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FIU student-led creative group, VA Collective, unveils new Wynwood mural

Four students from the FIU School of Architecture unveiled the Roberto Clemente mural in Wynwood on Wednesday, August 27th. The mural, located at NW 2nd Avenue and 34th Terrace, depicts an approximately 10ft x 18ft image of the late great humanitarian and sports figure of Puerto Rican heritage, Roberto Clemente.

VA Collective speaks to Univision 23. Photo courtesy of Vilmarie Vargas, Graduate student in FIU's Education Program.

VA Collective speaks to Univision 23. Photo courtesy of Vilmarie Vargas, Graduate student in FIU’s Education Program.

Kevin Arrieta (FIU LA+EUD), Nick Vasquez (FIU Architecture), Natalia Cordero (FIU LA+EUD), and Jorge Rodriguez (FIU Architecture) reached out to the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department. They came into contact with Jose Moran, Roberto Clemente Parks Manager, and Luis DeRosa, a member of the Roberto Clemente Parks Committee. The enterprising students call themselves the VA Collective, and they volunteered their time for this community project, which  constitutes one of several other projects they have completed to date.

The student-led creative group defines the VA Collective as “a creative agency made up of a number of young creators who have a common interest and passion for the arts . . . composed of four branches, which include Architecture, Art, Graphic Design, and Photography.”  They attribute their interest and passion for their work to being part of Miami’s Arts District and to its global fame for Art Basel, Art Walk, and many other artistic endeavors that “has helped [VA Collective] develop our own perspective on what art is.”

In terms of the group’s affinity for murals, they state, “We believe that murals are the perfect balance of street art and fine art, which can be appreciated by anyone of any social class and culture.”  Their admiration for Roberto Clemente is evident, and one of the baseball star’s famous quotes is prominently featured in the mural, which states, “any time you have an opportunity to change this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” Says the VA Collective; “we have witnessed the power of [this] message by watching people pass by and read it. We were once inspired by the works that were happening around the Wynwood area and hope [that] we can continue that legacy to inspire others to chase their creative visions.”

The Roberto Clemente mural was made possible by the support of the Miami Office of the Mayor, Hon. Tomas Regelado, City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Dist. 5, the Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade, Wynwood Brewing, The New World Foundation, Dynamic CDC, the Miami Marlins, and the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber.

The header image is provided courtesy of the VA Collective.

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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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Xavier Cortada engages FIU students in FLOR500, participatory art and history project

Xavier Cortada, College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence will celebrate FLOR500 on August 28th at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery. FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by the Miami artist to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the important moment when the history of Florida changed forever, and it gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.

The FIU-based project was a massive multi-year, state-wide undertaking:  A team of scientists selected 500 native flowers - the same ones that grew in Florida when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it “La Florida” (from “flor,” the Spanish word for flower).  500 artists were then invited to portray those flowers. FIU alumni and faculty were among the Floridians who depicted the Florida native wildflowers in any medium they chose.

FLOR500 invited individuals, schools and libraries from across the state’s 67 counties to participate. Each was instructed to plant a wildflower garden and dedicate the garden to one of 500 important Floridians selected by a team of historians.

Cortada commits himself to eco-art projects that engage community and expose human impact on the environment. By involving FIU students and faculty in FLOR500, he has shared with them knowledge and awareness of Florida’s rich, ecological history.  Importantly, this particular project helped students and other participants develop skills in art, history, and nature. (Source: www.flor500.com)  

FLOR497 by Gretchen Scharnagl, Full-Time Instructor of The College of Architecture + the Arts (Art + Art History Department) and the Honors College

FLOR497 by Gretchen Scharnagl, Full-Time Instructor of The College of Architecture + the Arts (Art + Art History Department) and the Honors College

Several hundred students in the FIU Department of Communication Arts and the Department of Art + Art History joined others in planting wildflower gardens. Cortada presented FLOR500 to the students of Dr. Steve Schoen, Assistant Professor in FIU Communication Arts, and Art + Art History students during Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.  These FIU students eagerly took up the task of supporting Florida’s biodiversity.

“After planting their garden,” said Cortada, “participants uploaded the following to FLOR500.com: a 250-word essay, a portrait of the person they have been assigned, pictures documenting the planting of the garden, [and] a picture of the art object or a sign describing the dedication.”

