There is a positive undercurrent of individual branding in art and architecture that is running parallel with digital and technological transformation. This unfolding puts me at a crossroads where my voice and designs are broadcast to a larger audience.
Throughout my architectural education, I have become interested in individual initiatives like student startups and began to document and showcase them to the community. When witnessing the energy of our ambitions as we made our mark in progressive areas like Wynwood, the Design District, Little Haiti, and Downtown, it became clear that the growing talent of young artists and designers impacted more people in greater strides. Whether it’s by painting murals, volunteering in art galleries, biking to re-claim the street, designing local charrettes and installations, or building sand castles, all this work collectively aspired to FIU’s name as well as our own. To help spread this trend and add a layer to student accomplishments, I started Awake Magazine, effectually documenting the architecture student and making our voices heard.
Thanks to the positive attention it has garnered, many doors have opened for the writers, designers, artists, and photographers that make up the team. This consequential infusion of talent within the community is a familiar avenue for the school, which prides itself in being the “first” of many ideas that started in Miami. With events such as Festival of the Trees, Eco Couture, Innovation Lab, Young Artist Initiative, and so much more, it opens up opportunities for student-driven creativity. Self-made projects are on the rise and it’s thanks to a nurturing artistic environment in which everyone can thrive. For this reason, I hope to use my expressive and creative outlets to diversify that environment and continue to foster more artists in our local community – waiting to see the worthwhile changes that take place as a result.
|Humanity as Data
Miami is currently undergoing the rubber-band effect: a connection from point A to B grows farther and farther apart while everything in-between is avoided and stretches beyond repair. Horizontal instead of vertical development is hurting, not helping, the traffic flow, further destabilizing any chance at establishing a center. Driving around Miami gives a strong sense of urban incompleteness, and as architects we must do something to mitigate this while transportation becomes increasingly complex.
A possible next step is to begin tracking and collecting all data within the urban fabric, forming a living supercomputer. In this virtually connected city, all energy, traffic, communication, waste, and social-cultural function is stored and accessible to the public. An amalgamation of human footprint becomes the key to sustainable urban environments, where everything from water usage to dining preferences becomes measured and dynamic, synchronizing with the city to reflect up-to-date living conditions. Society is plug-and-play, as are buildings in which smart components can be added or subtracted to based on that information.
The designer addresses more critical issues highlighted by this data and is able to narrow-in on complex urban problems. Design strategies would revolve around metrics, leaving no room for error. Architectural experimentation is then allowed a sandbox environment where responses are immediate, resulting in a narrowed focus on feedback. Quantifying and abstracting humanity as data has been my main approach for developing sound design ideas. Taking it further and utilizing it on a macro scale, I am positive a new center for the city will emerge.
|Views from apartments in Italy|
|Volume 2 pgs. 6-9 - Interview With Dirty5ive Jackse (external link)|
|Volume 1 pgs. 7-10 - VA Collective, the Interview (external link)|
|Volume 1 pg. 14 - Festival of the Trees (external link)|
|Volume 1 pg. 21-22 - AOV Photography, Interview With Oscar Valdez (external link)|