In its first year, 200+ participated in a Little Havana project, enabling the City of Miami to establish a comprehensive inventory of their building stock. In April 2015, the school received a substantial grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help bring “third places” to Miami neighborhoods and in year two, 2016, U-Serve partnered with the Friends of the Underline to "green" 10 miles of space under the Metrorail.
This year, UMSoA students and faculty will honor U-Serve, on April 7th, in partnership with Maker Faire Miami and Latin American Fabrication Laboratory coordinators, by designing and building a series of prototype installations for a Pavilion and Exhibition Hall for the Miami Maker Faire event (on April 8th & 9th, to be held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus).
This U-Serve Pavilion and event exhibition will connect local and LatAM-based craftsmen, entrepreneurs, architects, designers and the community-at-large. The U-Serve Pavilion, an exercise in creative place-making, digital fabrication, interactive media and collaborative design-build, will be transported to the UMSoA campus for exhibition after the Maker Faire Event.
Ultimately, the U-Serve Pavilion will make its way to its semi-permanent home, the West Coconut Grove Community Marketplace, scheduled to open in May 2017. This marketplace will provide a public, open space where diverse, local start-up vendors, makers, builders and artisans can thrive.
The Marketplace is a community-based project being developed, designed and built by the Master of Real Estate + Urbanism program at UMSoA.