These works are on display at FIU Graham Center Art Gallery: 11200 SW 8 Street, GC 215, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Miami, FL 33199.  The exhibition will run until Thursday, September 11th, 2014.

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Wood, Xavier Cortada Participatory Art Projects Coordinator, at flor500@fiu.edu.

This article was written with the help of Gabrielle Wood, Xavier Cortada Participatory Art Projects Coordinator and Xavier Cortada.

All images are provided courtesy of Xavier Cortada and Gabrielle Wood.

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Guillermo León Gómez (BA ’12), August Artist-In-Residence at Inkub8

College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Guillermo León Gómez (BA ’12) is the August Artist-In-Residence at Inkub8, an alternative space in Wynwood specializing in hybrid experimental, movement, physical theatre, and sound. For the month of August, Gómez has been provided by Inkub8 with a space to create work. The 2014 Inkub8 (open-studio) Residency Program is a four-week residency in Miami’s Wynwood arts district that offers time, space, and a modest stipend to artists, who teach classes and exhibit works in exchange. (Source: Inkub8)

The following is an artist’s statement provided by Gómez:

Guillermo León Gómez is interested in replication, consumerism, and artificiality. His belief is that identity, as well as objects, can be commodified. Working in video, photography, and performance, his process begins with research. His work is then reactionary and improvisational depending on the nature of the subject. His performances are generally interactions with objects–which, many times, carry strong associations of gender normative roles. He attempts to disrupt this social conditioning, while offering a new understanding on symbology, politics, and economy. Gómez was born in Miami, FL. He received a B.A. in Art at Florida International University. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Miami Beach Urban Studios and Little Haiti Cultural Center. He lives and works in Miami.

Gomez_Inkub8_Workshop Flyer_8This Saturday, Gómez will host a Sound + Body Lab. Gómez describes it as “a workshop where [he] teach[es] the basics of sound perception followed by a group exercise to build architectural structures to muffle and block sound.” On Saturday, August 30th, a final exhibition of his work as an Inkub8 Artist-In-Residence, along with HIGH TEA, a closing reception, will occur at the space. The bar at the closing tea party will transform into a digital projection, exposing the physical effects of consumption, emptiness, and the passing of time. The evening will end with a balancing act of overindulgence, a live performance of high tea leading to an eventual low.

The Inkub8 Residency Program is funded through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s KnightArts Challenge. The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.KnightFoundation.org. (Source: Inkub8)

Guillermo León Gómez’s Sound + Body Lab will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at 12PM at Inkub8: 2021 NW 1st Place, Miami, FL 33127.

The final exhibition and reception of Guillermo León Gómez’s work will take place on Saturday, August 30th at 8PM at Inkub8: 2021 NW 1st Place, Miami, FL 33127. A $15 donation towards Inkub8 will be asked for at the door.

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Festival of the Trees Kickoff a Success!

The Festival of the Trees (FOT) is a fundraising event coordinated by FIU Interior Architecture and its advisory board. Each year, South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for quality interior architecture education through their annual participation in the Festival of the Trees event and auction. This holiday extravaganza has raised over $100,000 in funds that benefit Florida International University’s Interior Architecture Department and its talented students.

The Festival of the Trees Kickoff event held on Wednesday, August 20th drew a large crowd of students, alumni, faculty, and friends of FIU Interior Architecture. The event room of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar was filled with more than 100 guests, who enjoyed conversations with colleagues as well as images of trees submitted to FOT in the past.

This year, the 28th Annual Festival of the Trees will occur on Thursday, November 20th at the Coral Gables Country Club. Festival of the Trees Sponsors have underwritten designers who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. These “trees” will be displayed and auctioned at the gala opening on November 20th. The lucky winning bidders will take these extraordinary creations and use them for holiday decorations in either their homes or offices.

The 28th Annual Festival of the Trees will take place on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30PM at the Coral Gables Country Club: 997 North Greenway Drive, Miami, FL 33134. Tickets will go on sale in mid-September.

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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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‘Indescribable thread(s),’ featuring two alumni, closes at Space Mountain

On August 15th, Indescribable Thread(s) will close at art space Space Mountain. The exhibition includes two FIU College of Architecture + The Arts alumni: Danny Gonzalez (BFA ’07) and Barbara Lamothe (BFA ’14).

