In Miami, there is a lack of public space; and consequently a lack of interpersonal discussion and intercultural friction. My proposal is a system of transportable and transformable units that provide new public space.
The lack of public discussion is also caused by the fact that life in Miami is pre-programmed by the government and its laws. Many of these laws, however, only apply to public spaces. The proposed units are placed on disused plots in private ownership at the edge of the actual street space. By accommodating public space on private plots, an interesting legal condition arises- many restrictive laws are overcome e.g. no permit is required for assemblies, number of events per month is not limited, it is much easier to erect any structure. The proposed units therefore become spaces of discussion, direct negotiation and interaction.
The proposed units are transformable and transportable; in order to be able to respond to changes the gaps in the urban fabric and legal system, and fill them to the maximum extent. The spatial organisation of the system fluctuates periodically with the events that are taking place; ranging from a retreat for direct democracy on typical days with folded roofs and few stalls in the street placed on basis of skip permits; to unfolded roofs, stalls and stages arranged spontaneously on the streets during an exception of right-of-way on day of Calle Ocho Carnival.