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Idea for Developers: Sustainability and Public Art

zöld8Artists across the world are contributing ideas and works of art to help make our built environment more sustainable.  In south Florida, improvements to reduce electrical use in building and smart uses of rain water are particularly important.  Most art projects are equal parts reality and poetry to remind the public about the need to change and a symbol to tenants or buyers about the environmental concerns of the owner.

Generate Electricity:  Wind Turbines

Design for Miami (Unbuilt)
Design for Miami (Unbuilt)
Hilton turbines, Fort Lauderdale
Hilton wind turbines, Fort Lauderdale
Wind Turbine in park in Fort Lauderdale,
Wind Turbine in park in Fort Lauderdale,
Colorful turbines
Colorful turbines

Clean the Air and Cool Building:  Green Facades

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Miami Beach
Miami Beach

Generate Electricity:  Solar Collectors

Solar flower, Dallas, TX by Harries and Heder
Solar flower, Dallas, TX by Harries and Heder
Solar flower, Dallas, TX by Harries and Heder
Solar flower, Dallas, TX by Harries and Heder
Solar panel clad, floating duck
Solar panel clad, floating duck

Designed Wetlands and Water Retention

Seattle water retention by Lorna Jordan
Seattle water retention by Lorna Jordan
Broward water retention by Harries and Heder
Broward water retention by Harries and Heder

Wetlands Style Water Feature

Michael_Singer_Seminole_Sculptural_Biofiltration_Wall
Michael_Singer_Seminole_Sculptural_Biofiltration_Wall

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Roof Water Reuse

Water collection sculpture by Buster Simpson
Water collection sculpture by Buster Simpson
Water collection sculpture by Buster Simpson
Water collection sculpture by Buster Simpson
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Michael_Singer_Seminole_Sculptural_Biofiltration_Wall in Coconut Creek, Fl

Reuse Rain Water

Buster Simpson downtown spouts
Buster Simpson downtown spouts
Stacy Levy downspouts
Stacy Levy downspouts

 

 

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Idea for Developers: Health and Public Art

As lack of basic exercise has contributed to a decline in American health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust  and others have funded research and programs to increase healthy living in the cities.  Active Living by Design and Health Impact Project are programs looking at urban design, building design and urban policies that encourage exercise.    Many of Knight Foundation “Cities Challenge” and “Art Challenge” grants results in more activity use of the city.

These ideas match with the desires of new residents and employee to activate downtowns.    Instead of only the gym, the new generation enjoys using the public spaces of the city for walking, biking, jogging, dancing and games.   Below are public art projects that developers might consider to expand physical (and social) activity around the site and building.

Urban Swings:  Boston and Montreal

Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Montreal Musical Swings
Lawn D, Boston
Lawn D, Boston

Encourage Walking on Stairs

Olafur Eliasson, Germany 2004
Olafur Eliasson, Germany 2004
San Francisco Stairs
San Francisco Stairs
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville
Circulate
Circulate by Erik Carlson, Nashville

 

Watch/Listen to the Video of Piano Stairs in Sweden

Piano Stairs in Sweden
Piano Stairs in Sweden

Encourage Walking/ Jogging with Markers

Walk/Jog markers at Inglewood Forum by Michael Massenburg
Walk/Jog markers at Inglewood Forum by Michael Massenburg
Winged Figure Walk/Job Markers in Tampa by Michele Oka Doner
Winged Figure Walk/Job Markers in Tampa by Michele Oka Doner

Encourage Biking with Cool Looking Bike Racks

Bike Rack
Bike Rack
Bike Rack, Salt Lake City
Bike Rack, Salt Lake City
Bike Rack
Bike Rack
Bike Rack in Berlin
Bike Rack in Berlin

Outdoor Games

Larry Kirkland, Story Garden, Oregon
Larry Kirkland, Story Garden, Oregon
Ping Pong
Ping Pong
Ping Pong by artist Lee Wen
Ping Pong by artist Lee Wen

Places for Organized Activities

 

Basic Training Plaza, San Francisco
Basic Training Plaza, San Francisco
Golf and Dancing
Golf and Dancing

The Integration of New Technologies

Watch the Video of the Roar of the Crowd.

Perform to the Roar of the Crowds, Times Square, by Adam Frank
Perform to the Roar of the Crowds, Times Square, by Adam Frank

You Must do It Once Project

Pathway by RO-AD Architecten in France
Pathway by RO-AD Architecten in France

 

 

Idea for Development: Building Entrances

Lee Lawrie at Rockefeller Center, 1932
Lee Lawrie at Rockefeller Center, 1932

Since the beginning of architecture, front door or entrance has been a primary location for symbolic, religious or decorative elements.  When mansions, hotels and office buildings were invented, the entrance sequence from plaza, staircase, doorway and lobby became the first experience and taste of the building.  This sequence is always complete with art, gardens, lighting and decor of all types.   With the invention of plate glass, the outdoor plaza to indoor lobby merged together especially at night.

