Keeping current North Miami

This vacant lot (designated a repetitive loss property) in a City of North Miami neighborhood is being redesigned.

This vacant lot (designated a repetitive loss property) in a City of North Miami neighborhood is being redesigned.

 

About the Project

The Van Alen Institute, in collaboration with the City of North Miami and Urban Impact Lab, organized a design competition to transform a vacant, flood-prone lot into a more useful, creative community space.

latest Project Updates

On July 12, 2019, three design teams (design competition finalists) participated in a public presentation where they unveiled design concepts to members of the public and a jury. Each team presented details on how they would approach the challenge of transforming an often-flooded, vacant lot in a North Miami neighborhood into a more useful community space.

A team with local roots, Department Design Office, was selected as final winners of the design competition. Their concept, “Good Neighbor”, best addressed key concerns and opportunities. Read the full press release here.

NEXT STEPS

Take the Survey!
Help the project team understand more about the community and its needs.

Attend a Community Event

Monday, September 23, 2019, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Community Design Review
Meet the design team, see the updated design plans, and learn about the project’s implementation. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Block Party & Ribbon Cutting
Celebrate the site’s completion with the project team and community members

 
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“Good Neighbor” is a design concept by  Department Design Office . The concept features the creation of a retention pool to collect rainwater and help alleviate flooding on neighboring properties. Visible markers and artwork help inform the community about flooding events. Native plant areas and seating are also featured within the design.

“Good Neighbor” is a design concept by Department Design Office. The concept features the creation of a retention pool to collect rainwater and help alleviate flooding on neighboring properties. Visible markers and artwork help inform the community about flooding events. Native plant areas and seating are also featured within the design.


more about this project

Background

In the early 2019, Van Alen worked with the City of North Miami to issue a request for proposals from local, national, and international experts. Over 30 design teams responded and submitted proposals. In May 2019, three design teams were selected to compete in a final design competition before the final winner was selected recently.

In early July, the three teams previously selected to participate in the design competition spent several days in the City of North Miami. They visited the project site and met with municipal representatives, community members, and interested stakeholders in an effort to fully understand the community’s concerns and desires.

 
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Visit the full project website./ Visita el sitio web completo del proyecto./ Vizite sit entènèt konplè pwojè a. https://www.vanalen.org/projects/keeping-current/#repetitive-loss-properties


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