The following statement about the exhibition is provided by the art space.

“~what~ links us together – or sets one apart – spontaneous instances that capture truth through vision – this show brings together 6 photographers from different stages in their careers. Seeming to approach their everyday with a sense of magic realism, underground scenes imbued with poetic weirdness, mystery, and sex.” (Source: Space Mountain)

Indescribable Thread(s) will close on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at Space Mountain: 8363 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, Florida. The space is open by appointment. For more information, call (786) 512-4706.

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Nick Gilmore’s ‘Frame Out’ opens at 6th Street Container

Nick Gilmore, Master of Fine Arts candidate at The College of Architecture + The Arts, will open Frame Out on August 15th at 6th Street Container.

This solo exhibition by Gilmore is described in the following statement by the artist.

“The exhibition title refers to the construction industry term for building the skeleton of a structure (“to frame out”), and aims to call attention to the frames of the works on display, which are constructed of Dade County Pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa). Named for its exclusivity to this region, this old growth native species was the construction material of choice in South Florida until the end of the 1940s, when it was harvested to the brink of extinction. To this day it is unmatched in strength of resistance both to rotting and termites. This project utilizes Dade County Pine I salvaged while renovating my 1926 house, located only a few blocks from this exhibition. Presented both in its originally constructed form and retooled into new objects, this Dade County Pine asks us to remember the history of our built environment; it also suggests the entanglement of consumption and necessity.”

Frame Out will open on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 7PM at 6th Street Container: 1155 (rear) SW 6 Street, Miami, FL 33130.

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Janine King invited to participate in Future Vision 2014

Janine King, Chair of FIU Interior Architecture and Associate Professor, has been invited to join the Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s (CIDA) Future Vision 2014.

From the CIDA website: “The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board of Directors has invited visionaries to partner in establishing priorities for the future of interior design higher education. Chosen for their well-informed, broad perspective, a diverse group of nominated thought leaders will join the Board of Directors at CIDA’s Future Vision session in November 2014. Hosted by Steelcase, the goal of Future Vision is to describe factors that will have the greatest influence on interior design in order to establish educational priorities for entry-level practitioners in 2017 and beyond.”

The following individuals will participate in Future Vision 2014.

Interior design practice
Collin Burry, Principal, Gensler, San Francisco, CA (CIDA Board)
Julianna Catlin, Principal, Catlin Design, Jacksonville, FL
Heather Robertson Corrigan, President, Robertson MacLean Design Limited, Dartmouth, NS (CIDA Board)
Raphael Paul diTommaso, Principal, diTommaso & Colaku, New York, NY
Benjamin Fuglevand, Associate, Callison Architects, Seattle, WA
Sari Graven, Principal, J&S Collaborative, Seattle, WA (CIDA Board)
Carol Jones, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., Vancouver, BC (CIDA Board)
Melissa Mizell, Senior Associate Designer, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
Christina Oliver, Principal, Oliver Interiors, LLC, Newton, MA
Heidi Painchaud, Managing Principal, B+H Architects, Toronto, ON
Adam Stover, Principal, Populous, Kansas City, MO

Interior design education
Katherine Ankerson, Department Head, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Tilanka Chandrasekera, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Pamela Evans, Interior Design Director, Kent State University, Kent, OH (CIDA Board)
Janine King, Interior Architecture Department Chair, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Thomas Kong, Associate Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jane Kucko, Associate Dean for University Programs, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (CIDA Board)
Carl Matthews, Interior Design Program Director, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (CIDA Board)
Dorothy Stern, Professor, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

Industry and related disciplines
Tom Carlisle, Apple Campus 2 Design, Apple, Cupertino, CA
Michael R. Gibson, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX (AIGA Design Education Council)
Jan Johnson, Vice President Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel, Chicago, IL (CIDA Board)
Alex Serriere, Principal, CTO, Director of Research, TEECOM, Oakland, CA
Mark Strauss, President, Interior Design Media, New York, NY (CIDA Board)

Professor King has over fifteen years experience in teaching and administration, and has headed FIU’s Interior Architecture Department since 2003. She is a licensed Interior Designer in the state of Florida and holds an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certificate. She earned her Master of Interior Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and has won numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service. Her research is motivated by a desire to enhance the quality of people’s lives through the production of safe, healthy, useful, and inspirational interior environments.  Aimed at improving the depth and quality of the design process, her work focuses on developing and evaluating new procedures and methods that improve designers’ ability to solve complex problems. This work ranges from a series of funded projects developing, implementing, and evaluating participatory design methods to projects involving innovative instructional methods directed toward complex problem solving. Her work has resulted in book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations.