Isamu Noguchi at Rockefeller Center
Isamu Noguchi at Rockefeller Center

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Liam Gillick, Entrance and Cornice, UK
Liam Gillick, Entrance and Cornice, UK
Christopher Janey at Broward Library
Christopher Janey at Broward Library
Blackfoot-Crossing-Historical-Park
Blackfoot-Crossing-Historical-Park
Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

Inside Lobby as Exterior/Interior Public Art

Dale Chihuly in Seattle
Dale Chihuly in Seattle
Kent Bloomer Reagan Airport
Kent Bloomer Reagan Airport
Cappy Thompson in Seattle Airport
Cappy Thompson in Seattle Airport

Artwork Guiding into the Entrance

Jenny Holzer at Aria Hotel, Las Vegas
Jenny Holzer at Aria Hotel, Las Vegas
Liam Gillick at 1 Centene Headquarters
Liam Gillick at 1 Centene Headquarters
Mari Gardner at Tampa Children's Museum
Mari Gardner at Tampa Children’s Museum

Idea for Private Developer: Art on Building Tops

Chrysler Building, NYC
Chrysler Building, NYC

The Art in Public Art ordinance requires that most new buildings hire public artists to incorporate artworks into the building or site design.  So we will look at the successful artworks in the architecture and landscape.    In addition to the plazas and landscapes, key typical places include the tops or roofs, the entries and lobbies, the parking garage walls,  the second floors and blank walls.   The goals is find artistic work that enhance the value of the development for the owner and contribute to the energy and artistic reputation of the city.

The Building Tops

Residents and visitors to every city enjoy “looking up” when there is something there.  Rather just a flat roof or a simple pyramid, a sculptural form or digital lighting patterns can distinguish the building and the larger cityscape vista.  The artworks can be smoothly integrated or a surprising addition.

Divers England
Divers England

If you don’t see the slide show, click here to see artist-made tops.

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Does the city need something up high?

WPB Skyline, Photo Credit Palm Beach Post
WPB Skyline, Photo Credit Palm Beach Post

Development Idea: Parking Garage Public Art

In the design of high density office or residential towers, frequently a parking garage fills the 2nd to 5th floors.  The garage lives above the retail storefronts and and below the offices or apartments.    Over the last 20 years, public art have been called into service to enliven the walls with huge artworks designed to let the fresh air enter the garage.

101 Eola, Orlando, Florida
101 Eola, Orlando, Florida
Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane, Australia

Other garages for developments are freestanding.  The first image by artist Ned Kahn moves in the wind, sending patterns across the surface.

Target Field by Ned Kahn
Target Field by Ned Kahn
San Jose Garage by Christian Moeller
San Jose Garage by Christian Moeller
Bank Headquarters Garage, Cincinnati by Julian Stanczak
Bank Headquarters Garage, Cincinnati by Julian Stanczak
Santa Monica Civic Center
Santa Monica Civic Center

santa monica civic center

santa monica civic center
santa monica civic center
Miami Beach
Miami Beach
Related Development by Gary Moore
Related Development in Opa Locka by Gary Moore

Instead of the walls to let the air flow, the structural walls or stairs become places for artistic action.

Orlando Garage by Marcos Cruz
Orlando Garage by Marcos Cruz
Garage-Kansas City Library
Garage-Kansas City Library
Santa Monica Garage
Santa Monica Garage
Garage Wall by Fairey
Garage Wall by Fairey

Public Art for the New Developments

One of the major efforts of the Art in Public Places Master Plan is to develop guidelines for the integration of public art with the condos and office buildings.  Any new development that spends more that $500,000 on direct construction costs must spend 1% of the construction costs on public art.  If the owner does not wish public art, then the owner can contribute the 1% to the Art in Public Places fund.  From this fund, the City’s Art in Public Places Committee will select art projects throughout the city.

Here are some the very large projects that may include public art in the next few years.  At this time, the owners have not told the City if they are planning public art or paying the in lieu of fee to the Art in Public Places fund.

NOTE:  THE IMAGES ARE JUST PROPOSALS.  NONE OF THESE HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE CITY.

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Currie Park Developments
"Tent Site" on Okeechobee Downtown
“Tent Site” on Okeechobee Downtown
Office Tower Downtown at Railroad
Office Tower Downtown at Railroad
Transit Village at Tri Rail Train Staion
Transit Village at Tri Rail Train Staion

Even the Norton Museum of Art will be required to provide outdoor public art that can be seen from the street.

New entrance to the Norton Museum
New entrance to the Norton Museum

In the Norton image notice that sun will reflect the water pattern from the pool onto the roof and walls.    To learn more, read the interview with architect Sir Norman Foster that he gave in Miami in December 2014.