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Lindsay Dye Featured at the Java Project and Five Myles Gallery

Lindsay Dye (BFA ’11) is featured in a new exhibition at the Java Project called camgURLs and in  an exhibition at Five Myles Gallery called New American Sculpture.

camgURLs is a solo exhibition by Dye, in which she gazes through a multipurpose lens. Acting as the photographer, voyeur, and muse, she traverses between boundaries of making. Her work in the show stems from adolescent kitsch and the desire to be desired. (Source: The Java Project) The exhibition is a collection of images screen-captured from web camera sites, showing “candid stills [that] appear surprisingly staged,” as described on Vice.com’s Motherboard.

New American Sculpture is curated by Dexter Wimberly and highlights the work of nine artists who seek to challenge conventional thinking about sculpture and simultaneously express their cultural agency. The exhibition’s title not only reflects the fact that the exhibited works are new, but also conveys the artists’ fresh approach to three-dimensional art making. As Wimberly said on the Five Myles Gallery website, “For these multidisciplinary artists sculpture is but one aspect of their practice, yet it emerges as the most potent manifestation of their creative output. New American Sculpture serves as a platform for some of their most exciting and insightful work.” (Source: Five Myles Gallery)

Dye was in the FIU Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum‘s 25 Sq. Inches: The Faces of Permanent Collection this past summer, and she was featured in the Atlantic Center for the Arts’s 22nd Annual Student Exhibition as an undergraduate student, for which she was nominated by FIU professors. Upon graduating with her BFA from FIU in 2011, her work was collected by the Frost Art Museum through the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Purchase Award.

Dye graduated from Pratt Institute in 2014 with her Master of Fine Arts in Photography. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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‘camgURLs’ is running until Friday, March 6th, 2015 at The Java Project

camgURLs will run until Friday, March 6th, 2015 at The Java Project: 252 Java Street, Suite #100 Brooklyn, New York 11222.

New American Sculpture will run until Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Five Myles Gallery: 558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. A Curator and Artist Talk will be hosted on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 5PM with Dexter Wimberly, Leonardo Benzant, Lindsay Dye, Kate Stone, and Hugh Hayden.

This article was written with images and information provided directly by The Java Project and Five Myles Gallery.

The images in this article are provided courtesy of Lindsay Dye.

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Tara Penick and Jorge Sanchez Featured in 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame

Tara Penick (BA ’12) and Jorge Sánchez (BFA ’13) are featured in the upcoming 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame exhibition, which will officially open on Wednesday, March 4th at the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

The exhibition, featuring 45 works of art by 30 American artists, was juried by Kristen Gresh, the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Wheaton College cultivates an open spirit of inquiry with a curriculum emphasizing connections across disciplinary boundaries. The 2015 Wheaton Biennial includes the works of photographers whose work reflects a similar spirit of inquiry and a critical reflection on what constitutes the boundaries of the medium in today’s art world. The Beard & Weil Galleries are a vital part of Wheaton’s creative and intellectual life. Exhibitions feature work by contemporary artists in all media, as well as works from Wheaton’s extensive Permanent Collections, spanning ancient Greece to contemporary South Africa. The Galleries’ educational mission encompasses all forms of creative expression in an effort to forge meaningful connections between objects and their histories, student and faculty creative work, art historical research, and critical thinking. The crucial role the visual arts play in a liberal arts education is central to the design and focus of its exhibitions. Photography Beyond The Frame and its corresponding events have been made possible by the generous support of the Wheaton College Friends Of Art. (Source: Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College)

The 2015 Wheaton Biennial: Photography Beyond The Frame will have an opening reception on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at the Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts at Wheaton College: 26 East Main Street, Norton, Massachusetts 02766. For more information, call the galleries at (508) 286-8200.

The galleries will host an artist talk on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 6PM and a lecture entitled “Voice of the Artist: A Lecture by Dimitra Ermeidou” on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:30PM.

All events are free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.

This article was created with images and information provided directly from the website of the Beard & Weil Galleries at Wheaton College.

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Sofia Bastidas Co-directs Blueshift Project, a New Gallery in Wynwood

Sofia Bastidas (BA ’13) is now the co-director of a new gallery that has opened up in the art center that is Wynwood.

