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Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio Building for School of Architecture

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Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio Building for School of Architecture

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building is being designed by Miami's world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica.

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building is being designed by Miami’s world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica.

By Annette Gallagher
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 23, 2015) – Coastal Construction, a major builder in South Florida, has pledged $3.5 million to construct a state-of-the-art design studio building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The gift will support Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

Tom Murphy Jr., president and CEO of Coastal Construction, is passionate about supporting education in architecture and, in fact, got his start while a UM student, working on fraternity houses.

“My family has been building in Florida for over 60 years,” Murphy said. “Learning to design buildings using the latest technology in a collaborative environment is critical to being able to create cities and communities that will last. My family is proud to be able to provide this facility for UM students to learn to build, to create, and to work together.”

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building will be LEED-certified and include studios to accommodate about 120 students. A fabrication lab and modern workstations, designed to enable advanced digital production, will be included as well. A lounge, computer lab, presentation areas, review spaces, and offices are additional amenities. The building is being designed by world-renowned Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica, by a design team led by School of Architecture adjunct faculty member Raymond Fort and Arquitectonica principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia, who moved to Miami in 1975 to teach at the School of Architecture. The facility will occupy about 20,000 square feet, including outdoor workspace and an outdoor jury area, when completed.

“We are determined to provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities that sustain our traditions and enable innovation,” said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the UM School of Architecture. “I can’t think of a better learning and working environment than the Studio Building—elegantly designed and masterfully engineered to house a field of activities under one sweeping roof —where our talented students can collectively immerse themselves in our studio culture. We are grateful to Tom Murphy and Coastal Construction for enabling us to take that culture to the next level.”


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Leading Architect to Discuss Neoclassical Architecture in Greece February 9

GreekLectureMichael Lykoudis, the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss “Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity,” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9, at the School of Architecture’s Jewell and Stanley Glasgow Hall.

Part of the School of Architecture’s SoA Currents series, which provides a forum for the diversity of voices and interests in the field, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Lykoudis, a professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991, has devoted his career to the building, study, and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism, and is a national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues.

He will discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole, but especially for Greece, a new country whose citizens had just emerged from four centuries of cohabitation with the Ottoman Empire.

This unity was created by two forces: one top-down from the newly formed government of Greece that included a young king from Bavaria and a Danish, German, and French architectural entourage. They brought a reinvented neoclassical ideal to its birthplace. The other was bottom-up force, generated mostly by builders and developers self-taught or trained in technical vocational schools. The result was the building of beautiful cities with an architectural and urban unity that redefined Greek culture and its entry into the modern world.




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UM Architects Win ‘Best of the Best’ in City Redevelopment

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Lauderdale-by-the-SeaThe 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.

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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. Closing Reception: Juhong Park, Victor Milenkovic, & Alberto Cairo at the Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall at the University of Miami School of Architecture

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

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Students Transform Industrial Site into Hialeah’s Own Midtown Miami


Students Transform Industrial Site into Hialeah’s Own Midtown Miami

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Chloe Pereira, a student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, points out one of the features of her East Hialeah master plan to Xinyu He.

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

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