Graduate Design 6 and Formative Studio 2
FIU Department of Architecture
Infill urbanism is the incremental development of scattered sites over time with modest buildings. It is an accessible form of urbanism that does not require the significant investments typically associated with urban development. Infill urbanism appeals to and engages a wide base of possible constituents who may not feel they could shape a city.
Miami has grown dramatically over the past fifty years by unfettered development. Two contrasting development models arose during this time. Along the coast, valuable land with views of the water and unlimited building height drove a proliferation of hi-rise condominiums. While in the interior, cheap, flat and vacant parcels zoned for single-family homes served as the perfect catalyst for uninhibited suburban development. Lacking from this period is a middle ground of development: infill urbanism.
As vacant land grows scarce and commuting becomes ever more congested, Miami will begin to infill centrally located lots. The pressures of a growing metropolis serve the charge of infill urbanism. Reinvesting in Miami’s urban core enhances existing infrastructures while creating a durable urban fabric that absorbs its diverse population. This studio work illustrates both the value of existing infill buildings and creative possibilities for new ones.
The Infill Housing Studio and this publication was generously supported by the Knight Foundation and the Townhouse Center.