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.
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.
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.
ArquitectonicaGEO Proposes WynwoodWalks as part of the Streetscape and Street Tree Master Plan Project - First Look
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.
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.
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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.
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.”
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 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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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.
The Miami City Commission this week approved a contract with Arquitectonica GEO to develop a streetscape and tree canopy master plan for Wynwood