The gallery, called Blueshift Project, is a Miami-based contemporary art gallery and exhibition space founded to represent and promote work by a diverse group of critically acclaimed local and international artists. Housed in a 6,000 square-foot-space in Wynwood, Blueshift Project is envisioned as a hub for artistic growth and development and is committed to providing the community with a vibrant gathering place, where diverse art forms, fresh ideas, artists and audiences can come together. Blueshift Project was founded in 2015 by Mexican entrepreneur Eduardo Burillo, whose interest in the ways contemporary art practices shape our environment and can change a city is central to the gallery’s vision and approach. Through multifaceted exhibitions, programs, and collaborations, Blueshift Project aims to support artists’ production, foster public engagement, and bring significant national and international art to Miami audiences. (Source: Blueshift Project/Blueshift Project on Facebook)

Blueshift Project’s inaugural exhibition is entitled Made in New York, curated by Robert Dimin and including work by:

Genesis Belanger
David Brooks
Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw
Caitlin Cherry
Nick Doyle
Irini Miga
Dana Sherwood
Justine Hill

Made in New York will run until Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at Blueshift Project: 175 NW 25 Street, Miami, FL, 33127. A closing reception for the exhibition will be held on March 26th from 6PM-9PM.

An artist talk with Dana Sherwood will take place on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 from 7PM-9PM.

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Japan’s Fuji TV Station Airs Work by Eric Goldemberg and FIU students

On Friday, February 27th (Saturday morning, February 28th in Japan), Fuji TV will air the work of Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg and MONAD Studio partner Veronica Zalcberg.

The television station will feature projects by MONAD Studio and the work it is doing with FIU students for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. At the Javits Center, MONAD Studio is integrating architecture and music with the collaboration of seven FIU Architecture students. This is a new interdisciplinary project with musician Scott F. Hall to create a sonic installation with music performances at the Javits Convention Center by I.M.Pei from April 16th-17th.

This is part of Professor Goldemberg’s research project for his upcoming book FEEDBACK: Architecture + Music, under contract with eVolo and distribution by ACTAR.

MONAD Studio was founded by the College of Architecture + The Arts’ Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor, and Veronica Zalcberg, architect. MONAD Studio is a design research practice focused 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 pulsating activity that results from intense computation gives idiosyncractic personality to the topologies of the designs, creating patterns that operate to transition the diverse scales of representation, reinvigorating the capacity of ornament to provide character and inducing moods and atmosphere through the modified, re-tuned lens of spatial perception and affective alliances. Such rhythmic activity of animate forms is translated to the architectural systems of MONAD Studio as “pulsation.” Pulsation thrives on hyper-charged, syncopated rhythms and sensual drive. It operates via smooth aggregation of discrete, holistically articulated components and de-aggregation of volumes in a state of urban friction, unzipping seams and foraging into spatial crevices charged with rhythmic opportunities.

The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture (China), ‘Architecture in Formation’ book, ‘[En]Coding Architecture’ book, ‘Architecture Xenoculture’ book, ‘Digital Diagram II’ book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), i4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut (Miami), Design Book Magazine (Miami), Summa+ (Argentina), Evolo Magazine (L.A.) among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio was one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 PS1-MoMA competition and the project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. MONAD’s entry was also exhibited in New York at the PS-1 Contemporary Art Center – YAP 10th Anniversary show. (Source: MONAD Studio)

The header image is of a 2-string piezoelectric violin MONAD Studio is designing – one of 5 instruments for the sonic installation at the Javits Convention Center in New York.

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2015 FIU Architecture Scholarship Winners announced!

The 2015 BEA International Scholars and the 2015 Nicolas Quintana Scholars have been announced!

Faculty from the FIU Department of Architecture selected the winners and finalists, who were among a pool of students that applied in January 2015. The BEA International Scholarship Endowment was created to benefit students in the FIU Department of Architecture. This endowment is established in perpetuity. The Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Fund was created to benefit students in the Department of Architecture in memory of architect and educator Nicolas Quintana.

2015 BEA Scholarship Finalists:

Design 4:
Alejandro Gutierrez
Nathalie Restrepo
Ekaterini Kokalias

Design 6:
Brian Rivera
Juan Gatica
Alejandro Diaz
 
2015 Quintana Scholarship Winners:
Santasha Hart
Julia Sarduy

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FIU Alumni Work at Prominent Cultural Institution Perez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened to the public on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Once the Miami Art Museum, the newly designed facility at Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay is one of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions. The Pérez Art Museum Miami building – providing 200,000 square feet for exhibition space, an auditorium, dining, and leisure – was designed by internationally renowned and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meruon. They are known for projects such as the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland, the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest), and 1111 Lincoln Road.