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Festival of the Trees Kickoff on Wednesday, August 20th!

The Festival of the Trees Kickoff event will take place next Wednesday, August 20th! Join us at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and meet-up with FIU Interior Architecture’s extended family of designers, students, alumni, and industry representatives. This event will be hosted in preparation for the bigger event to come in November 2014, the Festival of the Trees.

The Festival of the Trees is a fundraising event coordinated by FIU Interior Architecture and its advisory board. Each year, Festival of the Trees Sponsors underwrite designers who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate them to the event. The ‘trees’ are then displayed and auctioned at the gala opening held at Coral Gables Museum. The lucky winning bidders take these extraordinary creations and use them for holiday decorations in either their homes or offices. South Florida’s architecture and design community demonstrates its support for quality interior architecture education by both their participation in the creation of the trees and their attendance at the event. This holiday extravaganza has raised over $100,000 in funds that benefit FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its talented students.

The Festival of the Trees Kickoff event will take place on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 6:30PM at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: 2525 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134. RSVP to Zinaida Hirlemann at zhirlema@fiu.edu. A $10 donation at the door is suggested.

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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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Kim Moore, MFA Candidate recognized with FIU students by Florida Chapter ASLA

Masters of Fine Arts candidate Kim Moore will be awarded by the Florida Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA), for a statewide, blind-juried competition hosted by the society. She was a member of two FIU student projects, one of which will be awarded an Award of Honor and the other, an Award of Merit. On Friday, July 25th, Moore and the other FIU students will be given their awards by FLASLA at its 2014 Awards Gala, which will be held at the Key Largo Ocean Reef Club.

FLASLA Award of Honor
Project Title: Interweaving Wet /Land
Students:
Gregory Gonzalez, Diego Justiniano, Daniela Menendez, Santiago Olarte, Andrew Pereda (FIU LA + EUD) Monica Ospina (FIU Environmental Studies)
Paola Davalos, Natalia Duque (FIU Civil Engineering)
Kim Moore (FIU Art + Art History)
Faculty Advisor: Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor (FIU LA + EUD)

FLASLA Award of Merit
Project Title
: Reciprocating Landscapes: Wet, Dry, and In Between
Students:
Gregory Gonzalez, Diego Justiniano, Daniela Menendez, Santiago Olarte, Andrew Pereda (FIU LA + EUD) Monica Ospina (FIU Environmental Studies)
Paola Davalos, Natalia Duque (FIU Civil Engineering)
Kim Moore (FIU Art + Art History)
Faculty Advisor: Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor (FIU LA + EUD)

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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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Alumna Lisette Boosooboy teaches Summer Course

Ranked as the 4th best interior design graduate program in the South by DesignIntelligence, the FIU Department of Interior Architecture is passionate about design and explores its countless contributions to society, through the work done by our faculty and students. This Summer, Lisette Boosooboy, LEED AP (FIU BA in Interior Design ’05, MIA ’13) transformed from alumna to both former student and faculty member of the Department. She decided to join the Department’s creative, dedicated designers by teaching the course Construction Documents of Interior Architecture. She returned to the classroom to be on the other side of the curriculum, offering students her expertise and talents in the field.

Returning to FIU to teach was a bit of a change for the alumna. “It is a bit daunting at first,” she said, “but when you realize that this is part of what you have been doing for the last nine years, and you know the information, it becomes a challenge that you can handle.”

Boosooboy is a Designer at M.C. Harry & Associates, and has been since September 2005. She said that FIU Interior Architecture prepared her for her professional experiences at the firm. “The FIU Interior Architecture Department has an amazing faculty that prepares its students to think about design in an [exploratory] method,” said Boosooboy. “[I]t challenges the intellect in a logical as well as a creative manner….There are an infinite number of skills that one possessses upon graduating from FIU, but being able to astutely give a reason behind one’s design choices and effectively communicate that to a client or a team is invaluable.”

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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond launch new lecture series, FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS. The lecture series – which will occur on the third Mondays of the months from August to November – will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED during December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week.

