We are pleased to present the second in our series of three publications exploring the possibilities for affordable housing solutions in and around Miami Dade County. The design and construction of affordable housing provide a challenging and pertinent use case for our organization. Specifically, those architects are key players in the development of a sustainable housing strategy. Architects can provide leadership on crucial issues related to the selection of sustainable building materials, the cost of construction, the impact on our environment, and the ongoing cost of occupation.
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.
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Additionally, through the ARC+ Buildgreen program, students visited a series of both public and private developments in an effort to provide real-world experiences that would inform their architectural visions for what is possible. At these visits, we had the opportunity to speak with some of the many dedicated individuals and organizations working on affordable housing solutions. We posed a series of questions to each of those individuals to get their opinion on our shared concern for creating a sustainable housing strategy…
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?
Design plays a huge role as it is the core basis in creating sustainability and creating a product that is efficient to build and maintain. Without forward thinking design practices that looks to create a total sustainable package, then the project will end up being too costly to build and maintain. Truly affordable housing is one that is sustainable, materials and low maintenance. This must all be incorporated into the design by the architectural and engineering team and not depend in the owner or builder to try to piece it together.
I believe that non-profits are best positioned and often the only entities that can provide solutions as real estate development ultimately is heavily dependent on the bottom line Return on Investment (ROI), whereas non-profit organizations can advocate for community benefits that are difficult to quantify in terms of ROI, but that will ultimately positively impact the quality of life and revenue for all residents of a city. As employment and quality housing opportunities increase, crime decreases, increasing safety for all; reducing the cost of policing and healthcare for the most economically destitute will reduce the need for supportive services and free up dollars for other necessary programs. When we look at these topics systematically, there is more potential for everyone to win than lose.
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We would like to thank our newest sponsor Procore for their support of these studies. Additionally, we would like to applaud the Procore.org team for all the hard work they do in providing the resources and the platform and that makes our work possible. Procore.org works with universities to educate the future construction workforce, support the advancement of the trades and skilled labor, and provide free access to Procore products for nonprofit organizations that are helping to build and rebuild within local communities. Darryl Kysar, Director, Procore.org, Tanya Yorks, Social Impact Specialist at Procore.org, Miles Anderson, Social Impact Strategic Advisor at Procore Technologies, Jessie Davidson, Educational Content Developer for Procore.org, Caroline Beightol Social Impact Specialist at Procore.org
Acknowledgements: Our sincerest thanks and gratitude go out to all those individuals who were integral in making this collaboration a reality:
Carlos Bravo, Urvanx Architects, Marcelo Fernandes, Grove Properties, Joey Woodworth, Buildworks, John Stuart, Executive Director, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Brian Schriner, Dean, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Florida International University, Jason Chandler, Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Henry Rueda, Assistant Professor, FIU School of Architecture, Anielka Arguello, Florida International University, Graduate Assistant, Sandra Mustieles, Florida International University, Graduate Assistant Maria Ruiz, Director of Housing and Community Services for the City of Miami Beach, Steven J. Alexander, City Manager for the City of South Miami, Hernan Guerrero, Community Development Director for NHSSF.
Peter Licavoli - Executive Director- ARC+ / Architecture Research Collaborative, Inc