Week 7: Pop-Up Park

As far as sleep goes it was a short night. Such is the life in architecture. During the installation of the cardboard models at the Pop-Up Park on Saturday we had our first introduction to Miami winds.

Although the models were reinforced for stability, nothing could stop the consecutive gusts of wind that day. Within minutes the cardboard homes started tumbling down the street. The rest were reduced to a pile of rubble. This was both frustrating and hilarious watching the houses roll away. A lot of time and effort was spent planning, designing, constructing, and transporting the models only to watch them fail in a kind of spectacular fashion.

But the show must go on, correct? Duct tape to the rescue! With the help of the AmeriCorps volunteers, friends of the OLCDC, and Golin Harris we began reconstructing the few remaining homes that were salvageable. It was quite the team-building activity.

One of our primary goals was to initiate interaction between the residents of the neighborhood and the Made in Opa-locka project. On that front, I believe we were successful. The participants of the Pop-Up Park were able to witness all of our foibles and during our embarrassment were able to find out what exactly we were trying to display. Whatever works I guess. As the conclusion of the event, we allowed everyone to spray paint on the homes before we disassembled them.

This was also an opportunity for Jennifer and me to meet a lot of the residents within the Triangle. Onto the next steps in our design process…

-- Germane Barnes

 Setting up the Micro-Enterprise structures before the Pop-Up Park begins. 

Setting up the Micro-Enterprise structures before the Pop-Up Park begins. 

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