Developer Andrew Frey on aesthetics versus urbanism in Miami’s building codes

2020 Salzedo rental homes in Coral Gables. (Courtesy Andrew Frey / Codina)

2020 Salzedo rental homes in Coral Gables. (Courtesy Andrew Frey / Codina)

When it comes to navigating Miami’s zoning codes, Tecela principal Andrew Frey brings an experience-based advantage to the table. Before transitioning to the business side of development in early 2011, he spent six years as a zoning lawyer. “I always wanted to be a developer, and I learned a lot from my developer clients,” recalled Frey.

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The Facades+ conference digs into Miami architecture this September

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

Facades+, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes, stands out as an exception to the rule of generic meet-and-greets.

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More on Miami’s remarkable growth from architect Allan Shulman

Downtown Miami is rapidly becoming a live-work destination. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

Downtown Miami is rapidly becoming a live-work destination. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

When it comes to development, said Allan Shulman, principal of Miami-based Shulman + Associates, “Miami has always been a true ‘boom and bust’ city, with the cycles highly compressed in comparison to other North American cities.”

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Vincent J. DeSimone explains the importance of wind tunnel testing to facade engineering

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

In South Florida, where hurricane “season” occupies a full six months of the calendar, AEC industry professionals are especially attuned to the challenge of designing for high winds.

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Arquitectonica’s newly opened zig-zagging tower in Miami is meant to reflect the rippling waters of Biscayne Bay

(Courtesy Arquitectonica)

(Courtesy Arquitectonica)

Miami-based Arquitectonica has completed a zig-zagging tower on booming Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The 42-story, luxury residence building was developed by the Related Group and has been dubbed the Icon Bay.

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Mark Sexton on Designing a High Performance Facade for the FBI

Krueck+Sexton Architects' FBI South Florida Headquarters. (Courtesy Krueck+Sexton)

Krueck+Sexton Architects’ FBI South Florida Headquarters. (Courtesy Krueck+Sexton)

For Krueck+Sexton Architects, determining the essential design character of the new FBI South Florida Headquarters was a no-brainer.

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Architect Chad Oppenheim on Getting Back in Touch With Nature

Cor, Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Oppenheim Architecture + Design)

Cor, Miami, Florida. (Courtesy Oppenheim Architecture + Design)

Asked about the pros and cons of practicing architecture in South Florida, Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design principal and lead designer Chad Oppenheim said, “It’s always wonderful to design buildings in a beautiful environment such as Miami.”

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Facades+ makes its Miami debut this September

IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

Miami is hot right now—and not just because it’s midsummer. The city, which is in the midst of a building boom, is of necessity a model of sustainable building practices and extreme-weather preparedness.

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James Corner Field Operations unveils initial plans for The Underline, a 10-mile linear park in Miami

Dadeland Trail Connection. (Courtesy James Corner Field Operations)

Dadeland Trail Connection. (Courtesy James Corner Field Operations)

It has become common fair to refer to any and all rails-to-trails project as a certain city’s “High Line. ” (Yup, we’ve been guilty of that too.) The ubiquitous High Line comparison might be flattering, but it’s obviously too simplistic. It glosses over site-specific details and rings a bit too New York–centric.

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Rising sea levels bring challenges, opportunities to South Florida

Miami's low altitude and high water table make it vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

Miami’s low altitude and high water table make it vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

When it comes to the urban impacts of climate change, said FIU College of Architecture’s Marilys Nepomechie, Miami is “the canary in the coal mine.”

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St. Petersburg City Council approves pier plan by ASD, Rogers Partners, and Ken Smith

ASD/ROGERS PARTNERS/KEN SMITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT)

ASD/ROGERS PARTNERS/KEN SMITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT)

The redevelopment of St. Petersburg, Florida’s iconic pier, with its very 1970s-esque inverted pyramid, is finally ready to move forward. The local city council has approved $5.2 million for the the structure’s replacement which was designed by ASD, Rogers Partners, and Ken Smith. The money will go toward finalized designs, demolition of the existing pier, and initial contract services. This has been a long time coming.

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Florida’s AIA chapter opens up the architecture polls with its 2015 People’s Choice Awards

(Courtesy AIA Florida)

(Courtesy AIA Florida)

Floridians and visitors can show their appreciation for their favorite local community buildings with AIA Florida’s 2nd Annual People’s Choice Award sponsored by the Florida Foundation for Architecture. From June 29th until July 31st, voters can choose between the 48 state-located buildings and so far 30,000 individuals have weighed in.

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