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Plan for a greener more welcoming Wynwood is approved.

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.

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Wynwood streetscape plan gets a thumb’s-up

Wynwood streetscape plan gets a thumb’s-up

Miami Today News | by Gabriel Poblete | September 22, 2020

A proposed vision for greener and more pedestrian-friendly streets in Wynwood is a step closer to being realized.

The Planning, Zoning and Appeals board recommended approval of the Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan on Sept. 16. It sets guidelines that would dictate the build-out of Wynwood streets.

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Internationally Recognized Architectural Firm For New Theatre And Education Center

Internationally Recognized Architectural Firm For New Theatre And Education Center

www.broadwayworld.com – Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theatre is embarking on a $45 million capital campaign for its new campus that will be located on a three-acre parcel in Naples Square at the corner of 1st Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road. A third of the funding has already been completed for the new theatre.

Slated to be a cultural landmark for downtown Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse has announced the selection of its architectural firm for its new theatre and education center. A major presence on the national and international architectural stage, H3, a design studio within Arquitectonica specializing in theatres and arts and culture buildings, has designed some of the most prominent theaters in the country, including the Claire Tow Theatre and Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, the Dijon Performing Arts Center in France, the Theatre for a New Audience in New York, the renovation of Radio City Music Hall and the Denver Performing Arts Center, the nation’s second largest center for the arts after the Lincoln Center.

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ArquitectonicaGEO Proposes WynwoodWalks as part of the Streetscape and Street Tree Master Plan Project - First Look

ArquitectonicaGEO Proposes WynwoodWalks as part of the Streetscape and Street Tree Master Plan Project - First Look

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WynwoodWalks would become a network of pathways, edge parks, woonerfs, and a wellness loop connecting the entire neighborhood.

Three living streets known as woonerfs are proposed, including NW 3rd Avenue (already in design by Brooklyn’s Local Office Landscape), NW 1st Avenue, and NW 1st Place. Those streets would be primarily designed for pedestrians and cyclists and as a social gathering space.

Construction for the new University of Miami Student Housing Village has begun!

Construction for the new University of Miami Student Housing Village has begun!

With majestic views of Lake Osceola, roof-top green spaces, and rain garden, this LEED-certified construction will redefine on-campus housing at the U.

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.

VIDEO: ULI Recognizes Bernado Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

VIDEO: ULI Recognizes Bernado Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Celebration of the 2017 ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients, Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, founders of Arquitectonica.

Founded in 1977, Arquitectonica received critical and popular attention and acclaim almost from its inception, thanks to a bold modernism that was immediately identified with a renaissance in Miami’s urban landscape.  Principals Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear have continued exploring and pushing the limits of their innovative use of geometry, pattern, and color to introduce a new brand of humanistic modern design to the world.  Today their practice spans the globe, with projects in 58 countries on five continents.

Bernardo and Laurinda’s designs defined a new vision of modern Miami and have carried the banner of Miami architecture around the world with skyscrapers, opera houses, resorts and new cities.

Perez Art Museum Miami Wins ASLA Honor Award

Perez Art Museum Miami Wins ASLA Honor Award

The built and natural environments merged to form something new and amazing in Miami: The Perez Art Museum. One of the most fascinating recent uses of integrated design, the museum features a hanging garden and a complementary, tropical landscape filled with native plants and irrigated by the building itself. Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and landscape designers at ArquitectonicaGEO, the museum is a prime example of multidisciplinary team-driven sustainable design.
Related donates Icon Bay park in Edgewater to city of Miami

Related donates Icon Bay park in Edgewater to city of Miami

The Real Deal — The Related Group donated a park to the city of Miami, adjacent to the 42-story, 301-unit Icon Bay development.
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Miami Beach's iconic Continuum towers are getting a luxury makeover amid name change

Miami Beach's iconic Continuum towers are getting a luxury makeover amid name change

SunSentinel | by David Lyons on May 01, 2019

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.”

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAKESIDE VILLAGE - 25 EXTENSIVE GREEN ROOFS

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAKESIDE VILLAGE - 25 EXTENSIVE GREEN ROOFS

Greenroofs.com | By Linda Velazquez | January 14, 2020

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!

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500 Alton Project begins construction of 3-acre Public Park

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.

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Frost Science Museum Has Become a Magnetic Draw in Miami

Frost Science Museum Has Become a Magnetic Draw in Miami

METROPOLIS MAGAZINE – In development for more than a decade, the project boasts a showstopping aquarium and architecture that breathes in ocean breezes.
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Here Are City Centre's Metromover Station & Hotel Pool Deck

Here Are City Centre's Metromover Station & Hotel Pool Deck

Curbed — A Curbed reader writes in to say he spotted renderings and plans of the improved Brickell City Centre Metromover Station, the pool deck of the Centre’s East Hotel, and details of two residential entrances at ArquitectonicaGeo’s website.
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Can cars and pedestrians safely share a Miami street? Wynwood will soon find out.

