Roberto Rovira


Roberto Rovira was part of the “Creative Placemaking: What’s in it for Miami?” roundtable moderated by Dr. Ariana Hernandez-Reguant (Tulane University), with panelists Dr. Ann Markusen (University of Minnesota) and Victoria Rogers (Knight Foundation) on May 30th, at 7pm, at the Museum of Art and Design/MOAD.


The roundtable was part of an exhibition on urban space titled, By The People. Designing a Better America, that is traveling to Miami from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York.

The roundtable examined the notion of “placemaking,” its embrace by foundations and communities, and its limits and potentials:


In the last few years, “placemaking” has become a buzzword among policy makers, foundations, and community activists. As public institutions have reduced their involvement in the arts, culture, and education, private stakeholders have stepped in to address communities’ needs for inclusive public spaces. Ideally, these spaces, ranging from small children playgrounds to entire arts districts, are then conceived in dialogue among communities, public policy agents, interested businesses and non-profits, and others. This panel will discuss how to activate “creative placemaking” initiatives, and how to balance communities’ mobilization (or lack of), the top-down approaches of policy-makers, and the profit drives of urban developers.

Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, PhD

Guest Curator of Public Programs for By The People. Designing a Better America
Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design (MOAD)


The Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed within the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. MDC MOAD provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection, Freedom Tower archives, and newly established design collection.

The mission of MDC MOAD is to provide open, critical, and collaborative frameworks for artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary risk-taking that explores the intersections of art, design, and other art forms with cultural action. The Museum advances Miami Dade College’s core values, contributing to the intellectual life of the college, engaging students and audiences from the community and the world beyond.