma mater. “One of the reasons I decided to pursue architecture at FIU,” said Soares, “is because of FIU’s status as a research university. As such, at the core of its teaching philosophy is affording students the freedom to explore different answers or – perhaps even more important – how to formulate a different set of problems to solve.” In regards to the field of architecture and what he learned as an architecture student at FIU, Soares said, “It is more than putting a comprehensive building together. It’s about taking the critical thinking skills we learned not only in studio, but also in theory and in history, and intensely applying them towards an architectural problem and, by extension, a solution.”

“My contributions to nomas_LA are ultimately the result of skills I developed in…design studios, among other constructive courses,” said Alam. “During the three intense years of architecture studies at FIU I experienced great studio professors (such as Sabah Corso, Nick Gelpi, and, of course, my thesis instructor Eric Goldemberg) who afforded me the freedom to explore projects that pushed my creative limits.” Alam said that she is especially grateful to Professor Eric Goldemberg, who encouraged her to continue her work on hybridization of mechanical components and dynamic architecture, a major theme of nomas_LA. “It is truly rewarding to see our thesis project being supported by the architecture community and FIU.”

Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor and the studio advisor of Soares and Alam’s nomas_LA said, “Patrick and Indra did a great job at engaging their last studio project as a thesis statement – a visionary project about the active role of architecture structures in a shifting ecology of future urbanity. Their view of technology as catalyst for social and physical mobility within the city was expressed both in their speculation about the emergence of nomad groups and the provision of infrastructure that adapts and enables the movement of platforms.” Goldemberg noticed the potential in these two alumni, considering them “a talented, self-motivated group of students.”

 

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Hai Zhang (MArch ’02) Opens First New York Solo Show

Hai Zhang. Everywhere NowhereOn Thursday, June 5th, Hai Zhang (MArch ’02) opened his first New York solo show at the Luise Ross Gallery.

Everywhere – Nowhere shows us the world through the lens of Hai Zhang in his first one-man exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery. From New York to Russia, California to China, Zhang works not as documentary photographer but rather as storyteller, building mysterious tableaux. His photographs are often from the fringes of life, lingering in a no mans land, where urban development meets the natural world, where dusk meets the dawn, and where a city dweller finds an unexpected moment of solitude. Laced with an edge of humor, a subtle wink to the viewer acknowledging human foibles, Zhang paints a picture of quiet beauty. By capturing fleeting moments, he implies a story that is left to the viewer to finish. Rather than tell the tale of a specific place, his ambiguous narratives are universal. They are both everywhere, and nowhere at once.

The reception for Hai Zhang’s Everywhere – Nowhere took place on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 from 6PM-8PM at the Luise Ross Gallery: 547 West 27 Street #504, New York, NY 10001.

The images in this article are provided courtesy of Hai Zhang and the Luise Ross Gallery.

This article was written with the help of the Luise Ross Gallery.

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CreativeMornings/Miami: Nick Gelpi, June 6th speaker

On Friday, June 6th, The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Nick Gelpi, Assistant Professor will be the featured speaker of CreativeMornings/Miami.

Nick Gelpi is the founder and Design Principal of GELPI PROJECTS, based in Miami Florida. Gelpi’s practice has been actively engaged in a diversity of projects including experimental installations and pavilions, residential architecture, retail design, and high-concept furniture and prototypes. Gelpi’s research is concerned with materials and representation, often incorporating procedures of fabrication and the conventions of testing through material collaborations with mockups. Gelpi has worked professionally as project architect for Steven Holl Architects in New York City, and has previously taught at numerous schools of architecture including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University, and Columbia University.

CreativeMornings, started by Swiss designer Tina Roth Eisenberg in September 2008, is a free monthly lecture and breakfast event. It provides an educative platform on which individuals can teach and learn about a given, global theme of the month. There are currently 60 chapters of CreativeMornings across the globe, with the Miami chapter recently starting in November 2013. The CreativeMornings/Miami chapter was started by The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Malik Benjamin, Instructor and Director of Program Innovation. Benjamin hosts the chapter’s events, in partnership with the InterContinental Miami and LAB Miami.

