The Miami Design District has announced the six highly-anticipated finalists for the 2020 Design Commission in collaboration with curators Anava Projects. Marking its sixth annual debut, this year’s theme is Energy: Renewable, Kinetic, Equitable. Each year, the neighborhood commissions emerging creatives, inviting them to transform the neighborhood through immersive concepts and mesmerizing installations.
Since the initiative’s inception in 2015, the Miami Design District has partnered with unique artists, giving them full range to bring to life a variety of compelling experiences for visitors. Last year, Fernando Laposse’s Pink Beasts created a beautiful pink landscape throughout the District’s pedestrian-friendly streets using thousands of pink sisal tassels, sculptural hammocks and oversized hairy pink sloths that hung from the trees and arches. In years prior, the Miami Design District has had the pleasure of collaborating with and debuting: Dozie Kanu’s Support System (2018); Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s White Rain (2017); Philippe Malouin’s The Speed of Light (2016); and Snarkitecture’s Holiday (2015).
According to Anava Projects: “The energy theme was inspired by the pivotal moment in which we now find ourselves. As we all aim to be more mindful of the impact our decisions—and the energy attached to them—make on ourselves, our communities, and our environment, these six exceptional creatives each bring a special and important perspective. Everyone uses design to engage and inspire, at the same time that they consider energy on macro and local levels. We believe each thoughtful concept has the potential to affect guests in immediate and lasting ways.”
The 2020 Design Commission six finalists are as follows:
Drawing inspiration from Miami’s tropical, sunny climate, award-winning Amsterdam-based solar designer Marjan van Aubel, presents Power to Miami. Comprising elegant and aesthetically exciting parasols strategically placed throughout the neighborhood, Power to Miami provides both shade and a source of electricity in a visually impactful form.
Conceived by Miami-based artist and designer Emmett Moore, Victory Garden is a series of modular, sculptural planters interspersed throughout the neighborhood. The project, an edible garden of native plants and solar-powered energy source, showcases planters made from repurposed stainless-steel drums and aims to give back to the local community by educating, feeding, powering and inspiring.
Chilean studio Great Things to People (gt2P) has designed a series of interactive, architectural play structures reminiscent of childhood fun. Conscious Actions includes multiple devices whose movements are activated through physical and natural forces, reminding users of the direct impact that every action has on our environment.
Toronto-based urban designer Nicole Nomsa Moyo takes visitors on a journey that visualizes the impacts of climate change in Miami as water levels rise. Suitably, RISING consists of sea-blue fabric installed throughout the neighborhood—covering and hanging from the district’s palm trees—taking guests on a journey that shows what can be done to reduce our impact.
Inspired by the energy of Miami’s queer community, Atelier Office presents SPARKLE. An assemblage of metal disks, solar cells, and LEDs, the installation recalls sequins, glimmering and twisting within the neighborhood’s courtyards and passageways while celebrating the vitality that gender non-conformity has imparted to Miami’s fashion, nightlife, and overall character.
Imagined by Miami-based creative Germane Barnes, Water Park|Water Marks tells a unique story of water as a critical force in our lives—especially for those who call Miami home. The primary element of the installation takes the form of an oversized building gutter, which engages the neighborhood with various functions including water mister, seating, wade pool and a table, offering new amenity to MDD guests while inviting them to mitigate sea-level rise.
This year marks the first time that the Miami Design District announces the finalists for its highly-anticipated Design Commission. A winner is set to be announced later this month, and the Miami Design District’s Design Commission is set to be on display in December.
All photos as renderings courtesy of Miami Design District.