Generating a dynamic user experience in a new innovation district.
A new special-use district is being proposed by the team of SHoP Architects and West 8, led by developer Michael Simkins, in Miami’s Park West neighbourhood. The approximately 10-acre, four-block area will provide infrastructure for the growth of creative technology industries in the city.
The district is conceived as an urban campus, an integrated complex of mutually supportive programs including public amenities, targeted retail opportunities, indoor and outdoor spaces for community and campus gathering, performance and exhibition zones, office environments suited to the collaborative work typical of high-performing tech companies, and a variety of housing designed specifically for the generation that will be drawn to work for such companies.
The public spaces in Miami Innovation District (MID) play a crucial role in shaping the area’s vitality, identity, and overall experience. These spaces cater to three different types of users- the staff and business community, the residential community, and visitors- to create a vibrant and lively public realm.
West 8’s design for the public space employs several strategies to meet the district’s goal of providing active, vital streets and an activated ground plane. Foremost among them is to promote a hierarchy of gateway streets to encourage pedestrian and vehicular connectivity through the district, between neighbourhoods and areas of intensive use north of I-395, and in the city center. In the east/west direction, a network of wide, walkable streets promote pedestrian flows between Museum Park and the Overtown neighbourhood. Each corridor in the district retains a distinct character and range of experiences highlighted by variations in scale, landscape, materiality, and function.
Big Block Miami Inc.
SHoP Architects, Michael Simkins
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