Walks & Talks 2021: Miami Beach Cultural District with West 8

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Open to landscape architecture professionals, allied designers, and the general public
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Join West 8 Creative Director Daniel Vasini and Project Lead Ashley Schwemmer and explore the Miami Beach Cultural District including Soundscape Park, Washington Avenue, Collins Canal Park, Convention Center Drive and Pride Park.

The Miami Beach Convention Center District started in 2009 when West 8 was asked to design the campus of Frank Gehry's New World Symphony Building. Before, the unifying character was the grey, hot tarmac of the parking lots. Today, the entire district is a system of interconnected, welcoming and green urban spaces. Soundscape park is a unique site with one important philanthropic component: Allowing people who can not afford a symphony ticket to experience the area's beauty via top-of-the-line projections onto the building's exterior. This urban oasis reflects the identity of the New World Symphony while tieing back to the legacy and culture of Miami.

Following the success of Soundscape Park, West 8 was asked to join the team to upgrade the entire district around the Convention Center. Together with Fentress Architects, they executed a cohesive masterplan to integrate the creative vision for the district with the function of the convention center, while keeping in mind the importance of streetscapes and connectivity throughout a public space.

About Daniel Vasini:

Daniel Vasini is the Creative Director of West 8. Vasini lead and collaborates with top-tier multi-disciplinary teams that address complex challenges and envision solutions for the major urban design issues of our time. Daniel specializes in transformative urban waterfront projects, and creates master plans, urban designs, and large-scale landscape architecture interventions. Daniel lectures and serves as a visiting critic, panellist, and juror at universities, including Harvard Grate School of Design, Syracuse University among other professional programs, conferences and competitions around the world. He rises to infrastructure and urbanization challenges by creating designs with sustainability goals, natural conditions, and historic identity and is deeply committed to a project-tailored, wide- reaching, iterative process of design, from concept to implementation.
Miami Beach, FL
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Campus Planning & Design
Development Trends
Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
Horticulture / Plants
Parks & Recreation
Project Management
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Learn how successful landscape architects interpret their local urban landscape.

Learn about the role of landscape architecture in creating a cohesive urban design.

Learn about the evolution of landscape architecture in an urban setting.

Learn about work that advances the idea of “connectivity” (e.g. natural systems, cultural lifeways, transportation networks, watersheds).
Daniel Vasini
Course Codes
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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