Living Facades Create Art, Filter Air and Water
Imagine a building’s façade that is able to purify water and air, sequester carbon, serve as biofuel and look cool too! UMSoA Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury’s Responsive Architecture and Design Lab (RAD-UM Lab), housed at UMSoA, is creating exactly that: a bio-reactor integrated into the building envelope to give a strikingly leafy character while enhancing the building’s environmental performance. Read more.
UMSoA, RAD, CCS and CoE To Design Smart City in the Yucatan
In March, the University of Miami announced a hemispheric collaboration between its Center for Computational Science and the Yucatan State Government’s Information Technologies Innovation Center, known as the“Heuristic IT Innovation Center,” located in the Yucatan Science and Technology Park. Taking that collaboration a step further, the UM School of Architecture, the Responsive Architecture and Design Lab and the CCS will come together to design Zenciti, a smart city next to the science park. Read more.
Urban Design Students Spend Summer in Rome, Sicily
Professors Jaime Correa and Carmen Guerrero completed their Open-City Rome/Sicily program this summer – an urban design studio with graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Architecture. Their rigorous academic program focused on the role of urban design and architecture in the re-configuration of historic sites and/or derelict areas. As a “Retrofit Studio,” its knowledge base was grounded on the production of incremental design, documentation drawings, site visits, walking tours, examination of the current urban culture and its typo-morphological parameters, and on the use of European Catastro maps, a kind of real estate and property register, as records of urban flux for the explanation of various redevelopment tactics. Read more.
Department Collaborations Yield University of Miami’s First Active Movement Extent Discrimination Apparatus (AMEDA) for the Knee and Ankle
Thanks to a collaboration between the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Science and the SoA Model Shop, the University’s first AMEDA devices have been introduced to campus. These devices are used to evaluate proprioception (one's own sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement). The tools evaluate individuals with ankle sprains, knee injuries and reduced executive function and assess the impact of proprioception on these populations. The devices will be used at the Max Orovitz Laboratory, the Laboratory of Neuromuscular Research and Active Aging and the Laboratory of Sports Medicine and Motion Analyses.
Special thanks to Jay Inzko, SoA's Model Shop Manager and Carmen Guerrero, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Facilities who helped with the designing and construction of the devices. The plans have now materialized into working assessment tools. The School of Education and Human Development looks forward to further collaborations in the future between the departments as we continue to solve problems that can improve both clinical and research practices.
August 18, 2016 – Steven Brooke’s Views of Miami Exhibition Opens
Inspired by the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch and Italian vedutisti (view painters),
Steven Brooke emulates rather than imitates his artistic predecessors. His goal is to acknowledge the vedute tradition while reshaping and extending it to accommodate the qualities of the photographer’s art. Many of the vedutisti were associated with one city: Piranesi in Rome, Canaletto in Venice, and deHooch in Delft. The photographs in this exhibition are drawn from Brooke’s more than 35 years of extensive work documenting Miami’s iconic and diverse architecture. Steven Brooke is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. He is the winner of the National Institute of Architects Honor Award in Photography. Among Brooke’s over 40 books on architecture and design are the critically acclaimed Views of Rome (Rizzoli), the first collection of its kind on the Eternal City in over 100 years, and Views of Jerusalem and the Holy Land (Rizzoli). The exhibition will be on display through September 9, 2016 in the Korach Gallery. The opening reception will be held on August 24 at 6:00 p.m.
September 7, 2016 – Tecnoglass Lecture by John Englander
John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and sea level rise expert with degrees in geology and economics. He kicks off the 2016-17 Tecnoglass Lecture Series with a talk, “The Rising Sea Challenges Miami to Think Boldly” which discusses the large-scale financial and societal impacts of climate change, particularly as they relate to sea level rise. His Tecnoglass lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Glasgow Hall. A book signing and sale of his recent publication, High Tide on Mainstreet will be held at after the lecture in the breezeway.
September 14, 2016 – Tecnoglass Lecture by David Waggonner
David Waggoner, New Orleans-based architect and urban planner, is president of Waggonner and Ball, an award-winning, internationally active architecture and planning practice located in New Orleans. The firm’s architectural work varies from historic preservation to modern institutional projects. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a sustainable city that embraces its lifeblood, water. He championed a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks, and urban space, along with the forces of water. This combination serves as a holistic foundation for design, first developed during the Dutch Dialogues and continuing through the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. He will present a Tecnoglass Lecture on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Glasgow Hall.