Posted on 22 January 2015
The School of Architecture’s Jaime Correa and Steven Fett were awarded the Florida Redevelopment Association’s (FRA) 2014 President’s Award for their collaborative redesign of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s main street. As FRA President Jeremy Earle noted, “it is a stark contrast to what was there before” and has had a “profound” impact on the local community and economy.
“By redesigning the public realm, the project addressed drainage problems, added new plazas that mimicked sand dunes, created brick paver promenades and reconfigured parking areas,” Earle wrote in explaining his selection of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s Commercial Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Program as the “Best of the Best” in the FRA’s 2014 Best Book.
“In addition to all of this,” Earle continued, “the town was able to incorporate an extensive public art program in the project, and include sustainability features and materials such as using locally sourced recycled construction products and materials, new LED light fixtures, new street furniture made of recycled wood or plastic, and native drought-tolerant landscape plantings.”
As a result, Earle said, pedestrian traffic has increased upward of 60 percent, businesses are reporting significant increases in sales, property values are increasing, and the hospitality industry is seeing increased private sector interest and investment.
Posted on 12 December 2014
By Annette Gallagher
Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and director of CCS’s Visualization Program, says VizUM will provide new ways to deal with “oceans of data.”
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 12, 2014)—Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, the extraordinary Indiana University exhibition of 100 artistic big-data visualizations that debuted on the University of Miami campus in September, held its capstone event last week. But it signaled a beginning, not an end.
“There are no endings,” said Sawsan Khuri, chair of the Places & Spaces committee and director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science (CCS), which joined with the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Architecture, and Otto G. Richter Library to bring the exhibit to campus. “Places & Spaces may be leaving, but this is also the beginning of VizUM, a visualization project that will connect the visualization efforts already in place on the campus and initiate new efforts as well.” Read the full story
Posted on 10 December 2014
By Robert C. Jones Jr.
Chloe Pereira, an architecture student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, points out one of the features of her East Hialeah master plan to Xinyu He.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 9, 2014) – When University of Miami architecture student Chloe Pereira and more than 50 of her classmates toured a 90-acre, transit-oriented site in east Hialeah last September, they quickly took note of the area’s close proximity to Miami International Airport, the historic train station that now serves as the southern terminus for the Tri-Rail commuter coach, and large tracts of land dotted by factories and warehouses.
What they didn’t see were mom-and-pop stores, boutiques, parks, and pedestrian-friendly streets—urban design characteristics reminiscent of Midtown Miami. “But we knew the site had boundless potential,” said Pereira. Read the full story
Posted on 25 November 2014
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, three members of the UM faculty who are leaders in their respective fields—Alberto Cairo, assistant professor of the professional practice in the School of Communication; Ju Hong Park, assistant professor in the School of Architecture; and Victor Milenkovic, professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences—will discuss the importance of continued work in the field of big data visualization and its place at UM at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall.
Sawsan Khuri, director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science, also will speak, discussing further interdisciplinary efforts in data visualization at UM. A reception will follow the discussion, and the event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
This is the capstone event for the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, which is on display at the University of Miami through December 11. To learn more about the project, visit the website at visualization.miami.edu.
Posted on 25 November 2014
SEEDS , Green U, the College of Engineering, and the School of Architecture invite the University community to hear Amir Roth, technology manager for building energy modeling at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office discuss “Building Energy Modeling: A Multi-Purpose Tool for Building Energy Efficiency” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5 in the School of Architecture’s Glasgow Hall Auditorium.
Building Energy Modeling (BEM)—physics-based simulation of a building’s energy consumption given a description of its physical assets, operations, and local weather—is a powerful multi-purpose tool for reducing building energy consumption. Because buildings are prohibitively expensive to prototype physically, BEM is used as a form of virtual prototyping to optimize design. And because it is impractical to physically isolate a building from its occupants, BEM is used to assess occupant-independent building performance for end uses like compliance with energy codes and green certification. While these “offline” uses of BEM are well established, BEM also has promising “online” uses. BEM can be used to continuously commission a building’s systems and to maintain their health. Given live-weather forecasts, BEM also can be used to dynamically optimize building operation in real time. This talk will describe some of these cases as well as DOE’s efforts to support them.
Amir Roth is the technology manager for building energy modeling at DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) in Washington, D.C. He manages a small portfolio of projects that focus on EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, and includes supporting activities on testing and validation, model calibration, research on advanced simulation techniques, and support for the modeling community. Before going to DOE in 2010, he was first an assistant and then an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s in physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of ASHRAE, IBPSA, ACM, and IEEE.