The interdisciplinary team comprised by Nick Gelpi, Jim Drain, and Roberto Rovira were selected as finalists from among 238 submissions from 23 countries for the design of an urban park and garden in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.
11 finalists were chosen by esteemed panel of expert judges including: Enrique Norten – Founding Principal, TEN Arquitectos; Terence Riley – Principal, Keenan/Riley; Former Director of Miami Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art; Raymond Jungles, ASLA – FASLA, PLA, Founding Principal of Raymond Jungles, Inc.; Allan Shulman FAIA, Principal, Shulman + Associates; James Russell, FAIA, architecture critic and journalist; Andrew Frey – Development Manager, Codina Group; Founder, DawnTown; Tony Cho – CEO and Founder, Metro 1 and Moderator- Joachim Perez, Executive Director of DawnTown.
The competition was conceived by neighborhood visionary and Metro 1 President and CEO, Tony Cho, in partnership with DawnTown, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting architecture in Miami and AIA Miami, the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, with the goal of creating a dynamic 14,000-square-foot space that offers the local community, visitors and tourists a place to come together and enjoy the neighborhood in a public environment. It is located at 2825 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami.
The finalists for the competition are: the independent team from Miami consisting of artist Jim Drain, landscape architect Roberto Rovira and architect Nick Gelpi, AGENCY Architecture LLC and Aranda/Lasch from New York City, New York; Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu / SO-IL and stpmj from Brooklyn, New York; Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects from Berkeley, California; SFA fromMadrid, Spain; Colour: Urban Design Limited and Wayward Plants from London, England, AZC – Atelier Zundel Cristea from Paris, France and ONZ Architects from Ankara, Turkey.
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