Formerly an integral part of the greater Everglades ecosystem, the seven acre FIU Preserve was at the eastern boundary of the fabled “river of grass.” A destination for local wildlife as well as for education, leisure and recreation within the FIU campus, the Preserve studied design solutions that would help learn about the ecology
The 4-acre site is located within the 77.5 square mile, limestone-mining district known as “The Lake Belt” in western Miami Dade County, Florida. This project proposes the transformation of this industrial region through the incremental creation of a floating landscape that deploys a series of islands.
The studio rethought the boundary between the Florida International University campus and the city of Sweetwater, FL, to the north. Two communities that have been neighbors for over 30 years, the studio sought to redesign the wide right of way that divides these two communities and create public spaces to bring them together.