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 U-SoA Alumni, Andrew Aquart and Isaac Stein Win National Competition

U-SoA Alumni, Andrew Aquart and Isaac Stein Win National Competition

By Silvia Alvarez

U-SoA Alumni, Andrew Aquart and Isaac Stein Win National Competition

By Silvia Alvarez
Joanna Lombard and U-Link Team lead Climate Design Lab 2019

University of Miami School of Architecture, The Van Alen Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and The CLEO Institute, recently collaborated on the 2nd year of the Climate Design Lab! The three-week program engaged 19 high school students (16 and older) in a competition to research, design, and develop forward-thinking solutions to climate change.

Leading Florida architects, designers, academics, and experts in climate science and design mentored students in development of solutions to future impacts of sea level rise on South Florida. In this year’s Climate Design Lab, students worked with University of Miami’s School of Architecture to assess four Miami neighborhoods in the year 2100 through a design thinking process. U-SoA’s Joanna Lombard, along with Tyler Harrison and Gina Maranto from her U-LINK team, were instrumental in teaching and mentoring students. On July 19, the participant students presented their ideas to protect residents and infrastructure at a public awards ceremony at the National YoungArts Foundation.

Students received feedback on their solutions from a group of experts across various disciplines: Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Miami-Dade County, District 5; Jessica Lax, Van Alen Institute; Katie Hagemann, Miami-Dade County; Lauren Ordway, Institute for Sustainable Communities; Rene Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez Architects; Yoca Arditi-Rocha, The CLEO Institute.

These designs were presented at a public jury session and the team led by Department Design Office was selected for the project. The team also includes Adler Guerrier, Andrew Aquârt, and Forerunner, who bring together expertise in landscape architecture, public art, and stormwater management. U-SoA Alumni, Andrew Aquart and Isaac Stein were among the winners for their “Good Neighbor” design !

Their work, along with new design solutions for José Martí Park and repetitive loss properties in North Miami, will be on display in our upcoming Keeping Current exhibition. Starting on December 13, this three-day celebration of our multi-year engagement with South Florida will also feature local artists and educational information from leading climate-adaptation and resilience organizations.

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