Since the opening of PAMM, the museum has hired many FIU alumni. Among them are:

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Education:
Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89)
Aurora Molina (BFA ’07)
Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History)

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Retail:
Michael Balbone (BFA ’02; Minor in Art History)
Kenny Jones (BFA ’12; Minor in Art History)
Nicole Espaillat (BA in Art History; ’12)

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Visitor Services:
Jason Blyskal (BBA ’14)
Pamela Gonzalez (BA in Arts ’14; Minor in Art History)
Cristina Urdaneta (BBA in Marketing ’12; Certificate in Retail Marketing ’12)
Cassandia Bellevue (BA in Environmental Studies ’14)
Felipe Melendrez (BFA ’13; Minor in Art History)

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Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89) and Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History)

Mariela Pritikin (BA in Arts ’08; Minor in Art History) expressed how her graduate school experience at Bankstreet College of Education and undergraduate work at FIU prepared her for her current position at PAMM as the Studio Programs Manager. “What always comes to mind [from my time at FIU] are the many, many discussions we had in class [at FIU], guided by our professor [Chair Jacek J. Kolasinski]. We really just sat down and dedicated the time to talking about some of the pieces we saw projected . . . and this really helped developed my visual thinking skills by dissecting some of the themes and processes of the work that we were exploring. That always stayed with me.”

Pritikin explains how she continues this experience even after graduation. “I think that’s something I’ll always remember, and something I try to contribute here when all our educators meet to discuss upcoming programming [at PAMM].”

Kerry Keeler (BFA ’89), PAMM’s Curator of Education for Outreach Programs, also has fond memories of her education at FIU. She mentioned the names of faculty that impacted her, such as Professor William Burke and Professor William Maguire.

Keeler also explained why it is important for her to work in a museum like PAMM, in a city like Miami. She said that during her employment at the Historical Museum of South Florida, “job offers came from New York, and [she] turned them down.” She said that, at the time, “the momentum was starting [in Miami],” and that she wanted to be there to experience it.

“I was working at the Historical Museum,” she said, “when the Miami Art Museum became a collecting institution and started an education department . . . I really wanted to stay here and be a part of this great Renaissance in this tropical, unusual place. I fell in love with Miami and fell in love with what was happening here.”

Keeler said that one of her goals for her professional career at PAMM is to teach “art disguised as fun.” At PAMM, she emphasizes “education that takes art into the social issues realm, political issues realm, global issues realm” and that turns “the personal into the global.” Her ultimate goal is to allow the people of Miami to feel that the cultural institution of PAMM is their own.

The FIU Art + Art History Department and the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts is proud to have its alumni working at such a prominent institution, a sophisticated artistic and educational hub that serves as an important feature of both Miami-Dade County and the art world beyond the county limits.

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Cruise Ship and Super Yacht Program Welcomes Italian Naval Architecture Students to Miami

As part of the FIU Interior Architecture’s Cruise Ship & Super Yacht Design Certificate’s cultural exchange program,  FIU students collaborated with  Italian naval architecture students and faculty from the Università degli Studi di Genova for two weeks of activities at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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Professor of Architecture Massimo Musio-Sale teaches CSSY students at FIU

To prepare its students, the Interior Architecture department invited Professor of Naval Architecture Massimo Musio-Sale from the Università degli Studi di Genova to introduce FIU’s CSSY students  to the fundamentals of yacht design. His lecture series and workshop covered the designs of boats, motorboats, and sailboats. The workshop ended with a visit to the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and a tour of Ferretti Group Yachts by Giuseppina Arena, Architect and Interior Designer for Ferretti Group Americas.

The following week brought twelve students from the Italian Naval Architecture program of Università degli Studi di Genova to FIU’s MMC campus for the cultural exchange workshop. Activities for the week-long workshop began with a tour of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship, and a visit to Studio B on-board. Studio B is the focus of the design challenge for the week’s exchange workshop which required students to propose a new function and design for the area of the ship. The purpose was to create an area that would attract millennials to cruising and build brand loyalty among this demographic. Before embarking on the design challenge, Greg Walton, Vice President of RTKL Miami, presented a lecture on the Royal Caribbean brand. The week culminated with final design presentations and a reception at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

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Students tour Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

 

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Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg Exhibits at Art Wynwood

From February 12th to 16th, Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg, along with MONAD Studio partner Veronica Zalcberg, participated in Art Wynwood.

MONAD Studio exhibited its work “Farfalla,” a modular candleholder system whose individual components can be made to order. The piece was constructed in two days and nights using mixed media, laser cuts, and 3D printing. The work was presented as an installation at Artstop, an event-space of Art Wynwood. It was done in collaboration with fashion designer Luis Valenzuela, showing an interdisciplinary approach to the creation of art. The name of the joint installation was “Colonize” and articulated several scales of mutant butterflies fluttering with menace and grace.

MONAD Studio was founded by the College of Architecture + The Arts’ Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor, and Veronica Zalcberg, architect. MONAD Studio is a design research practice focused 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 pulsating activity that results from intense computation gives idiosyncractic personality to the topologies of the designs, creating patterns that operate to transition the diverse scales of representation, reinvigorating the capacity of ornament to provide character and inducing moods and atmosphere through the modified, re-tuned lens of spatial perception and affective alliances. Such rhythmic activity of animate forms is translated to the architectural systems of MONAD Studio as “pulsation.” Pulsation thrives on hyper-charged, syncopated rhythms and sensual drive. It operates via smooth aggregation of discrete, holistically articulated components and de-aggregation of volumes in a state of urban friction, unzipping seams and foraging into spatial crevices charged with rhythmic opportunities.

