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22 August 2019

A North Miami Lot Shows How Small Cities Can Manage Stormwater

Excerpted from the story in Next City

Department Design Office is the winner of Keeping Current: Repetitive Loss Properties, a competition by Van Alen Institute and City of North Miami inviting designers to reimagine public uses of the city’s current and future so-called repetitive loss properties. The competition focused on a single vacant lot in the middle of a block lined with low-rise houses.

The idea, according to Van Alen, is “to promote climate-consciousness, reinvigorate an underused communal area, and reduce the cost of flood insurance, in hopes that other cities will also benefit.” Department Design Office’s winning proposal, titled Good Neighbor, will transform the lot into an open green space with public seating and interactive stormwater infrastructure meant to accommodate and respond to flooding.