As part of a School of Architecture studio course, students recently spent a week in Barranquilla, Colombia, visiting residents in some of the city’s informal settlements and oldest neighborhoods. Then, they return to the Coral Gables campus to begin designing structures that could help revitalize those areas and address the impacts of climate change. Read more “Update on: Mapping Informal Cities Collaborative Project in Barranquilla, Colombia”
In Washington, D.C., for a weekend getaway, graduate student Marissa Lisenbee stumbled on a most unexpected sight when she decided to explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History last Friday. There, on the first floor, her physical therapy teacher was demonstrating an ingenious device that employs music to help amputees learn to walk again.
“I knew he was working on prosthetics, but I didn’t know what his project was,” said Lisenbee, who is in her second year of UM’s physical therapy program. “And I had no idea they would be there. I was really proud to see UM in the American History Museum.” Read more “Celebrating Innovation at ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian”
Children play soccer barefoot on a dirt field, and when they aren’t imitating the flamboyant striking and passing skills of their country’s greatest footballers, they roam neighborhood streets, playing other games or sometimes just looking for something to eat. If not for the efforts of a woman named Julia, many of them would go hungry. A 50-something community elder with an energetic spirit, Julia helps keep their bellies full, working with a group of other women to prepare meals that feed as many as 100 kids a day. Read more “Mapping Informal Cities mixes Activism and Architecture”
As part of the Places & Spaces Exhibit, IDSC presents: Carie Penabad, Chris Mader, and Adib Cure on “Mapping Informal Cities” on Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00-7:00 PM, at the Jewell and Stanley Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture, 1228 Theo Dickinson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Read more “Mapping Informal Cities, Monday 9/29/2014”