AGENCY Named Finalist in Wynwood Gateway Competition

AGENCY has been selected as a finalist in the Wynwood Gateway Park competition sponsored by Dawntown Miami.

AGENCY is one of eleven design studios selected from a pool of over 230 applicants worldwide who have been asked to submit their proposals to design an urban park and garden in Miami to provide a vibrant community space.  According to the organizers’ press release, the competition was initiated “with the goal of creating a dynamic 14,000-square-foot space that offers the local community, visitors and tourists a place to come together and enjoy the neighborhood in a public environment.”

Selected teams were chosen for the thought-provoking and innovative quality of their work, as well as the teams’ suitability for addressing the competition theme.

Applicants for the competition were judged on their record of creative work by an esteemed panel of jury members with expertise in design, planning, and real estate.  Panelists included Enrique Norten from TEN Arquitectos and Terence Riley, former chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA and current partner at Keenen / Riley.

AGENCY has developed an expertise in transformational designs and development strategies for vacant lots and neglected urban properties.  Their proposals to transform low density retail parking lots and vacant lots in Philadelphia have garnered attention from design critics and professionals in recent years.

The finalist teams have eight weeks to develop their designs, with the winning design scheduled to be built in Winter 2014.  Follow AGENCY on social media and stay tuned to the blog for project updates.