FIU Architecture students visited 27 Star Island to meet with CLF Architects and Coastal Construction to discuss the creation of a tropical modern luxury residence. The historic home was first designed by prominent local Architect Walter C. DeGarmo. The original home is being incorporated into the new design. This will be achieved by removing a modern garage and residential wing and rotating the original 1924 residence 90 degrees. The existing two-story garage/caretakers 1926 residence will be relocated slightly further west of its existing location and ‘set into’ the area of the original main residence where the original garage was located prior to later additions. The net result will preserve and “join” the two historic structures into a unified whole detached from the proposed new main residence.
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.
ARC+ has had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Mckenzie Construction. McKenzie is a boutique design, build and custom fabrication firm providing high-quality services to South Florida commercial and residential clients. They have invited us in to see their operations, discussed their vision for building a better Miami.
Most recently, we visited their adaptive reuse project underway in the Magic City Innovation District. The significance of adaptive reuse as a strategy for urban development cannot be understated. It provides significant benefits to the community by extending the life expectancy of the built environment and reducing our impact on the natural environment.
“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
"Cites have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when they are created by everyone for anyone" Jane Jacobs
Sustainable urbanism is not regarded as a priority for those who make its policies, and subsequently, it's not met with the level of urgency. The conversations held at the kitchen table about the financial and sociological struggle to obtain and maintaining affordable living is drowned out by the decisions made by policymakers…
We would like to cordially invite you to join us for a community discussion at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
ARC+ Nextgen Housing Panel Discussion
Panel to include:
Marcelo Fernandes - Grove Properties / Oxford Universal
Avra Jain - The Vagabond Group
Hernan Guerrero - Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Dirk Spiers - Spiers New Technologies
James Carras - Carras Community Investment
Margi Nothard - President/Design Director - Glavovic Studio
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.
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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.