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Community Design Charrettes
Working with community partners, the Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a unique opportunity for local institutions and CARTA faculty and students to work together to solve local problems.  The flexible spaces at the Urban Studios allow for creative discussion and interaction among a variety of stakeholders.
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MFA Art students AdrienneRose Gionta and Andrew Horton creating artwork with the Makerbot 2X 3D Printer
The Urban Studios for a hub of productivity, including the active use of our 2D and 3D printers.  We encourage students and faculty members to work directly with the equipment, to experiment and innovate.  Architecture Professor Eric Goldemberg, for example, created a new name card holder, and students devised an impromptu fix for one of […]
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Discussion with local/global architect, Chad Oppenheim
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are a place for collaborative thinking and discussion towards new and innovative solutions.  Here is Chad Oppenheim in an informal and impromptu discussion with students about the relationship of his work to landscape.  The conversation with students was set amongst photographs by landscape architecture professor and former dean Juan Antonio […]
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Alpesh Patel: Professor and Curator
The Miami Beach Urban Studios provide an informal atmosphere for the broadest possible exchange of ideas and perceptions about the impact of art production on the world in which we live as well as the impact of the world on the art that is produced.  Here, speaking with students is Assistant Professor Alpesh Patel at […]
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Exhibition: Saravanan Parasuraman
This first exhibition of Indian artist Saravanan Parasuraman explores issues of skin surface, textures and identities.  Curated by Assistant Professor Alpesh Patel and with the support of the Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, this exhibition ran February 7 – March 27, 2014.  For a link to an exceptional catalog, please click here.
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Collaboration: Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Siggi Bachmann, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart
At the intersection of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios is located at the center of the cultural and social landscape of Miami Beach.  One of the closest institutions to the Urban Studios is the New World Center, designed by architect Frank Gehry adjacent to a park designed by the Landscape […]
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ACSA 102nd Annual Meeting, April 10–12, 2014
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios and are hosting two conference sessions of the 102 Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  The Urban Studios will have the following events:  2:30PM–4PM, Special Focus Session “Widening the Pipeline to the Profession;” 5–7PM The FIU Department of Architecture reception; 5–6:30PM Special […]
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Engagement: Louis Wolfson, III and Pinnacle Housing Group
One of the most exciting aspects of the Miami Beach Urban Studios is the potential for meaningful and extended project-based engagement with the professionals in the community.  Whether this occurs in the context of a musical ensemble, or, as in the example shown here, in that with students working with housing experts Louis Wolfson, III […]
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Pecha Kucha for Power of Design Charrette in Washington Hall
At 1618 Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios maintains a space for public gatherings, lectures and special events that open out onto the street and bring the “urban condition” of Miami Beach into close contact with the innovation space for Arts and Design hosted within. In this image, students in the departments of Architecture, […]
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Complaint: Power of Design exhibition opening
Each year, students in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture join in a collaborative (and competitive!)  charrette to design solutions to small-scale urban challenges that require special attention to individuals with cognitive disabilities.  Jason Chandler, Cathy Leff, Casey Steadman, Silvia Barisione, Nik Nedev and many others from the community joined FIU students […]
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Exhibition: Juan Antonio Bueno Curates “Cuba and Its Landscapes”
Juan Antonio Bueno, Landscape Architect, Professor, and former Dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts discussing his photos exhibited in Cuba and Its Landscapes. Miami Beach Urban Studios Design Gallery 2/14/14–3/3/14.
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Performance: Amernet String Quartet
Students attending classes and faculty undertaking creative endeavors at the Miami Beach Urban Studios tend follow the vision of “the urban experience” as that defined by our FIU colleague, Associate Professor of Architecture, Gray Read, as an experience of performance.  Performance at the Miami Beach Urban Studios is, by definition, in a continuous discourse with […]
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Landscape architect Gianno Feoli is utilizing the MBUS reference libraries.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are proud to hold personal book collections of Terence Riley, former Director of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and of Nicholas Patricios, retired professor from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  Here, landscape architect and FIU adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture Gianno Feoli utilizes the […]
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Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley with Iris Van Eck and Amernet String Quartet
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz, and Jason Calloway, members of FIU School of Music’s collaborative and renowned Amernet String Quartet, rehearse together and with others (here with cellist Iris Van Eck)—and perform regularly—at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  To contact members of the quartet for more information, please reach out to Jason Calloway at […]
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Community Design Charrettes
Working with community partners, the Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a unique opportunity for local institutions and CARTA faculty and students to work together to solve local problems.  The flexible spaces at the Urban Studios allow for creative discussion and interaction among a variety of stakeholders.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_0635-e1394485064370.jpg
MFA Art students AdrienneRose Gionta and Andrew Horton creating artwork with the Makerbot 2X 3D Printer
The Urban Studios for a hub of productivity, including the active use of our 2D and 3D printers.  We encourage students and faculty members to work directly with the equipment, to experiment and innovate.  Architecture Professor Eric Goldemberg, for example, created a new name card holder, and students devised an impromptu fix for one of […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chad-discussion-2.25.14-image1.jpg
Discussion with local/global architect, Chad Oppenheim