The CreativeMornings/Miami event featuring Nick Gelpi will be on Friday, June 6th at 8:30AM, at the LAB Miami: 400 NW 26th Street, Miami, Florida 33127. RSVP here.

The featured image is provided courtesy of CreativeMornings/Miami.

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Villagers Scholarship Given to FIU Architecture Students

The Villagers, Inc. have awarded $3,000 scholarships to both Eileen Nunes Koo and Sarah Malebranche, M.Arch candidates.

A total of $28,000 in scholarships were given to nine students by The Villagers, Inc. scholarship selection committee, which included Chairwoman Joann Trombino and Villagers Joan Bounds and Toni Garcia. The students were chosen for their interest in historic preservation and restoration and based on scholastic standing, recommendations, samples of their work, and statements of interest in preserving our architectural past.

The Villagers, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic sites in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Founded in 1966, the all-volunteer organization is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3.

The featured image is provided courtesy of The Villagers, Inc. and includes (from left to right) Villager Joan Bounds, FIU student Eileen Nunes Koo, FIU student Sarah Malebranche, and Villager Toni Garcia.

This article was written with the help of The Villagers, Inc.

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AIA Miami Displays student work from the FIU School of Architecture

AIA Miami is showing the best student work from all of the Architecture and Design schools in the South Florida region at The Miami Center for Architecture & Design. The collection, entitled [SUPER]STUDIO 2014 is curated by J. Mikael Kaul and Nicholas Baker III.

The collection includes student work from Florida International University, the Design & Architecture Senior High School, Florida Atlantic University, Broward College, Miami-Dade College, Palm Beach State College, and the University of Miami.

[SUPER]STUDIO 2014 by AIA Miami will run until Friday, May 30th, 2014 at The Miami Center for Architecture & Design: 100 Northeast 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132.

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Students recognized at FIU School of Architecture Graduate Awards

The FIU School of Architecture Spring 2014 Graduate Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building. The ceremony was a celebration for the graduates, as the SOA faculty wished them the best in their professional careers post-academia. The Graduate Awards ceremony, also, recognized graduates of outstanding academic merit and service to the FIU community. On that same day, the Spring 2014 graduates from the School of Architecture walked with their cap and gown and received their degrees at FIU’s U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The FIU School of Architecture (SOA) emphasizes student-centered education. To achieve this, the FIU SOA combines the best of both worlds: the expansive experience of a large state university, and the more nuanced, personalized education of a smaller university setting. These attributes were well conveyed at

The following students were recognized by the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Department of Architecture.

Service Award
Lourdes Picanes, President of AIAS
Eneida Pinon, President of Alpha Rho Chi
Renate Paris, President of Tau Sigma Delta

Leadership Award
Amira Ajlouni, Leadership and Planning of the Eco-Couture Fashion Show

Graduate Certificate in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
Lissette Clark
Elizabeth Diaz
Andrea Estrada
Gustavo Masis-Flores
Tiffany Reyes
Delia Rivera
Yesenia Hernandez
Jeanne Canto
Giovani Guadarrama
Gergana Panteva
Einada Pinon
Roxana Macias
Gabriela Sanchez

Master Project Award

Urbanism in Downtown Miami:” Gray Read
Amira Ajlouni
Brigette Perez

From Flagrant Objects to Discrete Networks:” Eric Goldemberg
Indra Alam
Patrick Soares

Transition and Redevelopment of the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba:” Jaime Canaves
Mark Stojadinovich
Agnieszka Kardasz

Insertions: Always in Progress:” Malik Benjamin
Renate Paris
Adam Feinstein

Miami Beach 2100:” Marilys Nepomechie
Ashwini Tayshetye
Ana Echeverri

Light, Layering and Porosity:” Camilo Rosales
Lisa Chang
Diana Viera

Open Themes: Architectural Instincts:” Alfredo Andia
Dean McMurry
Marco Campa

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Bernard Tschumi Lectures at 102nd Annual ACSA Meeting hosted by FIU

