lauren elise clark
Sobe-green_BW.jpg

sobe green

sun. sand. sustainability?

year / 2011

location / south beach, florida, usa

5th-year university project / individual work

South Beach: home to 34,000 people and a vacation destination for millions. The combination of Art Deco history, famous beaches, international culture, 5-star hotels and nightlife makes it a highlight of South Florida and a tourist mecca for people worldwide. Its downfall lies in the vehicular nature of its layout and function; its reality as an island means that everything must be transported in: people mean goods, and goods mean roads.

sobe green conceptual master plan

sobe green conceptual master plan

the plan.

What would make South Beach a more pleasant city is a change: from car to feet/public transit and from road to sidewalk. This would allow for the existing functions of the area and its businesses to continue as-is while providing a pleasant pedestrian experience, a larger variety of transit options and a fully “green” take on a walkable city. With so many of South Beach’s visitors and residents already on foot, this jump seems not only logical, but necessary.

exploded axonometric diagram of south beach

exploded axonometric diagram of south beach

comparison of public transportation options with automobiles

comparison of public transportation options with automobiles

greening south beach at the pedestrian level

greening south beach at the pedestrian level

ocean drive - before

ocean drive - before

ocean drive - after

ocean drive - after

commercial street

commercial street

restored dunes and ocean drive view

restored dunes and ocean drive view