Can cars and pedestrians safely share a Miami street? Wynwood will soon find out.

www.miamiherald.com – Some time in the very near future, Wynwood will get something quite avant-forward, at least for Miami: A street in which cars, bikes and pedestrians share the pavement on an equal footing.
Welcome to the Biscayne Line

Welcome to the Biscayne Line

As Miami has become internationally renowned as a glamorous destination to live, work, and vacation, there is a need for the creation of a bay front walkway that connects Edgewater to Downtown. Today, with support from the public and private sector, elected officials, neighboring communities, and major local cultural institutions, Biscayne Line is moving from vision to reality.
Pérez Art Museum Miami | Miami, Florida

Pérez Art Museum Miami | Miami, Florida

World Landscape Architect — Because of its direct proximity to Biscayne Bay, the Art Museum was required to be elevated above the regulated flood and storm surge requirements, which allowed the parking garage to be placed below the museum.
University of Miami Students Create Possible Designs for the Biscayne Line

University of Miami Students Create Possible Designs for the Biscayne Line

Gridics — Students from the University of Miami School of Architecture have created concept designs for the Biscayne Line, the stretch of bay walk planned to border Edgewater.
Arquitectonica creates waterfront tower in Miami with a sculptural facade

Arquitectonica creates waterfront tower in Miami with a sculptural facade

Dezeen — American firm Arquitectonica has completed a residential tower in Miami with a crinkled facade and a public park that passes underneath the raised building.
Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, será la próxima insignia arquitectónica de la zona

Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, será la próxima insignia arquitectónica de la zona

Comunicae — Se trata de una torre de 52 pisos ubicada directamente frente a la playa en el exclusivo sector de Sunny Isles Beach. Una vez terminada la construcción en el 2019, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. administrará la propiedad brindándole a los residentes su inigualable servicio, calidad y toque personal; ya sinónimos de la marca. Château Group y Fortune International Group son grandes líderes en el desarrollo de bienes raíces de lujo en el Sur de la Florida. Arquitectura por Arquitectonica y arquitectura paisajista por ArquitectonicaGEO.
The Newest Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles

The Newest Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles

Lux Life Miami — The Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach – Every element of The Residences’ design and the amenities will be driven by the needs of the discerning buyer looking for an exceptional experience and a lifestyle of comfort, privacy and casual elegance.
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Vision into the Park on Fifth, Miami Beach, FL

Vision into the Park on Fifth, Miami Beach, FL

This project is intended to show how resilient a community Miami Beach can be. The park itself becomes that example, with Landscape Architecture as a green resiliency solution.
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ArquitectonicaGEO is redoing the Continuum’s Entry Drive in South Beach

ArquitectonicaGEO is redoing the Continuum’s Entry Drive in South Beach

The Big Bubble Miami | by Sean McCaughan on April 29, 2019

The Continuum, that gigantic duo of residential towers at the southern point of South of Fifth, with its hundreds of units, acres of grounds, and oodles of amenities, is embarking on a multimillion-dollar renovation of its long entrance drive, which ascends two levels from the street to the main entrance, and will include the two roundabouts, the gatehouse, new pavers, a new fountain, and extensive landscaping. ArquitectonicaGEO, the landscape architecture arm of Miami megafirm Arquitectectonica, is handling the reno.

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Miami commission awards nearly $1M for Wynwood streetscape to ArquitectonicaGEO

Miami commission awards nearly $1M for Wynwood streetscape to ArquitectonicaGEO

Wynwood may be the Miami neighborhood with the most foot traffic, but it is considered far from pedestrian-friendly. Two recently approved city measures championed by Wynwood developers and property owners aim to fix that conundrum.

The Miami City Commission this week approved a contract with Arquitectonica GEO to develop a streetscape and tree canopy master plan for Wynwood

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NIHERST Science City

NIHERST Science City

ArchitectMagazine — NIHERST’s brainchild, Science City is integral to fulfilling its mission to spur research and innovation, shape policy and improve STEM education for Trinidad and Tobago’s advancement.
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Linear parks to bring new life to Miami-Dade

Linear parks to bring new life to Miami-Dade

 The Real Deal — Imagine a world where the bike path underneath the Metrorail tracks was a lush, safe, redeveloped linear park.
A glimpse of ArquitectonicaGEO’s award-winning Pérez Art Museum Miami landscape design

A glimpse of ArquitectonicaGEO’s award-winning Pérez Art Museum Miami landscape design

Bustler — ArquitectonicaGEO shared the details of their exterior landscape design of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Miami, Florida.
Hamilton Residence

Hamilton Residence

Architizer — The owner’s French heritage and joy in art forms are expressed in the paving pattern that greets visitors in the front yard.
Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome

Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome

www.archinect.com – Paraphrased by the Washington Post, architect Terence Riley puts Miami’s parking garages at the literal forefront of local urbanism: “In a city where everyone drives, the parking garage is the foyer.”
TAIKOO HUI GREEN ROOF AND PLAZAS

TAIKOO HUI GREEN ROOF AND PLAZAS

Landezine — Significant open space was required for the massive development, sited on only 12.1 acres. A multi-level intensive green roof and landscaped plazas, provide a public park, food courts, and gathering areas.
Brickell Citi Centre

Brickell Citi Centre

World Landscape Architect — ArquitectonicaGEO is working with Swire Properties and Arquitectonica on Brickell CitiCentre, a three and a half block downtown redevelopment which aims to create an urban gathering place for downtown Miami.
News from the ASLA Fund

News from the ASLA Fund

ASLA — The ASLA Fund, the Society of Landscape Architects’ charitable 501(c)(3) foundation, would like to recognize the more than 190 firms and individuals who have donated to the Campaign for the ASLA Center for Landscape Architects to date.
Hamilton Residence

Hamilton Residence

World Landscape Architect — A residential landscape that integrates the owner’s heritage, French with their place of residence: Florida.