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PlusUrbia’s Juan Mullerat, APA, will present solutions that prove even our densest cities have room to grow without demolition. He will be part of the From Vacancy to Vitality panel presentation at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in New Orleans.The program, featuring examples from PlusUrbia Design’s work in Little Havana along with examples from New Orleans’ Canal Street, -- will take place at 8:30 AM - 10 AM CDT on Tuesday April 24. Professionals attending will learn how new planning approaches can remove regulatory barriers and provide incentives to conserve valuable older buildings and encourage reuse and infill.Mullerat has spoken at the last two APA Florida annual conferences. PlusUrbia has been honored with national, regional and local APA awards, the highest honor in the profession. Please follow the link below for more information:https://www.planning.org/events/nationalconferenceactivity/9140548/
Make time to visit the Miami Highrise Exhibition at MCAD in Downtown Miami, open every work day from 10am to 5pm.Plusurbia Design is happy to be included amongst the exhibitors:Arquitectonica, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, BIG, Patrick Blanc, Brillhart Architecture, Moshe Cosicher, De la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists, Duany Plater Zyberk, Fons Design and Architecture, Foster+Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, Jaime Correa & Associates, JLH Architect, Khoury Levit Fong, Ruediger Lainer, Monad Studio, NBBJ, OMA, Oppenheim Architecture+Design, Perkins+Will. Plusurbia Design, Raymond Jungles Inc., Renzo Piano Building Workshop, R&R Studios, Shulman+Associates, Sieger Suarez Architects, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Trelles Cabarrocas Architects, Triptyque Architecture, Zaha Hadid ArchitectsFor more information please visit miamihighrise.org Images from miamihighrise.org
Megan McLaughlin presented at the 'Getting Ahead of the Wrecking Ball' Workshop this morning at the Coral Gables Museum. Hosted by The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables and The Villagers, Inc., the workshop was meant to show and encourage citizens how to be pro-active in protecting historic places in their community. Megan's presentation, "How to be Alert for Potentially Endangered Sites," focused on how to identify the very places that are in danger of being destroyed.                         From the Miami Heraldby Christina MayoProtecting historic sitesJust how do you stop a wrecking ball? Members of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables and the Villagers want to educate citizens about the historic buildings in our community and teach how to protect these resources through historic designation legislation.If this is your passion, the two organizations will present a workshop 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. A working lunch will be provided and the event is free with registration. Robb and Stucky is sponsoring this event.Sessions include: “How To Be Alert for Potentially Endangered Sites” by Megan McLaughlin, and “Designation. What It Means, Who Can Designate Historic Properties and How” by Sara Cody, Vickie Toranzo, and Dona Spain. The lunch session will be “Citizen Surveys and Recording Places of Interest” by Wendy Sczechowicz.Write to macbirch@aol.com to register. Without advanced reservations, there will be a $25 charge. For the full article visit: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article183074816.html
PlusUrbia’s Juan Mullerat, APA, and Megan McLaughlin, AICP, will present their ideas on resilient and adaptable redevelopment at the American Planning Association of Florida’s Annual Conference in Daytona Beach.Their presentation -- which is equally relevant to small town main streets, waterfront sites and big city urban cores – will take place at 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday September 6.PlusUrbia will have a booth at APA Florida 2017. Please stop by to renew old friendships or introduce yourself so we can build a bond that will help create a better built environment in Florida.
