Urban Shade Competition - Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) President and CEO recent quote about the importance of urban shade…“A city just over 100 years old, Downtown Fort Lauderdale is realizing an amazing evolution in its urban core. Thousands of new residential units are under construction. New transit options now connect the region’s major cities. A vibrant arts and cultural scene pumps life into the city. With these opportunities, and a growing population to complement it, a renewed focus on our public spaces must be a top priority. This design competition puts focus on the pedestrian experience, which is paramount to every successful city. We look forward to seeing all the creative solutions that help us achieve a safe, comfortable, distinctive and sustainable urban realm.” Jenni Morejon also provided this Fort Lauderdale Master Plan link for entrants to review and a walking ‘audit’ of the downtown around the Brightline station (below). The Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization made a September 2018 presentation about the one-way loop option in addition to providing a quote about the consistency of the urban shade competition goals with the overall approach to mobility for the downtown area, including an increased focus on pedestrian movement in spaces previously allocated to automobiles, through urban design.
The 'umbrella sky' temporary installation in Coral Gables is an excellent use of urban shade by Portugal-based creative agency, Sextafeira (pictured on this page, inset).
Consider this very successful artistic engagement in the public realm in Miami as you imagine
Fort Lauderdale's (FTL) downtown, proposing rerouting roadways if needed to accommodate a semi-permanent structure recycling rain, sun and wind for its power, creating interactive elements encouraging users to take photographs of their journey to the urban core enjoying the beautiful city skyline and contributing to the needs of the chronic homeless populations.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~Albert Einstein
Return to landing page for Urban Shade Competition Fort Lauderdale
Competition ideas should be submitted by November 5, 2018.
Click here to download the recent Brightline Station Area Walk Audit
Other useful mobility and land-use/development documents
Regional Transportation Authority connections map
FTL Parking facilities downtown map
FTL Zoning map
Downtown FTL Shuttle loop
Downtown FTL Development map
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