The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture (China), ‘Architecture in Formation’ book, ‘[En]Coding Architecture’ book, ‘Architecture Xenoculture’ book, ‘Digital Diagram II’ book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), i4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut (Miami), Design Book Magazine (Miami), Summa+ (Argentina), Evolo Magazine (L.A.) among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio was one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 PS1-MoMA competition and the project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. MONAD’s entry was also exhibited in New York at the PS-1 Contemporary Art Center – YAP 10th Anniversary show. (Source: MONAD Studio)

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Architecture Students Visit Savannah to Study the City’s Structure

Students in the FIU Department of Architecture visited Savannah during the weekend of January 23rd – 25th. 96 students from Graduate Design 6 and Formative Studio were joined on the trip by Jason Chandler (Chair and Associate Professor), Adam Drisin (Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), Cynthia Ottchen (Adjunct Faculty), Nathaly Haratz (Adjunct Faculty), Glenda Puente (Adjunct Faculty), and Armando Rigau (Adjunct Faculty).

Students examined Savannah’s clear and explicit city edge along the Savannah River, the city’s urban structure, and grand private homes that measure up to the scale of public buildings. They also studied the infill housing structure in the city, the commercial buildings on Main Street, and Savannah’s square and block typology. Students were assigned to create sketches that related and responded to their experiences in the historic port town.

Those who participated in the trip took various walking tours across Savannah. They visited sites such as the Telfair Academy building, 8-10 East Taylor Street on Monterey Square, the Jepson Center, and Telfair Square.

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Rochi Llaneza (FIU BFA ’04) Curates Exhibition by Alumni and CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Robert Zuckerman

On February 28th, MAC ART will present an exhibition entitled Who Keeps the Dog? for the Flagler Art Walk.

The exhibition features a handful of alumni from FIU Art + Art History. Additionally, the exhibit includes the work of Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman, one of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Dean’s Distinguished Fellows (CARTA News: September 2014).

Who Keeps the Dog? is curated by FIU alumna Rochi Llaneza (BFA ’04), who bases the exhibition off of an essay she read called “Man’s Sacred Relationship with the Animal Kingdom.” Llaneza explains on MAC ART’s website, ” . . . [the author] talks about how humans have to be more kind and respectful to the animal kingdom because of reasons we all know or should know by now. She articulates clearly our common ‘sensitivities’ and ‘evolutionary path.'”

Llaneza further describes the theme of Who Keeps the Dog; “in this select group of art works I go to the other end of the pendulum and address our passion for the animal kingdom.  A portrayal of how these artists take on with aggressiveness, compassion, love and defiance their association to the subject matter . . . [I] hope the title helps describe the argument.”

The artists featured in Who Keeps the Dog? are:

Nestor Arenas
Uma Blandon (Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase winner)
James Brutus
Martin Casuso (FIU BFA ’02)
Julie Friel (FIU BFA ’99)
Melissa Menendez (Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase winner)
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Magdalena Ortiz (FIU BFA ’02)
Guillermo Portieles
Claudio Roncoli
Barbara Rivera (FIU MFA ’04)
Maitejosune Urrechaga (FIU BS in Art Education ’02)
Robert Zuckerman

Who Keeps the Dog? will be on display for the Flagler Art Walk from 6PM-10PM at MAC ART: 833 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information, call (954) 990-5420.

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Roberto Rovira Participates in Frost Museum of Science Innovation & Engineering Weekend

Roberto Rovira, Chair of FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design, will be a moderator, panelist, and workshop participant in Innovation & Engineering Weekend: Building the City of the Future, a weekend of events hosted by The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to open in 2016.

Rovira will participate in the following two events, the latter of which is open to the public:

Thursday, February 19th – CappSci Press Conference
Location: Ten Museum Park

The Museum will invite regional media to an informative press conference and panel discussion announcing a five-year, $1 million Inventor-in-Residence program for the new museum’s Innovation Center. Funded by CappSci, founded by Dr. Ted Caplow & Pascale van Kipnis Caplow, the program will seek solutions to sustainability challenges. Information and details on the program and prize will be unveiled at the press conference, followed by a formal panel discussion featuring local and international luminaries in the field of innovation and sustainability. A welcome will be provided by Trish and Dan Bell.

The panel theme is “How Science Advances Through Competition.”

