Photo by Jason Chandler. Jason Chandler, a licensed architect and an associate professor at Florida International University, writes about a studio course that is supported by Knight Foundation. On April 21, FIorida International University architecture students enrolled in the Knight-sponsored Miami Urban Neighborhood Building Studio had their final review in the BEA Gallery at the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building. Twent faculty and invited guests reviewed approximately 100 students projects. Notable attendees included Prof. Francis Lyn of Florida Atlantic University, architect Bill Lane and architect Margi Nothard of Glavovic Studio.
Photo credit: Hermann Gonzalez, FIU graduate, Master of Architecture, 2012 Jason Chandler, a licensed architect and an associate professor at Florida International University, writes about a joint studio course with the not-for-profit Townhouse Center that is supported by Knight Foundation. Miami has built to the sky and horizon with towers and subdivisions but lacks neighborhoods of a middle scale. In other cities—like Boston’s North End or New York’s West Village—those places are often the most vibrant. To help Miami start developing such neighborhoods, Knight Foundation funded an architecture studio course at the Florida International University School of Architecture about the neighborhood building block: small, adaptable buildings. This spring semester, students visited and documented small urban buildings in downtown Miami and Savannah, Ga. Then each student designed a new, small, adaptable prototype for Miami. The effort produced more than 100 designs, which have been curated into a book, “Infill Housing.” The course and book were produced in collaboration with Townhouse Center, a not-for-profit that promotes urban neighborhood development. “‘Infill Housing’ is an easy-to-follow roadmap of how Miami can draw from the past to develop the small, adaptable buildings that add up to great middle-scale neighborhoods,” said Andrew Frey, Townhouse Center’s executive director.