Terry Riley – architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art – will be the first keynote speaker of the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS on Monday, August 18th at the grand re-opening of The Vagabond Hotel. CARTA will provide innovative, “pop-up” cultural activities throughout the hotel that showcase the talents of the College’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni. This will include – but will not be limited to – live music, video and multimedia installations, interactive art, design exhibitions, dance, and staged readings.

The FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS: Terry Riley lecture will occur on Monday, August 18th at the Vagabond Hotel: 7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138.

FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS are co-sponsored by UNTITLED, produced by Schuster Galleries, and hosted at the Vagabond Hotel.

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‘Omnibus,’ Alumni Show on Comic Book/Graphic Storytelling at GC Gallery

Omnibus, an exhibition on comic book and graphic communication, is on display at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery. The show features a group of FIU Bachelor of Arts alumni, and it invites current FIU students to add their own work to the exhibition.

Gretchen Scharnagl, Full-Time Instructor of The College of Architecture + the Arts (Art + Art History Department) and the Honors College reached out to the FIU comic book community to propose an exhibit of this genre of work.  She discussed it with past students and alumni from her own comic book classes and students from other drawing classes. Scharnagl was approached with the opportunity to launch an exhibition at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery. Alumnus Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11) decided to take up the responsibility of organizing the exhibition.

Omnibus features a collection of short narratives bound together in a large tome,” said Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11), who is organizing the show. “Each piece tells a small story and while not necessarily directly linked to one another, they branch off and take the viewer/reader into new and different territories.”

The artists featured in Omnibus are:

Alex Rocky Ferrer (BFA ’10)
Carlos Folgar (BFA ’10)
Eric Gonzalez (BFA ’11)
Wen-Ju Chien (BFA ’11)
Oliver Perez (BFA ’11)
Jorge Palomino (BFA ’12)
Oliver Guido (BFA ’12)
Stephanie Cuffel

Current students are welcomed to participate in the working days at the exhibition, and hang their own artwork in the show. The exhibition is open to new works on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1PM to 7PM.

Omnibus will have its closing reception on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at the FIU Graham Center Art Gallery: 11200 SW 8 Street, GC 215, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Miami, FL 33199.

The header image is an artwork by Alex Rocky Ferrer (BFA ’10). The images in this article are provided courtesy of Eric Gonzalez.

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Faculty and Students Awarded for Work at 1310 Gallery

Associate Professor Pip Brant and MFA candidates Gardner Cole Miller and Yasmin Khalaf are three of six artists awarded for their work in The Triumph of Detritus at 1310 Gallery. Prominent guest judges from local arts establishments visited the exhibition and voted for the top artists. Chosen among the 30 artists in the exhibition, Brant and Miller tied for first place and Khalaf was awarded second place. Each of them received a trophy and a cash prize.

The Triumph of Detritus is curated by Lisa Rockford, tenured Assistant Professor at Broward College, a resident artist at Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, and a founding member of 1310 Gallery. She described the exhibition with the following statement:  “[The Triumph of Detritus is] a group exhibition of artists that morph raw, found, and unexpected debris into works of splendor. Visceral materials are combined with exquisite embellishment, transforming castoffs into captivating works of beauty.” (Source: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)

The Triumph of Detritus also included the work of Master of Fine Arts candidate Joe Locke and alumna Kerry Phillips (BFA ’00).

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Pip Brant and Mary Larsen in new exhibition at Juan Ruiz Gallery

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Pip Brant, Associate Professor and alumna Mary Larsen (BFA ’12) will be featured in Short Story, which opens at the Juan Ruiz Gallery on Thursday, July 24th.

Short Story includes eleven Miami-based artists curated by aritst Rubén Torres Llorca. The name of the exhibition comes from the small format of all pieces in the show. Each piece has its own short story told by its respective artist.

The following artists are featured in Short Story:

Esteban Blanco
Pip Brant
Carol K. Brown
Randy Burman
Liliam Dominguez
Kathleen Hudspeth
Mary Larsen
Rogelio Lopez Marin
Rafael Lopez Ramos
Ruben Torres-Llorca
Lucy de la Vega

Short Story will open on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at the Juan Ruiz Gallery: 301 NW 28 Street, Miami, FL 33127. Free and open to the public.