MIAMI – The PlusUrbia Design and Perkins+Will team will lead a major community workshop to help plan a bright future for Coconut Grove that retains its many unique and positive features while addressing its need to balance vitality with quality of life.The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday July 29 at 2982-B  Grand Avenue (between FedEx and 24 Hour Fitness). In collaboration with the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, The PlusUrbia-Perkins+Will team is leading a master planning effort to improve and enhance Coconut Grove as a healthy, prosperous and desirable community.“We are seeking broad public input that will help us build consensus for a plan that has tangible results,’’ said Juan Mullerat, principal of Coconut-Grove PlusUrbia Design. “The key to this plan is successful implementation, to actively promote: connectivity, mobility, properly-scaled redevelopment – a true renaissance in the Grove.”The Saturday event includes: an introductory presentation at 9:30 a.m., hands-on public input at 10:00 a.m., a break with food and drinks provided at 11:30 a.m. and public presentations at noon.Coconut Grove is a culturally-rich and historic neighborhood that is one of the most desirable places in all of South Florida. This planning effort aims to enhance the commercial core that serves as the Grove’s economic engine, destination for dining, shopping and entertainment and thriving heart of the community.Take a GROVE SURVEY 
PlusUrbia's Juan Mullerat presented the Complete Districts concept at the West Palm Beach Complete Streets Conference.Complete Districts focuses on a network of clean, safe, but unique streets that together create a complete district.For more information on Complete Districts, please visit: https://plusurbia.com/project/complete-districts/Below is the video of Mullerat's lecture:An image of the group in attendance of the Complete Streets Conference at West Palm Beach.
   
DESIGN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODCOMMUNITY WORKSHOP10 A.M. SATURDAY MARCH 11 -- MIAMI SENIOR HIGH LIBRARYPlusUrbia Design will lead a major community workshop to help plan a bright future for Little Havana that retains its many positive features while addressing its many needs.The workshop, conducted in English and Spanish, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday March 11 at Miami Senior High, 2450 SW 1st Street. Lunch will be provided and there is free parking in front of the school. The meeting takes place in the library, which is on the second floor, on the east side of the building. Children are welcome and there will be a children’s table during the inclusive event.PlusUrbia, in collaboration with National Trust for Historic Preservation, Live Healthy Little Havana, Dade Heritage Trust and Urban Health Partnerships, is leading a master planning effort to improve and enhance Little Havana as a healthy community. The Saturday event includes a workshop 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., a discussion during lunch 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m, an open design studio 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and public presentation 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Development pressures make this a crucial time for creating guidelines that will shape the evolution of Little Havana and how it is served by walkability, transit, park/open space, affordable/attainable housing, local jobs and healthy design. Little Havana is a culturally-rich neighborhood that is very important to both Miami and the nation. This event seeks an unprecedented amount of input from people who live and work in Little Havana -- to protect and enhance the culture, health, affordability and authenticity of Little Havana for future generations.For more details, visit: www.littlehavanameimporta.org
Will share keys to creating healthy, connected communitiesJuan Mullerat will serve panel that explores urban infill development on a variety of scales. The presentation will take place March 2 in Tampa and the Congress for New Urbanism’s statewide conference.Mullerat will present PlusUrbia’s successful urban design for infill projects such as the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District, which has won national, state and regional awards from the American Planning Association. He will also detail PlusUrbia’s work in Little Havana as a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That signature project aims to preserve and enhance Miami’s Little Havana through design guidelines and other healthy living interventions.Mullerat’s presentation will also look at small scale, low cost, high impact infill projects such as parklets and pocket parks.
Art, Architecture & Landscape Design in Boutique DevelopmentDate: 02/09/2017Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmLocation: Miami Center for Architecture and DesignDescription:Art, Architecture & Landscape Design in Boutique DevelopmentHow have various disciplines been integrated into boutique projects to articulate a powerful sense of identity and place? What considerations are taken into account that differs from mammoth development?Our panel ranges from two developers, skilled at both large and small-scale projects, to an urban designer whose revitalization plans have won numerous awards. An art gallery owner and a landscape designer will discuss how the overall aesthetics are determined, as well as the integration of their site-specific work into various projects.David Polinsky, PhD: Fortis Design Build, LLCRay Fort, ArquitectonicaJuan Mullerat, PlusurbiaAndres Arcila, NaturalficialAnthony Spinello, Spinello ProjectsClick here to purchase tickets.Click here for more information.
