The VELA Project [Visualizing Equity in Landscape Architecture] is a women-led research collaborative lead by Plot Studio's TJ Marston and Samantha Solano that aims to reveal various gender narratives in the practice of landscape architecture. The ground-breaking work has been featured by the WxLA and was recently featured on ASLA's the DIRT and Landscape Architecture Magazine!
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RE:Capture Wagner Creek is a pilot project led by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with Plot Studio which aims to showcase and explore how Miami can live with water. The design uses the small but mighty space (.18 acres) to hold and clean stormwater, provide underserved communities access to public space and creates a living shoreline that showcases five native habitats. Yes we said it was small but mighty!
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BioBlitz @ is a multi-event citizen science initiative aimed to connect local communities to urban waterways in Miami. The idea was seeded through a grant from Radical Partners during the 100 Great Ideas Incubator.
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#1 Bioblitz @ Wagner Creek was the first installment in the multi-event initiative, held in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Radical Partners and Catalyst Miami. The event was connected to The Nature Conservancy's initiative to #restorewagnercreek and Plot Studio's RE:Capture the Creek design proposal.
Over 50+ children from Kids n' Touch Academy, volunteers, and local community members attended the event. Participants used artificial intelligence and technology (through apps like iNaturalist and ESRI Storymaps) to learn about plants and animals in their waterways, make scientific observations and learn about local history! Over 140+ scientific observations were made during the event!
Local children shared their vision for the future of Miami's urban waterways through chalk art activities led by graduate students from FIU's Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design students. They enjoyed food and drinks sponsored by ESK Design and FREE ICE CREAM by our local vendor from Overtown - Jackson Bros Ice Cream!