A “Charrette” is an interactive public workshop, and the Plan NoBe charrette was held from February 11th to February 18th, 2016. The charrette gathered input from a broad range of Miami Beach stakeholders, residents, property owners, business owners, and elected officials. The study area spanned the North Beach section of Miami Beach, which is located from 63rd Street to 87th Terrace, from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay.
The first event of the charrette was a hands-on design session held on February 11th, which was attended by over 200 participants. The consultant planning team presented their background information on town planning & community revitalization before we began a number of exercises to help the residents and stakeholders communicate their desires for the future of their community.
Once the exercises were completed, each table elected one person to present their big ideas to the crowd.
The results of these exercises were collected, organized, and pinned up in the charrette studio so that they could form the foundation of the design process for the rest of the charrette.
Throughout the week, 12 technical meetings were held in which specific topics were discussed including but not limited to: Planning & Zoning, Historic Preservation, Resiliency, Street Design, Housing & Community Life, Public Safety, Government Owned Properties, and Transportation. These meetings were open to the public and well attended.
Even though the consultant planning team is based in Miami, and some members have lived in North Beach, nobody knows a neighborhood like its residents. They showed the team their home town through local eyes. Both the walking and bike tours were enlightening and fun; if you weren't there, you missed out on a great time!
On the evening of Tuesday February 16th, the team prepared an open house to get feedback on the work completed so far. A synthesis of the community input, draft plans and illustrations for the future of North Beach were on display for residents to review and converse with the team about.
Following the Open House, Robert Daoust of ARCADIS, gave a lecture about resiliency, or adaptation to sea level rise. The event was held at the North Shore Youth Center and was an opportunity to get at the heart of what resiliency means generally and specifically what it means for North Beach. Actions that the City of Miami Beach and communities around the world are taking to adapt to sea level rise including was presented.
The work-in-progress presentation on February 18th was the final event of the charrette, showing the mostly finished results of our week long intensive exploration into the future of North Beach. Afterwards, the consultant team continues to refine the plan and execute all of the renderings and designs which could not be completed in the short time frame of the charrette.
What follows below is a sample of the renderings completed during the charrette. Keep in mind that these are only draft images, and may vary from the final report.
The West Lots