Panelists include:
Gillian Thomas, CEO and President of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Maurice Ferre, Former Mayor of Miami
Ted Caplow, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of CappSci
Susan Skemp, Executive Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center


 

Science-Up-Close-IEFrost-February-19Thursday, February 19thScience Up Close:  Inhabiting the Internet of Things (Open to the public)
Estimated Guest Count: 80-100
Time: 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Location: Space Gallery

Join us for the second installment of the Museum’s popular Science Up Close event series, an evening of casual science conversations, with this edition featuring Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Dean el-Khoury is an architect and designer who researches architectural applications for information technology. His goal is to develop enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities with the idea of embedded technologies. His ideas are at the forefront of the field and he is leading the way as an innovator for the city of the future. Rodolphe el-Khoury describes a not-too-distant future in which “the internet of things” will become a reality, and the line between the digital and real worlds is increasingly blurred. In this world, our homes, workplaces, and the objects within them will all be wirelessly connected, intelligent, and responsive.

After this presentation, enjoy small group discussions led by leaders in innovating the city of the future, including: Wifredo Fernandez, MDC Idea Center, CREATE Accelerator; Robert Garfinkle, Science Museum of Minnesota; Pandwe Gibson, EcoTech Visions; Jane Gilbert, Wells Fargo; Erica Halverson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ric Herrero, MIAMad; Tameka Linnell, The Human Collective; Laura Maydon, Endeavor Miami; Maria Nardi, MDC Parks; Roberto Rovira, FIU.

The event takes place in a casual atmosphere with live performances by the Frost School of Music and craft beers courtesy of Wynwood Brewing Company. Light refreshments will also be provided. Complimentary admission via RSVP.


Friday, February 20th – City of the Future Workshop
Location: Space Gallery

Invited guests will join in a workshop about the city of the future led by Gehl Studio. Attendees will participate in a constructive and informative dialogue, responding to artists’ interpretations and other visual prompts displayed on the walls of the Space Gallery to contribute their ideas and express their opinions about how they envision energy, environment, transportation, and architecture and design in the city of the future. Please see separate list for attendees.

 

All information about the events mentioned in this article, in addition to all images in this article, are provided courtesy of The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

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FIU LAEUD welcomes Linda Chamorro as New Adjunct Faculty Member

Linda Chamorro is a new Adjunct Faculty member at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD). This Spring semester, at CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios, Chamorro is teaching Landscape Architecture Graduate Design 4: Landscape Hybrids for Miami Beach Urban Ecology. 

Chamorro took coursework at Florida International University in Subtropical Ecology and Local Flora in 1996. In 2003, she graduated magna cum laude from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, concentrating in photography and studio arts, and with an Arts Division Award. In 2010, she received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where several of her studio projects were selected for exhibition and publication.

In addition to her academic training in landscape architecture, Chamorro has an extensive background in the visual arts and a diverse range of professional experiences including Communications Director for an NGO in Nicaragua, art direction, graphic design, photography, and textile design.

Chamorro is a Miami-based landscape designer and artist interested in the combined potential of these disciplines to re-imagine our relationship to natural and built environments. Since 2013, Chamorro has been working independently as a landscape design consultant for mostly residential landscapes in Miami and Nicaragua. She is currently working on a master plan for an arboretum and ecological park in Nicaragua, which will serve as a botanical collection for native and introduced trees, as well as provide an educational and recreational program for the public.

Chamorro has also worked on several public art proposals and commissions, both independently and collaboratively. Recently she was a finalist for two proposals commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, the Zoo Miami amphitheater canopy and Haulover Park promenade and schematic site design recommendations. Additionally, Chamorro has worked for several local landscape architecture practices in Miami and apprenticed with the renowned public art and design collective Rebar in San Francisco, where she had the opportunity to work on a public art installation in Denmark, a landscape design for Kezar Triangle in Golden Gate Park, and a pedestrian walkway and urban plaza for Bartlett Street in San Francisco.

Chamorro draws her love of art and environments from her early years spent mostly outdoors in sub-tropical Miami. She has lived in Miami, Managua, Boston, western Massachusetts, Oregon, and California, and brings the experience and perspective of these places into her work.

We are pleased to welcome Linda to the FIU LAEUD family!

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FIU Eco-Couture Will Promote Sustainability Through Fashion on April 2nd

Last year, the FIU Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show attracted more than 300 visitors to the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture courtyard, at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event will return again this April, with expectations of an even greater turnout and a new display of intelligent, environmentally-conscious designs.

FIU Architecture alumna Amira Ajlouni (M.Arch ’14) started Eco-Couture in Spring 2014. At the time, the fashion show was a part of her thesis project, but she is now continuing it as a new tradition for the FIU School of Architecture with the help of current FIU Architecture student Jennifer Luis. Ajlouni said of the event last year that “the students’ work was well designed, the materials they used were unique, and the way they used them was innovative. Furthermore, the presentation and modeling were high quality, very impressive.” When asked about the genesis of her idea, she said that she “wanted people to see recycled materials in a different light . . . I also wanted people to be inspired . . . Finally, I wanted to start a tradition.”

