Roberto Rovira


The paper discussed Catalysts of the Urban Canvas; an interdisciplinary course developed by Roberto that explores projects that view landscape architecture as prescriptive of urban change and essential to its evolution.

The class begins by studying tactical/temporary interventions that lead to more permanent proposals at a variety of scales and in a variety of locations globally. In the second half of the class, Miami becomes the seminar’s laboratory.

Given the city’s ideal location between the built and the natural, and its increasing role as an art and design destination, students are asked to identify specific sites or issues that they can explore in an open competition format where they get to research, develop and propose a theoretical Call for Entries.  One Call for Entries proposal becomes the subject of a competition that is open to architecture and landscape architecture student teams.