Flagler Street
Urban study and intervention - D8 FIU

 

Year:        

2008

 

Location:  

Miami, USA

 

Tutor:      

Nikolay Nedev

Urban Evaluation

 

As a vehicular-oriented city, roads in Miami are layed out in a cartesian grid . This grid's Y axis is Miami Avenue and the X axis Flagler street two roads dividing the city into quadrants. This projects starts with an documention of the current situation of Flagler street from a typological and morphological approach, starting from Biscayne Bay on the east towards it's western end near the Florida everglades. The documention not only provided information on building types, the sidewalk, public transportation stops but revealed an issue typical to Miami in general- the lack of pedestrian involvment at the street level.

 

The project focused on the path of Flagler along 7 city blocks where pedestrian crossings are not provided, breaking the north-south continuity of the neighborhood and neglecting safety for any pedestrian on the street.

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With traffic being a problematic situation in Miami,the project does not attempt to restructure vehicular flow, but maintain the current travel speed separating pedestrians into an elevated path, stitching both sides of the street and interacting with buildings and program at different levels. Furthermore, an addition of a linear park on the northern side strenghens the connection with the southern blocks.

Intervention