Since 2005, Miami-based ArquitectonicaGEO has been designing contemporary, technologically informed landscapes to meet the challenges of our changing environment and enhance the user experience.
Beyond creating outdoor spaces that positively influence people – we want visitors, residents, and patrons to enjoy the process of getting there. We care deeply about the human experience and how the users will feel, act, respond, and enjoy the places we create.
Arquitectonica and Its Latin American Contribution to Modernism
archdaily | by Andres Duany | March 24, 2023
[ excerpt ] At the University of Miami, Arquitectonica raised the pilotis to triple that minimum height. The ceiling above does not just disappear—it defines a kind of sublime wall-less nave (also to be experienced in their new Mr. C Hotel in nearby Coconut Grove). It is exhilarating to be in such a surprisingly tall space, which, backfilled with ArquitectonicaGEO’s scrum of landscape, is a delightful place for human activity. The observer passing through these hovering dormitories perceives neither impediment nor oppression, but rather a breezy, sunny freedom. And the cost? Just a few more feet of uninsulated column and a couple more flights of stairs. This involved a tiny budget supplement to yield so magnificent a place.
This result is a radical juxtaposition, not a blending, of two different types. Above is that bane of modern architecture, the repetitive program, which for the sake of both economy and function must be rectilinear and expressed as such. Below is the agile agglomeration of piercing routes and pools of space hyper-programmed for students, from barbers to cafés to volleyball. At the ground level, the building offers a picturesque shantytown urbanism, while the upper portion accommodates the serious program with mechanistic efficiency.
Plan for a greener more welcoming Wynwood is approved.
The dramatic transformation of Wynwood’s forlorn warehouse district into hip neighborhood happened so quickly that its concrete-dominated public realm — the cracked, narrow sidewalks and hazardous, sun-baked streets bereft of trees or greenery — hasn’t caught up.
That might be changing soon. An elaborate, environmentally friendly and even quirky new streetscape plan, approved unanimously by the Miami Commission on Oct. 22, could help complete Wynwood’s makeover by gradually turning it into one of the city’s greenest and most welcoming neighborhoods for pedestrians and people on bikes.
The plan envisions a linear park and street-end parklets along the Florida East Coast railway tracks that mark Wynwood’s eastern boundary, and a similar “edge park” along its border with Interstate 95. It calls for a profusion of green and flowering trees and plants along new, wider sidewalks throughout. And it lays out a clearly demarcated network of pedestrian pathways, safer street crossings and bicycle lanes across the neighborhood’s compact, 50-block grid.
ArquitectonicaGEO’s BOOK RELEASE
‘GEOBIOMIAMI’ presents an overview of the various issues and topics addressed by her practice – green infrastructure, climate change, storm water management, etc. – and explores the value that landscape architecture brings to a project. Designed by Irma Boom, the book takes shape as a dense collage of projects, sketches, bright colours, and insightful analyses, and also includes an introduction by landscape architect Charles Birnbaum.
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500 Alton Project begins construction of 3-acre Public Park
remiamibeach | by Susan Askew | July 25, 2020
The wait is finally over for neighbors of the vacant South Shore Hospital site. The developers of the 500 Alton Road project, which sits at one of the gateways to Miami Beach, have begun construction on an adjacent 3-acre public park, one of the key public benefits promised in exchange for approval to build a tall narrow luxury residential tower on the southern end of the property. The park, dubbed Canopy Park, is located in the 600 and 700 blocks. It will include open greenspaces, a native tree canopy, pedestrian and bike paths, an outdoor gym and dog run, a MONSTRUM-designed children’s playground, and public art displays.
According to an announcement of the park, those features include:
- Habitat Restoration
- Vegetation, Biodiversity and Native Plant Communities
- Irrigation, Water Conservation, and Rainwater Management
“Canopy Park will be a gateway for the City of Miami Beach, a destination for visitors, and an everyday amenity for residents, so we’ve taken the time to assemble a team of design, art and planning visionaries who have led some of the most transformational projects in the world,” said David Martin, President of Terra. “The end result will be an active park and design experience that rivals public spaces in the world’s greatest cities.”
The team working on the park includes architects Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Raymond Fort of Arquitectonica; landscape architect Laurinda Spear of ArquitectonicaGEO (ArqGEO); design advisors Daniel Vasini of West 8, Anda Andrei of Anda Andrei Design, and Michael Gabellini and Kim Sheppard of Gabellini Sheppard Associates; and art advisor Lisa Austin.