 MY CALLE 8 UPDATE:FDOT PD&E STUDY KICKOFF MEETING August 25 (5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.)Shenandoah Park Rene Janero Recreation Center, 1800 SW 21st Avenue  FDOT is holding an important Public Kickoff MeetingThis is the first public meeting of the FDOT process that will ultimately decide the fate of our Calle8 corridor. Will it be a complete street with wide sidewalks, safe crossings, calmed two-way traffic and dedicated lanes for pubic transit and bicycles? Or will it be more of the same "Highway Ocho" with three lanes of one-way speeding traffic that serves suburban commuters, not Main Street Little Havana.This is your opportunity to gather for an open house at 5:30 p.m., then a 6 p.m. public presentation by FDOT's project manager and consultant team, led by the HNTB firm. This project will last into 2018, but this is the first opportunity for community input.This is our opportunity to help the FDOT team to understand what we expect for the future of the Calle8 corridor. Please follow the link below and sign the petition if you would like to see a better Calle8:https://plusurbia.com/mycalle8-petition-launches/  FDOT Project Information:
 PlusUrbia's Juan Mullerat is honored to present "Affordable Pockets for Healthy Living: Little Havana USA" at the American Planning Association Florida statewide conference coming up in September in Tampa. FROM DARK STREET TO GREEN ALLEY / AFFORDABLE POCKETS FOR HEALTHY LIVING: LITTLE HAVANA USA Wednesday, September 7, 2016          3:30 PM - 4:45 PMInner city neighborhoods such as Miami’s Little Havana have good bones, but need urban interventions to increase healthy living.  We’ll explore both assets (including high density to support public transit; affordable housing in close proximity to jobs) and challenges including lack of park space for healthy recreation, limited access to fresh food and a zoning code that prevents infill with small units and no parking.  For a fraction of what exurbs or new towns cost, the inner city can be retrofitted in a more sustainable manner.  The session will also focus on creative ways to change alleys, narrow utility corridors that are rarely seen as public spaces, to make them inviting public places, as well as “green infrastructure”. The session will focus on the traditional uses of alleys, and some ideas for transforming them into inviting public spaces. Example projects will be shown from a variety of communities with a wide range of community development objectives and outcomes.SPEAKERSJUAN MULLERATPrincipal, PlusUrbia DesignDAVID M. HAIGHT, FAICP, LEED AP NDProject Manager, AtkinsLink to event:http://floridaplanning.org/conference-2016/sessions/from-dark-street-to-green-alley-affordable-pockets-for-healthy-living-little-havana-usa/For more details on APA Florida 2016 conference, please follow the link below:http://floridaplanning.org/conference-2016/
 PlusUrbia participated in a Charrette in San Salvador, El Salvador led by Castillo Arquitectos from Guatemala.The project aims to serve as an example of sustainable development in the region. Below is a recap of the work accomplished during the week of the Charrette:See also media coverage at El Diario de Hoy.
PlusUrbia Design Director Juan Mullerat will tie the studio’s pro bono advocacy for a better Calle 8 Corridor to active design during his presentation at the FitCity Miami 3 Conference Friday Feb. 19 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, 100 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 100.Mullerat’s presentation -- Local plans for 8th Street Corridor, opportunity to incorporate Active Design principles and Active Transportation – will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the event that focus on the relationship between design and health.“Our fitness – both physical and mental – is dependent on a welcoming urban realm that makes it easy to walk for purpose and pleasure. The more barriers to walkability that we can remove, the easier it is to promote a healthy, mobile lifestyle for people of all ages and physical abilities,’’ said Mullerat.PlusUrbia design has been honored by the City of Miami for its advocacy for a better redesign of the Calle 8 corridor. The studio advocates complete streets and two-way traffic. PlusUrbia recently led an open forum that brought more than 100 stakeholders to craft a vision for the corridor.The Florida Department of Transportation will soon launch a $2 million study to redesign SW 8th and SW 7th streets, between SW 27th and Brickell avenues as well as their interchange with I‐95. For more information on PlusUrbia’s corridor work, visit: https://plusurbia.com/strong-towns-the-case-against-urban-corridors-that-act-like-high-speed-highways/FitCity 3 explores the role transportation plays in keeping our community healthy, active and happy.  For more information on the event, visit eventbrite.
