Making Miami Shadier

The Miami Foundation, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and IOBY, launched the Our Miami Public Space Challenge in August 2013.  Urban Impact Lab submitted two project ideas to the challenge. One of our ideas, Shades of Miami, was selected as the winner for the Public Space Challenge.  We are excited to be part of a broad effort to bring attention and creative solutions to Miami's public spaces.

Shades of Miami will use over 700 brightly colored umbrellas and suspend them over a public, pedestrian-friendly space.  The idea itself is simple, but it calls attention to a big issue in Miami:  the need for shade. The installation is temporary in nature and is intended to be moved around the city.  

The original idea came from Agueda, Portugal where Sextafeira Produções suspend umbrellas over a market area.  The installation has been done several years in a row and provides passersby respite from the sun and weather.  

 2013 Public Space Challenge Winners

2013 Public Space Challenge Winners

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Media Coverage:

The Miami Herald: Fifteen ideas win cash prizes in contest to boost Miami’s public spaces