As a part of Short Story, a concert will be hosted by the Juan Ruiz Gallery on Saturday, August 9th. The following description of the concert is from the gallery’s press release.

Juan Ruiz Gallery is pleased to present as part of ‘our Short Stories’ exhibition a collaborative interdisciplinary piece by Artists Ruben Torres Llorca, Rogelio Lopez Marin (Gory) and musical group The Similar Prisoners.

The piece titled ‘My World Keeps Falling’ is a limited edition of 5 one of a kind art boxes, containing inside them 10 original illustrations each corresponding to each of the songs on the “My World Keeps Falling” album by The Similar Prisoners. Each one of the boxes will have a unique cover art on see thru acrylic.

The boxes also contain a 24kt gold cd copy of the aforementioned album in mini LP format. What makes this piece truly unique is that it will be the first collaboration between these two artists that were part of the now mythical 1981 Cuban exhibition Volumen Uno, as there’ll be an original Gory photo (c–print) included in each box. To top it off on Saturday July 12th the gallery will have The Similar Prisoners performing live, the ultimate companion piece for these gorgeous one of a kind art boxes.

The images in this article are provided courtesy of the Juan Ruiz Gallery.

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Peta-Gaye Walker (MIA ’14) acquires full-time position at Touzet Studio

The role of internships in preparing our students for professional practice cannot be understated. Here is a great example of a student moving from internship to full-time position. College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Peta-Gaye Walker (MIA ’14) acquired a full-time position at Touzet Studio upon graduating from Florida International University.

Touzet Studio is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm, with its well-known commercial projects involving GAP, Michigan Avenue Retail, and 3711 NE 2nd Avenue. In January 2014, Touzet Studio hired Petas an intern working as their Material Librarian. “I found out later through my supervisor,” said Walker, “that it was because of my reputation as a diligent student, enthusiasm for FIU, professionalism, and knowledge about materials and relationships with vendors and other professionals in the industry that the company e-mailed me and offered me an internship position.” Walker said that, at the time, the duties of the internship were overwhelming, but she realized that the experience and information she gained was invaluable. “The Studio focused on teaching each designer as if they were project managers, and I got a chance to see all the minor and major details I may not have seen otherwise.”

Walker’s supervisor, Kate Healy (Senior Interior Designer at Touzet Studio), became her mentor for her Masters thesis, a mixed-used project entitled “The White Elephant Culinary Resource Center & Food Bank.” After attending Walker’s thesis presentation, Healy offered Walker a full-time position as Design Assistant.

“Peta has been as asset to me since she started,” said Healy. “She has a positive, outgoing personality which is always appreciated. Initially, when she started, she was finishing her Thesis project, and though I know how time consuming that can be, she was still very dependable and able to help with impending studio deadlines. I have appreciated Peta’s desire to learn and ask questions. When something is left unclear she makes sure to clarify the intent and understand the task fully. It’s refreshing to have someone who can work both on Interiors and be a help to our architectural team when needed. She’s an asset, and I hope she will be with us for a long time!”

Walker says that her education at FIU prepared her well for her professional experience at Touzet Studio. “The teachers prepared me,” she said. “[T]hey…were honest and open about the reality of our industry.  They didn’t sugarcoat anything, and no matter how high they raised the bar, they provided us with tools [with which] to reach that bar and achieve our goals.” Walker appreciates the support she received from FIU Interior Architecture faculty. “[I]t made a world of difference to have people who believe in you as a designer.”

Walker acquired her BA in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She has been an Administrative Assistant at Hazen & Sawyer, PC., a Logistical Assistant at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and a Design Assistant at CESI, INC. During her time at FIU, Walker was FIU Interior Architecture’s Graduate Assistant for the Online Resource Material Library. She also ran her own unofficial fraternity called “Mama Peta,” for which she is still the caretaker and through which she has created relationships with both her class and undergraduates. Walker, additionally, was the Festival of the Trees Auctioneer from 2011 to 2013. She said she is proud to have been part of this fundraising campaign for education on interior architecture. She said, “…[T]o be a part of making such an event a success is very dear to me and important. FIU has become very important to me and I have learned a lot and want to give back.”

The department would like to thank all of the firms that provide this valuable opportunity of internships to our students. These successful partnerships between the university and the professional world helps strengthen the profession and build new leaders in the discipline.

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