 
The #APAFL15 Conference represents the creativity, hardwork, and collaborative activities of the Broward and Gold Coast Sections over the past two years.Speed Session 2: Memorable PlacesWynwood: From Garment District to 24/7 NeighborhoodSteve Wernick, Esq.David I. Polinsky, Ph.DJuan MulleratWynwood, Miami’s former garment district, has become a globally-recognized destination for art, food, and one of Miami’s most desirable areas for creative industry. However, the neighborhood’s evolution has been slowed by existing land development regulations. After commissioning a master plan, the Wynwood business Improvement District and the City’s Planning Department have put in motion the Wynwood Neighborhood Revitalization District, an overlay zoning district designed to incentivize redevelopment while retaining Wynwood’s unique industrial chic character and mural arts component. This Session highlights the collaborative planning process between stakeholders and the innovative tools used to achieve planning goals and objectives.
Upper Level Studio at UNCCDate: December 4th 2012Location: School of Architecture, UNCC Campus.
URBANISMO EN CONTEXTO – El desarrollo y la construcción del siglo XXI se enfrenta a tensiones económicas, medio-ambientales, regulatorias y culturales. El arquitecto y urbanista está obligado a encontrar soluciones en el diseño dentro de unos parámetros típicamente contradictorios. “Urbanismo contextual y el paradigma chino” explora contextos dinámicos a través de varios proyectos en países en desarrollo, con un énfasis en China, que obligan a forjar nuevas soluciones basadas en tipologías autóctonas.
Date: Monday April 2nd, 2012 @ 6pmTitle: C o n t e x t u a l  Urbanism and the Chinese ParadigmBrief: The built environment in the 21st Century is confronted by tensions between economy, environment, law, and tradition.Today’s architects are challenged to shape these mounting tensions into an elegant solution to create lasting places. “Contextual Urbanism and the Chinese Paradigm” explores specific design efforts in the world’s fastest urbanizing countries, a dynamic and demanding context that is both forging innovations and revealing shortcomings in today’s architectural paradigms.
Sofia Villanueva of PlusUrbia Design participated last month in a workshop in the city of Curridabat, Costa Rica, in collaboration with Castillo Arquitectos, from Guatemala, who were the Project’s Lead, and Dover Kohl & Partners of Florida. The workshop entailed a week long, hands-on visualization of different areas of the city to improve the infrastructure and civic spaces in order to spark the re-investment on the city. PlusUrbia, under Castillo Arquitectos’ lead, is currently working on the production of a report that will include a Form-Based-Code intended to structure future development, ensuring healthy growth and the provision of a safe and forward-looking environment for the municipality’s citizens.
PlusUrbia has been selected along with 12 other firms to present its work at the University of Miami’s: Young Architects of Florida.View an exhibition of the work of 13 architects, 40 years of age or younger, in the Irvin Korach Architecture Gallery in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  As part of the exhibition opening evening there will be a discussion led by a selected group panelists.   The panel discussion will be held in Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall, also in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center.http://arc.miami.edu/events/#event-520Wednesday, October 5, 20116:00 PM Exhibition opens – 13 Young Architects in Florida – Irvin Korach Architecture Gallery7:00 PM Panel Discussion – Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture HallUniversity of Miami School of ArchitectureJorge M. Perez Architecture Center1215 Dickinson DriveCoral Gables campus
Location: Lecture to take place in the School of Architecture of the University of MiamiTime: 30th of August 2011 at 630pm.
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