During the weekend of April 10th-12, 2014, the 102nd Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) meeting took place on Miami Beach. This year’s event was co-hosted by Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios/Associate Dean of Cultural and Community Engagement for the College of Architecture + The Arts at FIU John Stuart and Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

On Saturday, April 12th, 400 educators attended  the closing keynote lecture by  Bernard Tschumi at 1111 Lincoln Road. Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts (1981) and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays (MIT Press, 1994).  In 1983, he won the prestigious competition to design and build the Parc de la Villette, in Paris.  Since then, he has made a reputation for groundbreaking designs that include the New Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Alésia Archaeological Museum, and FIU’s School of Architecture Building.  Tschumi’s work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale.  He served as Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York from 1988 to 2003. His most recent publication is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color (Rizzoli, 2012), a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects.  http://www.tschumi.com/

 The closing keynote speech was hosted by 1111 Lincoln Road, “envisioned by Robert Wennett and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road represents the collaboration of renowned architects, landscape architects, artists and designers to create a unique shopping, dining, residential and parking experience for Miami’s residents and visitors. Situated at the gateway to Lincoln Road’s pedestrian promenade…” the space allowed for a visual and experiential environment to discuss contemporary issues about architecture and globalization.

Overall, the ACSA meeting was an extraordinary success and a testament to the innovation and creativity that is pouring out of Miami and captivating the attention of the world.

For more pictures of the Bernard Tschumi lecture and the 11 11 space, please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/117246202@N04/.

For more articles on the ACSA Conference and FIU’s presence please visit cartanews.fiu.edu.

This article was written by Evan Northup, Head Public Relations and Communications, College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios.

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Alumni Spotlight: Glen Santayana (’08)

Glen Santayana (BAA ’08) is now working at Perkins + Will in Miami as a member on their design team. This is his current accomplishment, after graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) with his Master in Architecture in 2013. At GSD, he was a teaching assistant for a handful of architecture professors and, later, became a studio instructor for the Career Discovery Program at the GSD. Also, he has worked for internationally renowned firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York and Oppenheim Architecture + Design in Miami.

Santayana has been a guest critic for several studio reviews, including those held at Harvard University GSD, Columbia University, the University of Miami, and Florida International University School of Architecture.

Santayana’s Master thesis on the redesign of prisons – PriSchool: A Prison + School Hybrid – was published by media outlets such as the Huffington Post, ArchDaily, Business Insider, ANC Magazine, and FastCoExist.

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CARTA Professors Present at ACSA Conference in South Korea

A co-authored paper by The College of Architecture + The Arts’ Marilys Nepomechie, Professor of Architecture and Marta Canaves, Landscape Architecture Associate Professor in Design has been accepted for presentation at the Open Cities: The New Post-Industrial World Order International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The 2014 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA] / Architectural Institute of Korea [AIK] International Conference will be held June 20th -23rd. The paper will be presented in the session “Emergent Models of Architectural Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum + Students.”

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FIU Hosts 102nd Annual ACSA Meeting

During the weekend of April 10th-12, 2014, Florida International University will host the 102nd Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Meeting.

The meeting will take place in Miami Beach. Its base will be at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, a structure designed by Morris Lapidus. As part of the ACSA Meeting, participants will experience workshops at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts’ Miami Beach Urban Studios. The Co-Chairs of the meeting are the College’s own John Stuart, Associate Dean of Cultural and Community Engagement and Professor of Architecture and Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

This year’s theme for the ACSA Meeting is “GLOBALIZING ARCHITECTURE / Flows and Disruptions.” The meeting will focus on ideas of “place, power, and social responsibility” (acsa-arch.org) presented by Marshall McLuhan, communication theorist and intellectual. The meeting, taking place during the 50th anniversary of McLuhan’s literature Understanding Media, will relate these three elements to the field of architecture.

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