Eco-Couture was created with the purpose of promoting sustainability through fashion. Through collaborative effort from FIU students, the FIU Office of Sustainability, and Florida International University’s School of Architecture, Eco-Couture features a recycled fashion show competition, giveaways of recycled projects, and recycled art installations. Through this event, Eco-Couture strives to educate and inspire the community about good recycling habits and a sustainable lifestyle. Students from FIU will create and display outfits that are made only of recycled materials, and they will be modeled on a runway at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building. (Source: FIU Eco-Couture)

The FIU Eco-Couture Recycled Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at the FIU Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building courtyard, on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus: 11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, Florida 33199. Free and open to the public.

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Marta Canaves and Marilys Nepomechie Moderate Panel on Sea Level Rise

On February 12th, 2015, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami jointly sponsored Designing the Resilient City, a panel discussion offered in conjunction with the exhibition MIAMI 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century.   Addressing a standing-room-only crowd at the Coral Gables Museum, Professors and exhibition co-curators Marilys Nepomechie (FIU Architecture) and Marta Canaves (FIU LAEUD) moderated presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Pittman and Daniel Vassini, key members in the internationally renowned architecture and landscape architecture practices of BIG; OMA | AMO and West 8.  The ensuing discussion was stimulating, thought-provoking and robust.  The event brought MIAMI 2100 to wide public attention, and continued to place FIU at the center of important conversations focused on the critical necessity of building resilience to climate change, sea level rise, and, in response to our unique environmental conditions, to the evolving form of our urban region.

MIAMI 2100 takes a comprehensive look at the topic of climate change and sea level rise, with a focus on our region and on the broad range of disciplinary research currently underway on our natural and built environments. FIU Architecture Instructor Eric Peterson, working with a team of architecture and landscape architecture students, configured the exhibition galleries, and constructed a large-scale interactive model of Miami which utilizes LiDAR data to depict the predicted effects of sea level rise on the city over the coming century.

From the exhibition narrative:

Experts predict that over the next 100 years, significant portions of our city will be substantively affected by rising sea levels. MIAMI 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century is an exhibition about planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami presented by the Florida International University School of Architecture. A topic that hits close to home is met with scientifically grounded optimism in this solution-oriented exhibit of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design strategies that can support the adaptation and transformation of existing infrastructure, neighborhoods, structures and regulations to ensure resilient future development.

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, and the CINTAS Foundation, the interactive, multi-media exhibition integrates broad expert and community voices as it poses key questions regarding climate science, while presenting both the challenges and the opportunities created by changing environmental conditions and rising sea levels. The exhibit incorporates student projects completed over a 3-year period through graduate research studios and seminars in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Florida International University….[E]xhibit curators Marta Canavés and Marilys Nepomechie directed academic explorations that can inform the important community planning that will allow Miami to remain a vibrant and increasingly desirable place to live for years to come. (Source: Coral Gables Museum).

Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century will remain on view until March 1st, 2015. For museum admission fees, visit the Coral Gables Museum online.

The header image is provided courtesy of Branko Micic.

This article was written with the help of Marilys Nepomechie and Marta Canavés.

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Chair of FIU LAEUD is a 2015 Emerging Voice!

Roberto Rovira, Chair of FIU Landscape Architecture + Urban Design, has been selected by The Architectural League of NY as one of the 2015 Emerging Voices!

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment. This year’s jury included Cynthia Davidson, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Louise Harpman, Paul Lewis, Toshiko Mori, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach. (Source: The Architectural League of NY)

As a winner, Rovira will present a lecture on March 12th with Brian Phillips (ISA, Philadelphia). He will be introduced by Susannah Drake, principal and founder of dlandstudio pllc and a member of this year’s Emerging Voices committee. The lecture will take place at 7PM at the Scholastic Auditorium: 557 Broadway, New York. For ticketing information, click here.

The 2015 Emerging Voices are:

Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch
Aranda\Lasch, New York and Tucson

Manuel Cervantes Cespedes
MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS, Mexico City

Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi
AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, Mexico City

Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto
Principals, Atelier ARS°, Guadalajara

Neri Oxman
Architect, Founder and Director, Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge

Brian Phillips
Principal, ISA, Philadelphia

Roberto Rovira
Studio Roberto Rovira, Miami

Elizabeth Whittaker
Principal, Merge Architects, Boston

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For more information about the 2015 winners, click here.

Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Maharam, and the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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FIU’s Professional Office Practice Course Conducts PROsessions for Students

Katie Rothfield, Instructor at FIU Interior Architecture, has organized a series of special talks in Professional Office Practice (IND 5508), a course she is teaching this Spring 2015 semester.

