Parks for the People is a design competition that will reimagine America's most spectacular public places 'its national parks' by using design as a catalyst to creatively rethink their connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations.
Nine winning design studios have been selected from an extraordinary field of submissions from schools across the United States. Kicking off in January, these student and faculty teams will collaborate with seven park sites in each region of the country to creatively rethink the national park experience.
The FIU design studio will focus on Biscayne National Park and will be comprised by 25 landscape and architecture students. The faculty team guiding the project will include Roberto Rovira (Landscape Architecture Chair & Team Lead), John Stuart (Architecture Chair), Elysse Newman (Architecture), Campbell McGrath (English), Xavier Cortada (CARTA's Office of Engaged Creativity), and Mike Heithaus (SEAS).
We've challenged the most ambitious design studios in America to show us the park of the twenty-first century," said Olympia Kazi, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, in charge of the competition. "With our partners at the National Park Service, we're urging these terrific teams to think boldly—through deeply-researched design—about how parks can respond to their communities at a time of cultural and ecological change. We look forward to visions that will help us sustain and celebrate these national treasures."
The multidisciplinary teams from the selected schools will create model solutions that advance social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the nation’s greatest public spaces. This is an exciting and prestigious opportunity that will continue to demonstrate FIU's leadership role on the national and international stage. Click here for the full press release.