Building Center No. 3 decided to pursue the eVolo Magazine’s 2011 Skyscraper Competition. The company was driven by the chance to further explore today’s urban living challenges. The intention was to promote the exploration of innovative concepts for vertical density. The aim of this competition was to redefine what we understand as a skyscraper and initiate a new architectural discourse involving a level of environmental responsibility that could ultimately modify our cities and improve our way of life.
Assemble Team- Building Center No. 3 introduces multidisciplinary collaborative work in the early phase of a project to deliver the necessary research to direct its development. For this project, a team was assembled consisting of architects, an urban planner, an urban designer, a landscape architect, a mechanical engineer, and an analytical diagram designer.
Jason Tapia AIA, LEED AP, NCARB is a registered architect in Florida and New York. He earned a B. Arch at Cornell University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been practicing architecture for thirteen years and is a Principal at Building Center No. 3, LLC. Areas of expertise include the design of buildings using life cycle assessment tools, building performance modeling and passive design strategies. He currently resides in Miami, FL.
José Vázquez Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, has been practicing architecture for 13 years and is a Project Manager, Technical & Design Manager, and Office Manager at Zelch and McMahon, Architects. He earned his B.Arch. at Cornell University. His areas of expertise include the design of K-12 educational facilities, commercial and residential buildings, as well as, technical analysis of Universal Access laws and Building Code regulations. José currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Benji Power is an urban planner, born in Santiago, Chile, but raised and calling home in Miami, Florida. He studied Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a Master in City Planning and M.S. of Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Benji has worked as a planner for four years in Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, and Cartagena, Colombia, with a focus on issues of community, economic and real estate development. His passion and focus is in learning about and working with his hometown of Miami. Currently, Benji is working with a local community development corporation in Miami, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, leading its Community Building and Organizing team in the non-profit’s outreach to target low and moderate income neighborhoods that they are helping revitalize through the use of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds.
Deborah Buelow LEED AP has eight years of experience practicing architecture New York and Boston. She earned her B.Arch from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on Architecture and Urbanism. Her projects have ranged in scale from furniture to urban design, but her interest lies in making urban space more habitable. She currently resides and is practicing in Boston, MA.
Kelly Woodward LEED AP, is a Graduate Landscape Architect. She earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. She has several years of experience practicing landscape architecture in Miami, Florida with ArquitectonicaGEO. Her project experience includes museums, green space in mixed-use towers and community planning. Areas of focus include environmentally and culturally sensitive design with an interest in urban ecology. Kelly currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
Anaclaudia Magalhaes is a landscape architecture student at Florida International University. She earned her Associates in Arts in the discipline of architecture at Miami Dade College. She is originally from Brazil but has resided in Miami, FL for the past 10 years. Her academic work focus includes investigating context-driven concept solutions fostering community and environment. She currently works at Building Center No.3.
Tea Zakula is currently Research Assistant and PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a Dipl. Ing. degree at Zagreb University, Croatia and a M.S. in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Areas of expertise include HVAC systems, with a concentration in efficient cooling in buildings, natural ventilation, daylighting, thermal comfort, air quality, and energy modeling.
- Urban agriculture
- Hydroponics & arable land
- Area’s projected flood levels
- Annual energy needs per occupant (commercial and residential)
- Site analysis of five different potential sites
- Demographics of chosen site
- Direction of winds and sun path
- Depths of Miami River
- Obesity on state by state level
The fundamental seeds of Postdiluvian Miami were born. Experts of different disciplines evaluated multiple sites and selected the chosen area in Miami, Fl which suffer the greatest negative impacts and would benefit most from our research-based implementations. The intersection of Miami River and Interstate 95 was the target area chosen for the challenge. The concept was to develop an energy producing housing structure that would change the way we think about conventional vertical living. This hybrid would not only be self-sufficient, but also produce enough energy to give back to its surroundings. As inspiration for this continuously growing and mutating structure, the team explored the Banyan Tree; an invasive species found prospering in the South Florida lands. To harvest energy, its branches project out horizontally reaching out for nutrients necessary for its survival. The metaphor of the Banyan tree aptly describes the survival techniques of an inundated urban site that inspired our skyscraper of the future.
Portuguese Man-of-War Incremental Growth