The series is called PROsessions, and thus far has featured speakers like Ricky Husty (International Interior Design Association (IIDA) SFL President), Jeffrey Gillis (American Society of Interior Designers), Tina Shaffran (The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH)), Philip Abbott (Associate in Design at FIU Interior Architecture), and Rob Blakeslee (Blakeslee Design President). These talks have covered topics such as the benefits of joining professional associations, professional ethics and etiquette, and career paths for an interior designer.

During the rest of the semester, the roster of speakers will cover the subjects of personal branding, video production, internship experiences, professional post-graduation experiences, interviewing, personal marketing packages, and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam.

Professional Office Practice focuses on three key areas: career preparation, business practices, and professional services/project management. The course covers topics such as professional requirements, ethics and professional responsibility, career options and preparation, business formations, marketing strategies, contracts and fees, legal responsibilities, business plans, project phases, and the future of the profession of interiors. The values of professional responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness are also addressed.

The header image is of David Truong from USGBC, presenting to students in the Professional Office Practice course.

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Martin and Dr. Constance Silver, M.S.W. Award Art in Public Interiors Scholarships

On Thursday, January 22nd, Martin and Dr. Constance Silver, M.S.W. handed out the Fall 2014 Art in Public Interiors awards to students in the Master of Interior Architecture program.

Three students from each design studio were selected as award recipients. Each student was given a scholarship according to his/her ranking. The scholarship funds devoted to the Art in Public Interiors program amounted to a total amount of $7,000, thanks to Martin and Dr. Constance Silver.

The following students from the following design studios received Art in Public Interiors Awards. They were awarded for being the best who integrated artwork and collections of art into their interior architecture designs.

Design 3
1st – Daniel Ruggero ($1,000)
2nd – Nishita Aswani ($500)
3rd – Leeann Evron ($250)

Grad 1
1st – Amy Alonso ($1,000)
2nd – Anamary Fernandez ($500)
3rd – Francene Halili ($250)

Grad 3
1st – Adriana Lacruz ($1,000)
2nd – Monica Fuentes ($500)
3rd – Frank Baster ($250)

Grad 5
1st – Michelle Jardine ($1,000)
2nd – Fatma Hasanian ($500)
3rd – Alejandra Saul ($250)

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Kevin Patterson Wins 1st Place in Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Essay Contest

FIU Architecture student Kevin Patterson placed first in the 2014-2015 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Essay Contest, hosted by the FIU Office of Multicultural Programs and Services. Kevin’s first place award includes a $2,000 stipend towards his FIU tuition for one academic year, a $500 book award, and a meal award. The Department of Architecture at FIU would like to congratulate Kevin on this great achievement, which he received for his outstanding essay and stellar GPA.

Kevin explained he decided to compete in this particular essay contest; “MLK has inspired me ever since I was a child.  I’ve done book reports and read a lot about him. His vision of peace and equality is a big part of why the United states is where it is today.  It reinforces how education is the greatest demonstration of freedom and how, with it, it is the greatest equalizer.”

Below is FIU Architecture student Kevin Patterson’s winning essay for the 2014-2015 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Essay Contest.

His Vision: Our Responsibility

Kevin Patterson

One of the biggest defining moments in history was the delivery of the I Have a Dream speech given in 1963 in Washington DC by Dr. Martin Luther King. He claimed that day to be the greatest demonstration of freedom that the nation would ever see. His vision for equality of the people of the free world has been realized today, and he would be proud to see what she has become, but he would not be satisfied. Racial inequality is still precedent in our country but we have evolved as more accepting beings with far less hatred in our hearts to those different than us. Today we are faced with a growing divide between the “haves” and “have nots” that is enabling economic disparity to thrive. His vision of ending racial inequality can be fully realized through the power of education.

Today, education is the greatest demonstration of freedom. The best way to unify our nation together as brothers and sisters and heal the wounds of economic distress and racial divide is through equal, accessible, and affordable education. It was Dr. King’s wish that one day people could “…live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” (King para. 9). Education is the great equalizer that allows everyone to be judged through the quality of their character and not by their socioeconomic class, gender, or color of skin. Education is the strongest weapon that can be used to inflict change. If education were the main focus in our society and used as a platform to end racial discrimination we can fulfill his vision.

