What role do you see for community groups and non-profits like ours?
There are several things that groups like yours can do:
+Accountability Partners – Hold the powers that be accountable for doing what they can to make the situation better.
+Innovation Partners – Share good ideas with us. While we are always looking for progress, we may not catch everything.
+Passionate Stakeholders – Care about what happens in the community and how and where people live. Serve as the voice of advocacy when things aren’t as they should be.
“Building Sustainable Cities — And A Sustainable Future — Will Need Open Dialogue Among All Branches Of National, Regional And Local Government. And It Will Need The Engagement Of All Stakeholders — Including The Private Sector And Civil Society, And Especially The Poor And Marginalized.” — Ban Ki Moon — Secretary-General Of The United Nations
Although the schedule of a graduate assistant is quite busy we were able to have a sit down with Sandra Mustieles. She shared her experience learning on site while participating in the Buildgreen program.
- An Interview with Sandra Mustieles - Budding Architect & Graduate Assistant
For over 30 years Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) has worked to strengthen communities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties by:
- Empowering individuals
- Creating affordable housing opportunities
- Revitalizing neighborhoods in South Florida
- To collaborate with residents and other stakeholders to stabilize neighborhoods and develop sustainable housing.
- We are committed to the following outcomes:
- Residents who are educated consumers in their housing choices.
- Residents who have access to appropriate financial products for buying and maintaining their homes.
- Housing that is environmentally safe, decent, and financially affordable for homeowners.
- Stakeholder and resident driven revitalized neighborhoods where residents, businesses and local government choose to invest their time, money and energy.
Conversation & Cocktails @ the MBUS. Thank you to everyone who came out in support of a more sustainable Miami and our ARC+ Community event.
Visit our co-collaborators below:
We would like to thank the cities of Miami Beach and South Miami, along with the Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, for their collaboration on a series of design studios on affordable housing solutions led by Jason Chandler and the FIU School of Communications, Architecture + the Arts.
ARC+ Community will continue to explore design solutions next semester as we plan to host a series of public policy dialogues with community stakeholders on a host of sustainable socio-economic solutions related to affordable housing.
We are very pleased to share the digital version of our first publication:
We are grateful to the many people who made the ARC+ Buildgreen collaboration possible.
We would like to thank FIU CARTA faculty and administration, the students who participated, and most importantly our founding sponsors:
A special thanks goes out to Henry Rueda, Assistant Professor and Alan Campos, Graduate Assistant for their tireless work in the design of the book.
The book captures our site visits over the course of three semesters and is focused on three specific courses: Materials and Methods of Construction, Integrated Comprehensive Design and Integrated Building Systems.
Students in these courses learn about design and building construction with assignments based on their Studio Projects. The interaction on real construction sites is the perfect platform to meet with developers, contractors, consultants and clients.
It is the space for discussions, questions and collaborations.
In collaboration with FIU CARTA and OIKOS paints, ARC+ Buildgreen hosted a workshop for FIU students entitled: Color, Light and Texture...Solutions for Projecting an Environmentally Safe Decoration for Interiors.
We would like to thank Vicky Syriopoulou for sharing her knowledge and expertise and the OIKOS commitment to building a more sustainable future.
"Even when the word sustainability was not particularly fashionable for OIKOS it was a fundamental and unwavering condition of our productive processes. For three decades we have been producing color and matter for architecture and we do it by paying maximum attention to the lives of the people that work with us as well as the lives of those who purchase our products."
"As a builder and developer I have the ability to make a small dent in this effort with the products I produce. I have committed to making ALL my new projects LEED certified. But even as a builder with over 30 years of experience, it is still extremely difficult, and more expensive, to build green. There are very few architects, vendors and manufacturers that are committed to being green since it requires much more effort and time investment to make it happen." Marcelo Fernandes - Grove Properties
As part of our ongoing collaboration with FIU CARTA, students and members of AIAS were were joined by Buildworks, BBA Architecture and The Sanberg Nortmann Group of Douglas Elliman on a site visit to the Sofi House. This historic renovation project is now under construction on South Beach.