Florida International University

Miami, being a relatively young American city, has been largely defined by the expansion of suburban housing types and associated transportation infrastructure. In order to alter these patterns and reshape the metropolitan region in preparation for inevitable sea level rise, housing and transportation need to be addressed in tandem. 

 

This master plan for Florida International University attempts to re-imagine the development of the campus for the next 100 years. The revised plan doubles the floor area of the university while halving the total footprint, leaving undeveloped area abutting Tamiami Park to be used for storm water retention and management. The master plan is integrated with an elevated BRT system that provides transportation and emergency services during flood events. The new BRT system is linked to an aggressive transit oriented up-zoning. Residential blocks are structured to provide flexible disaster relief housing for nearby residents, building on the existing agreement

between FIU and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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