We are thrilled to share this ARC+ FIU publication which focuses on our collaboration with (SMASH) the Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing. It is our sincerest hope that the concepts presented in this study will help in generating support for the SMASH crowdfunding campaign, vision, and future projects.
This publication focuses on the concepts and visions of FIU Architecture students for the subsidized artist and workforce housing in the City of Miami Beach. The students visited two designated sites with Maria Ruiz, Community Development Director for the City of Miami Beach to discuss the vision for the locations and overall strategies for making Miami Beach more affordable.
For the fall 2018 semester ARC+ Cheoff, Levy and Fishman Architects will be leading a group of FIU Architecture students in an exploration of two vital local issues on Miami Beach, workforce housing, and sea level rise adaptation. With the guidance of Professor's Henry Rueda, Juan J. Alayo, and Elite Kedan, students are creating architectural visions for the proposed Collins Park Artist Housing Project. See below for more information from the City of Miami Beach….
"The consistent guiding value for all who work for a more sustainable housing future should be to make the voices of the most affected people the most elevated and heard."
"I think it is ultimately a question of living up to the standard of being a global city. Increasingly, the most functional global cities have opportunities for people at all ends of the economic spectrum."
“I encourage all stakeholders to look past easy answers and focus on data. What strategies are scientifically shown to provide the most help to the most people? If I’m not trying to help the most people, is my goal really to help?”
“…is the true belief of our CEO and founder that you should be a good citizen of the industry you service. So you could say that Procore.org is based on our founder's vision of being a great company doing great things.”
“Clearly, as in all of South Florida, housing – or rather the lack of affordable housing across the income spectrum – is a major community concern. My job is to leverage what I have to make something better for those looking to live here.”
“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