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UM Hosts 36th Annual Association of Architecture School Librarians Conference

University of Miami Libraries and the School of Architecture are hosting the 36th annual conference of the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) on April 10-11. The conference will include a visit to Otto G. Richter Library.

Convening at the historic Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach, the conference  will feature discussions about “future proofing” libraries, addressing technology challenges in design curriculums, and creating new resources through expert crowdsourcing. Conferees also will tour some of Miami’s historic landmarks and design-related resources, including Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, and the Richter Library.




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Congress for New Urbanism Florida Chapter Recognizes UM Professor

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Jaime Correa

Jaime Correa

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 2, 2014) — Jaime Correa, associate professor in practice and coordinator of the Master in Urban Design program at the University of Miami  School of Architecture, has received the Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Florida Chapter, a leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions. Commemorating Charles A. Barrett, a renowned associate of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, the award is given biannually to individuals with exemplary talents in traditional architectural and urban design. Adjunct professor Andres Duany presented the award to Correa at the 2014 CNU Florida Summit in Sarasota February 6-7.

Correa holds a master’s degree in architecture with a certificate in urban design and a master’s degree in city planning with emphasis on historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the visiting faculty roster of several international universities. His  publications include articles in professional magazines and journals as well as the books Seven Recipes for the New Urbanism and Self-Sufficient Urbanism: A Vision of Contraction for the Non-Distant Future. He is the editor of two blog spots:  “The Correa Report” and “Urbanism+S=Urbanism(s).” Among his projects are public space interventions in the city of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, proposals for the redevelopment of Calle Ocho (Miami’s Southwest Eighth Street), and the master planning and implementation of a 50,000-inhabitant new town in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.


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The Engineering and Architecture Behind the Port of Miami Tunnel

The College of Engineering and the School of Architecture will present “The Engineering and Architecture Behind the Port of Miami Tunnel,” a conversation between project executive Louis Brais, of the design-build contractor Bouygues Civil Works Florida, and project architect Robert Lloyd, LEED AP, senior associate of ArquitectonicaGEO, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in Glasgow Hall. RSVP through evenbrite.

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Students Design Fantasy Soccer Stadium and Learn About Reality

Sabrina Valerio and Amanda Bonvecchio' s design includes a line of hollow spheres to contain the roar of the crowd.

Sabrina Valerio and Amanda Bonvecchio designed a roofline of hollow spheres to contain the roar of the crowd.

To electrify the crowd in an intimate Major League Soccer stadium on downtown Miami’s Biscayne Bay, one design team envisioned a continuous line of hollowed spheres along the roofline that would contain the roar of 20,000 fans.

“It will feel like a stadium of 70,000,” Sabrina Valerio explained Monday as the lights went down on a rather unusual Studio Final Review in the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall.

That’s where ten very poised fifth-year architecture students presented what for many of them will be their final studio projects to a jury of architects and a rapt audience that included two Miami-Dade County commissioners and the director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission.

Though designing a waterfront stadium for a potential new MSL soccer team behind the AmericanAirlines Arena was entirely a theoretical exercise, the studio projects attracted considerable outside attention because the idea originated with Alessandro Butini, a London-based businessman who, along with a competing group led by soccer icon David Beckham, is trying to bring MLS to Miami in real life.

When Butini, hoping to engage the community, proposed that the University of Miami’s School of Architecture take on the MLS stadium as an exercise, lecturers Jorge Trelles and Rick Lopez jumped at the opportunity to offer the project to seniors this semester. And, as Acting Dean Denis Hector noted in introducing the unusual guests in the audience, Trelles and Lopez “seemed to have outdone themselves.’’

In addition to Valerio and teammate Amanda Bonvecchio’s sphere-rimmed design inspired by the ancient circular amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece, the jury and visitors were suitably impressed by the other four proposals.

They included Dennis Szaplaj and Taylor Nunes-Agins’ translucent fish bowl, which extended NE 10 Street to the water’s edge; Fausto Rivas’ PuntoPlaza, which is reminiscent of the zig-zagged concrete contours of the Miami Marine Stadium; Paul Genovesi’s Biscayne Bowl, which incorporates elements of the open-ended Orange Bowl and extends a hill from the park into the stadium; and, last but not least, the Arrecife of Miami, which was inspired by the texture of a coral reef. It was designed by a team consisting of Joel Casimir, Carlos Rodriguez, Lily Valdes and Francela Veliz.

Paul Genovesi explains his

Paul Genovesi explains his Biscayne Bowl.

“In all cases, the projects are successful and believable,” observed one juror, Adib Cure, assistant professor in practice.

Assuming the role of consultant throughout the projects, Butini shared his knowledge of MLS requirements with the students and, along with Trelles and Lopez, a vision for a stadium linking Miami’s Bayfront Park to Museum Park, home of the new Perez Art Museum Miami, which opened just last week.

But adding another veneer of reality to the theoretical exercise, Butini and the practicing architects who teach the design studio abruptly changed the site of the proposed stadium to resolve access issues raised by the Miami Heat. Just five weeks before the student projects were due, they moved the stadium from a small, narrow parcel behind the AmericanAirlines Arena to a slightly larger adjacent site just to the north.

As Trelles noted, “The students freaked out, but this is what happens in real life.”

Amazed that the last-minute change was barely mentioned in their presentations, Jean-Francois Lejeune, professor and director of graduate studies, encouraged the students to mention their professional flexibility in their portfolios.

Asked to explain how she and Valerio adjusted, Bonvecchio’s answer showed they had heeded the inherent lesson. “We didn’t have an option,” she shrugged, “so you have to roll with the punches.”

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Adapting Residences for Climate Change


Adapting Residences for Climate Change

sea level rise symposium

With teammate Isabel Sarmiento standing to her right, Jiajing Cao explains to a symposium attendee some of the adaptations she and Sarmiento proposed to a single-family home in Overtown.

Differing in shape and size and occupied by residents as divergent as the neighborhoods in which they are located, two single-family homes share a commonality for how a group of University of Miami architecture students would modify them: adding edible gardens, rooftop water collection systems, retention ponds, and other sustainable features.

With the changes, the homes—one a Little Havana property where a 90-year-old woman lives, the other an Overtown residence occupied by a New Jersey couple—would be able to survive the six-foot sea level rise some geologists predict will occur in Miami over the next 100 years. Read the full story

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