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School of Architecture Publishes “On The Waterfront: Miami’s Fifteen Mile Promenade”

February 25th, 2013 — In 2008, the University of Miami School of Architecture undertook an ambitious school-wide study of the Miami downtown waterfront, exploring future architectural possibilities for a largely inaccessible shore. More than 350 students and more than 30 faculty in 33 different design studios participated. Each studio offered proposals for better public access to the water’s edge and designs to improve resident quality of life. The students conceptualized a waterfront promenade as a continuous series of urban spaces that reconnects Biscayne Bay and the Miami River to the neighborhoods that border them. The student work was on exhibition at the Miami Dade College Freedom Tower that fall.

This new publication grew out of that school-wide study of the Miami waterfront and represents the collective efforts and support of many people and organizations. The pages are a sequel to that public viewing; an additional project taken on by School of Architecture faculty members Jacob Brillhart and Victor Santana, with the support of the Florida Inland Navigational District and the Florida Department of Transportation. It is a documentary analysis of both the bayfront (between the Julia Tuttle and Rickenbacker Causeways) and the Miami River, showing the shoreline that remains to be redeveloped, and identifying and distinguishing likely levels of complexity related to impediments such as causeway entrances or complex land ownership. This work offers an important advancement of the students’ work in an examination of the implementation issues that arose in the first design initiative.

In her introduction to the publication, Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk says, “It is our fervent hope that this document will encourage acceleration of the needed improvements and help the Miami waterfront promenade emerge as the unique and grand public space the city and indeed the region deserves.”

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