Coral Gables Museum presents exhibit of new small building designs, FREE opening 9/5

AllBuildingsFrom the Coral Gables Museum website: “All Buildings Great & Small is an exhibit of new building designs for a better city. Exhibited works include drawings and models of new building prototypes for Coral Gables and Wynwood, and of the existing buildings that inspired them.  In contrast to the prevailing landscape of large towers and suburban subdivisions, these works examine how to update the building types that made up Dade County’s early urban areas: small and adaptable.

“The works are selected from seven semester-long courses taught earlier this year at FIU’s Department of Architecture to more than 100 students, under the direction of department chair Jason Chandler in collaboration with Townhouse Center and supported by Knight Foundation.  Each student documented an existing building in Coral Gables, Wynwood, or the Design District, and designed a new small, adaptable prototype.

“The course and exhibit are part of a broader initiative in Miami-Dade County and nationwide to promote fine-grain urbanism, a pattern of development that produces neighborhoods that are more vibrant and equitable.  Groups such as the Urban Land Institute’s Small-Scale Developers Forums, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab, and the Project for Lean Urbanism suggest that a great building is one that is small.”  Full post here.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday 9/5 from 6 to 9 PM (free).  There will also be an exhibit tour with its curators on Sunday 8/31 at 1 PM (with museum admission), and a walking tour of downtown Coral Gables small buildings on Saturday 10/4 at 11 AM ($10).  The exhibit will run until 10/26.

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