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are a place for collaborative thinking and discussion towards new and innovative solutions.  Here is Chad Oppenheim in an informal and impromptu discussion with students about the relationship of his work to landscape.  The conversation with students was set amongst photographs by landscape architecture professor and former dean Juan Antonio […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IMG_0264-e1392777267666.jpg
Alpesh Patel: Professor and Curator
The Miami Beach Urban Studios provide an informal atmosphere for the broadest possible exchange of ideas and perceptions about the impact of art production on the world in which we live as well as the impact of the world on the art that is produced.  Here, speaking with students is Assistant Professor Alpesh Patel at […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IMG_0290.jpg
Exhibition: Saravanan Parasuraman
This first exhibition of Indian artist Saravanan Parasuraman explores issues of skin surface, textures and identities.  Curated by Assistant Professor Alpesh Patel and with the support of the Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, this exhibition ran February 7 – March 27, 2014.  For a link to an exceptional catalog, please click here.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NWS-team-e1392780687538.jpg
Collaboration: Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Siggi Bachmann, Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart
At the intersection of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios is located at the center of the cultural and social landscape of Miami Beach.  One of the closest institutions to the Urban Studios is the New World Center, designed by architect Frank Gehry adjacent to a park designed by the Landscape […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Screen-Shot-2014-03-10-at-2.59.45-PM.jpg
ACSA 102nd Annual Meeting, April 10–12, 2014
The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios and are hosting two conference sessions of the 102 Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  The Urban Studios will have the following events:  2:30PM–4PM, Special Focus Session “Widening the Pipeline to the Profession;” 5–7PM The FIU Department of Architecture reception; 5–6:30PM Special […]
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Engagement: Louis Wolfson, III and Pinnacle Housing Group
One of the most exciting aspects of the Miami Beach Urban Studios is the potential for meaningful and extended project-based engagement with the professionals in the community.  Whether this occurs in the context of a musical ensemble, or, as in the example shown here, in that with students working with housing experts Louis Wolfson, III […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Charrette-PechaKucha.jpg
Pecha Kucha for Power of Design Charrette in Washington Hall
At 1618 Washington Avenue, the Miami Beach Urban Studios maintains a space for public gatherings, lectures and special events that open out onto the street and bring the “urban condition” of Miami Beach into close contact with the innovation space for Arts and Design hosted within. In this image, students in the departments of Architecture, […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Charrette-POD-opening.jpg
Complaint: Power of Design exhibition opening
Each year, students in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture join in a collaborative (and competitive!)  charrette to design solutions to small-scale urban challenges that require special attention to individuals with cognitive disabilities.  Jason Chandler, Cathy Leff, Casey Steadman, Silvia Barisione, Nik Nedev and many others from the community joined FIU students […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IMG_0355-e1392780855995.jpg
Exhibition: Juan Antonio Bueno Curates “Cuba and Its Landscapes”
Juan Antonio Bueno, Landscape Architect, Professor, and former Dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts discussing his photos exhibited in Cuba and Its Landscapes. Miami Beach Urban Studios Design Gallery 2/14/14–3/3/14.
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IMG_0070-e1392782428405-1024x4301.jpg
Performance: Amernet String Quartet
Students attending classes and faculty undertaking creative endeavors at the Miami Beach Urban Studios tend follow the vision of “the urban experience” as that defined by our FIU colleague, Associate Professor of Architecture, Gray Read, as an experience of performance.  Performance at the Miami Beach Urban Studios is, by definition, in a continuous discourse with […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Gianno-Feoli2.jpg
Landscape architect Gianno Feoli is utilizing the MBUS reference libraries.
The Miami Beach Urban Studios are proud to hold personal book collections of Terence Riley, former Director of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and of Nicholas Patricios, retired professor from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.  Here, landscape architect and FIU adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture Gianno Feoli utilizes the […]
http://mbus.fiu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/amernet-3.jpg
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley with Iris Van Eck and Amernet String Quartet
Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz, and Jason Calloway, members of FIU School of Music’s collaborative and renowned Amernet String Quartet, rehearse together and with others (here with cellist Iris Van Eck)—and perform regularly—at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.  To contact members of the quartet for more information, please reach out to Jason Calloway at […]

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Miami Beach Urban Studios

Mission: The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios provide a platform for intellectual development, critical awareness, and application of student-centered undergraduate and graduate learning; engaged local, national, and global problem-solving; and scholarly and creative activities.  

Vision: To be at the forefront of innovative art, design, performance, and communication education.

The Miami Beach Urban Studios offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study in one of the most vibrant, artistic urban centers in the world for one semester, while gaining valuable professional experience at design firms, and by working with innovative public, private, and non-profit arts organizations throughout the city.

Appropriately located in the iconic Art Deco 420 Lincoln Road building, the Miami Beach Urban Studios give students and faculty access to Miami Beach’s burgeoning arts and design culture. For a brief, early, and growing history of the building click here: 420 Lincoln Road Building History.

The Urban Studios provide expansive space for design and fine arts students, practice and performance spaces for music and theatre students as well expansive gallery/exhibition spaces and classroom space for use by the entire College.  The location is an ideal base for the study in arts, design and performance, for museum and gallery visits, and for exposure to the wealth of arts organizations located in Miami Beach.

The Miami Beach Urban Studios offer a full roster of courses enriched by Miami Beach’s unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources and by the extensive network of noted professionals, artists and performers who serve as visiting critics and mentors.