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Los Paseos – Birdseye

Commercial, Concept, Masterplan

Like paint splashed across the city, Los Paseos uses landscape art to reintroduce native vegetation and ecosystem functionality back into the stark, concrete plane of inland, postindustrial Miami. Los Paseos is a vibrant, transit-oriented development at the intersection of Miami’s Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods. True to its name, the project promotes sustainable mobility by creating a pedestrian-scale neighborhood with strong transit and bike connections to the rest of Miami. At the center of the site, under a breezy arcade of grand arches, Tuttle Station provides a seven-minute train connection to Downtown Miami.

Studies show Miami to be at major risk for sea level rise. Sitting ten feet above sea level, Los Paseos addresses the effects of climate change by raising the majority of the occupied spaces above mid-term coastal flooding projections. Ground-floor parking garages tucked behind storefronts increases customer access while minimizing flood risk. The new street alignments, protected bike lanes, and raised intersections reassemble the grid and create safe convenient pedestrian and bike circulation through the site.

Los Paseos supports the area’s existing artistic character by creating affordable live-work studios, makers spaces, and galleries, as well as a new world-class campus for the Nader Museum of Latin American art. The museum, in combination with a community recreation space and library, rise from Paseos Park, a multi-functional urban commons and outdoor sculpture garden. With spaces for fitness, games, and performances, the park provides a year-round destination and gathering space.

Paseos Park is a net-zero water consumer, using greywater and runoff from surrounding buildings for irrigation. The stormwater management strategy extends from the park to the surrounding streets, which retain runoff to mitigate flooding, filter pollutants, and facilitate infiltration to replenish the Biscayne Aquifer.

Los Paseos will work closely and collaboratively with local residents through workshops and online feedback tools to ensure that the project meets community needs. Acknowledging the threat of gentrification and displacement, Los Paseos provides extensive affordable housing, including 240 units of affordable family-size apartments, as well as workforce housing solutions through coliving and microunit dwellings.

Miami’s hot and humid climate necessitates constant natural ventilation and porous blocks. In this context, optimal density and well functioning building units are achieved by creating large blocks with open spaces that release hot air upward and pull cold air inward creating cross ventilation while also preserving light penetration and view corridors.

On the Wynwood side of the site, Los Paseos extends the palm-lined 1st Ave retail corridor with affordable art galleries, restaurants, and retail, featuring the relocated Midtown Garden Center alongside gourmet Cubanos. Augmented reality murals, engage visitors and educate them about local history and culture. On the Edgewater side of the site, Biscayne Market extends west from the station plaza to 2nd Ave, with vendors selling everything from mofongo to mangoes. The market includes a public kitchen with cooking classes focused on Carribean cuisine. The residential southeast quadrant of the site includes all the necessary services for families to thrive, including a grocery store, daycare, and children’s garden.