Access to quality education is “still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” (para. 3). Once we can overcome this barrier then our nation can truly be free and bask in the sun of freedom and equality if we believe that the system can change. We have forgotten the words of our Founding Fathers upon which our country was built, which promised life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We continue to be fearful of standing up for the change we wish to see in the world and advocate for justice. This is our responsibility that we owe to Dr. King who died for his Dream. It is easy to believe that we can no longer connect to his dream and manifest his vision because racial inequality and civil rights is a time behind us, but his dream is still very much alive. It has merely taken a different shape and we must be critical enough to see it and act upon it in his memory. Dr. King encouraged advocacy for equality and asked his followers to believe that change will come. Our responsibility remains the same as it did in 1963 and we too must still believe that change will come if we are brave enough to advocate for equal and accessible education and start dialogue about the issue to lead a movement as great as Dr. King once did.

Works Cited

King, Dr. Martin Luther. “I Have A Dream” Lincoln Memorial Steps, Washington D.C., D.C.. 28 August 1963. Speech.

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Registration for the SOA Career Fair Now Open!

School of Architecture Career Fair
Architecture – Interior Architecture – Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design
 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM
 
Recruiting top talent for your firm? The Florida International University School of Architecture (SOA) Career Fair is the perfect opportunity to engage top Master’s students from our nationally ranked programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design.
 
The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree prepares students in design, sustainability, history/theory/criticism, sea-level rise, digital fabrication, and a whole host of interdisciplinary areas. The CIDA accredited Department of Interior Architecture, ranked as the nation’s 9th best interior design graduate program in the country, provides its students a gateway to the profession through an engaging education in the technical, theoretical, social, and historical element of designing evocative interior architecture. The LAAB accredited Master of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design degree prepares students for research and practice while focusing on the analysis, planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment of urban, tropical, and subtropical landscapes.
 
The School of Architecture has an estimated 130 students graduating from the three Master’s programs in 2015. The SOA Career Fair is open to students graduating in 2015. As a placement style fair, each organization will have the opportunity to review student resumes and portfolios to select qualified candidates for current openings. Organizations must submit their candidate selections by March 18, 2015. After the candidate selection period, additional interview spaces will be open for all graduating students to register. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 each organization will receive a private room to conduct 15 minute one-on-one interviews. Lunch will be provided.
 
Please contact Kelly Meyer, SOA Special Clerk of Events at 305-348-6481 or krmeyer@fiu.edu with any questions.
 
Registration Fees:
Early Registration (Before March 6, 2015): $150
Late Registration (After March 6, 2015): $250
 
All proceeds of this event will support student activities in the School of Architecture.

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Marilys Nepomechie and Marta Canaves Moderate Panel on Sea Level Rise

On February 12th, 2015, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami jointly sponsored Designing the Resilient City, a panel discussion offered in conjunction with the exhibition MIAMI 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century.   Addressing a standing-room-only crowd at the Coral Gables Museum, Professors and exhibition co-curators Marilys Nepomechie (FIU Architecture) and Marta Canaves (FIU LAEUD) moderated presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Pittman and Daniel Vassini, key members in the internationally renowned architecture and landscape architecture practices of BIG; OMA | AMO and West 8.  The ensuing discussion was stimulating, thought-provoking and robust.  The event brought MIAMI 2100 to wide public attention, and continued to place FIU at the center of important conversations focused on the critical necessity of building resilience to climate change, sea level rise, and, in response to our unique environmental conditions, to the evolving form of our urban region.

MIAMI 2100 takes a comprehensive look at the topic of climate change and sea level rise, with a focus on our region and on the broad range of disciplinary research currently underway on our natural and built environments. FIU Architecture Instructor Eric Peterson, working with a team of architecture and landscape architecture students, configured the exhibition galleries, and constructed a large-scale interactive model of Miami which utilizes LiDAR data to depict the predicted effects of sea level rise on the city over the coming century.

From the exhibition narrative:

Experts predict that over the next 100 years, significant portions of our city will be substantively affected by rising sea levels. MIAMI 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century is an exhibition about planning for climate change and sea level rise in Greater Miami presented by the Florida International University School of Architecture. A topic that hits close to home is met with scientifically grounded optimism in this solution-oriented exhibit of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design strategies that can support the adaptation and transformation of existing infrastructure, neighborhoods, structures and regulations to ensure resilient future development.

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, and the CINTAS Foundation, the interactive, multi-media exhibition integrates broad expert and community voices as it poses key questions regarding climate science, while presenting both the challenges and the opportunities created by changing environmental conditions and rising sea levels. The exhibit incorporates student projects completed over a 3-year period through graduate research studios and seminars in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Florida International University….[E]xhibit curators Marta Canavés and Marilys Nepomechie directed academic explorations that can inform the important community planning that will allow Miami to remain a vibrant and increasingly desirable place to live for years to come. (Source: Coral Gables Museum).

Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century will remain on view until March 1st, 2015. For museum admission fees, visit the Coral Gables Museum online.

The header image is provided courtesy of Branko Micic.

This article was written with the help of Marilys Nepomechie and Marta Canavés.

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