Since 2005, Miami-based ArqGEO has been designing contemporary, technologically informed landscapes to meet the challenges of our changing environment and enhance the user experience. The projects address not only ecological objectives, but also add community value by improving performance and livability.
This large University of Miami vegetative roofing project is very exciting, on many counts. First, it’s a testament to the sustainability commitment of the architect, Arquitectonica, and its landscape architecture firm, ArquitectonicaGEO to create beautiful, nature-based design solutions on such a wide, dizzy expanse of rooftops.
And second, this project required major engineering efforts to create 25 separate greenroofs along with a variety of steep slopes within the infamous Miami hurricane zone – and be approved by Miami-Dade County. Here’s a fantastic example of combined teamwork and great attention to construction details between the University of Miami and the design, waterproofing, and greenroof professionals!
THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI STUDENT HOUSING VILLAGE HAS BEGUN!
Slated to open to residents in the Fall of 2019, the Student Housing Village is the first phase of the University’s 10-year strategic plan to modernize its student housing facilities. Over the next decade, new on-campus housing will re-define what it means to live, learn, work and meet at the University of Miami. From its ground-level community spaces including a large exhibition center and a 200-seat auditorium to its modern suites and apartments for 1,115 upperclass students, the village aims to set a new standard in campus housing.
The Continuum On South Beach, one of the pioneer high-rise luxury condo enclaves in Miami Beach, is on the cusp of major makeover.
Within the next 30 to 60 days, the ArquitectonicaGEO design firm will begin an $8 million revamp of the property surrounding the twin towers on South Pointe, located on the northern shore of the entrance to PortMiami.
The renovation project is designed to get the residents outside and enjoy the fresh air, said Michelle Cintron, vice president at ArquitectonicaGEO. “Our aim is to entice homeowners and their guests to be outside as much as possible,” Cintron said in a statement. “If we increase the lushness for the pedestrian and bring them closer to nature, they are more likely to use their grounds and even arrive by foot instead of by car. This can be achieved by introducing some tropical plants and trees that are native to Florida and more recognizable to everyone.”
A streetscape master plan for the City of Miami’s art district is currently in the works and could be approved and codified into the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District plan as soon as March, according to Albert Garcia, the chair of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID). The master plan is expected to be ratified by the (BID) before the end of the year and go to the city commission afterward.