First Look At Four Possible Designs For Wynwood’s Third Avenue Woonerf

Wynwood’s Business Improvement District was shown preliminary plans of a design for the Third Avenue Woonerf at a meeting last week.

A total of three woonerfs could be built in Wynwood under an ArquitectonicaGEO master plan, but the Third Avenue Woonerf is already being designed by Brooklyn’s Local Office Landscape Architecture.

The concept would take four blocks of roadway and convert it into a pedestrian first zone which also acts as a public open space. Shared water storage and energy production is also mentioned as a possibility beneath the woonerf.

A two-way road could be converted into one-way only traffic, although some developers asked for two-way traffic to be retained, the Herald reported.

Up to 80% of the public right of way would be devoted to pedestrians, with on street parking removed. Traffic calming devices or jogs in the road would ensure a slower speed by motorists.

Four possible designs, including Promenade, Art Canvas, Garden, and Habitat were shown in the presentation.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Looks good sadly MDX can build a new highway faster than we can get any pedestrian improvements in Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m sure designing for Human interaction rather than cars takes a bit longer. There is only one chance to get it right, so instead of whining… get involved, and participate, these presentations are open to the public.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Principles for Wynwood Woonerf:
1. seamless public space & private business
2. enhanced streetscape and shade trees
3. incorporate natural environment and social & economic resilience of community

Anonymous
1 year ago

These Woonerf’s are a great idea.. less transit, more walkability in a beautiful place…

Anonymous
1 year ago

The two that make the most sense for Wynwood to “grow into” are Woonerf as Art Canvas and Woonerf as Habitat. The decision really seems to be which kind of experience you want to have along Third Ave: congregational/social or movement-oriented.

Woonerf as Art Canvas seems to be the best “balance”. It provides lush green space by containing it within a “pocket park”, while also giving back significant street-space to pedestrians. As some business owners and developers have been in the news chanting, Wynwood isn’t Coconut Grove. Yes, some foliage would be nice, but it’s the open, industrial-artsy warehouseyness that got Wynwood where it is. The increased pedestrian space is the best selling point, as people are currently spilling off the sidewalks. The open space would help “collect” people in a free public zone which doesn’t otherwise exist outside of a business in the area.

Woonerf as Habitat, by providing a “boardwalk/linear park” in some ways harmonizes with the developing Underline, Baywalk and Riverwalk here, and a bit like the High Line in New York. This design encourages people to move along Third Ave as a “conduit” and linear exhibition of landscape design. The benches along the way are geared more toward smaller numbers of people, like “rest stops”, meaning foot traffic moves along more steadily. Though similar, it seems to be more of a “built” or “structured” environment than Woonerf as Garden. More permanent/finished.

The other two Woonerf designs (Promenade/Garden) seem too much or too little of one thing or another to feel like the right “balance” for Wynwood’s future to unfold into. Just the opinions of a neighborhood citizen.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Also important to keep in mind, we’re looking at a four block stretch of the neighborhood, not changing the entire fabric of Wynwood.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s like of all the streets and public space in Miami which need this kind of attention, it’s proposed for the one that doesn’t actually need as much.

Anonymous
1 year ago

# 1 Woonerf as Promenade

Anonymous
1 year ago

WeWork is moving in!

Joel
1 year ago

I’ll be honest, I don’t like this plan. While it provides good measures in terms of pedestrian accessibility and increased tree canopy, what was appealing about Wynwood was its industrial feel. If there are trees blocking the views how will you see murals? I’d love to see this plan incorporated in any newly developed area of Miami, but Wynwood has already been developed and now is even starting to lose its character. It amazing how Tony Goldman’s vision has been completely watered down and lost.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Go one street over and you’ll have your warehouse views

Anonymous
1 year ago

Murals !!??? LMAO !! They will all be gone after the redevelopment is done… save for the corporate ‘homage’ murals located in the lobbies of the new buildings. Enjoy the micro units ! 😉

Ricardo Bofill
1 year ago

Lacks nuance, lacks architectural texture and really lacks any depth on how any of these schemes works from an ecological perspective. An average 3D modeler can put this together in 30 minutes, retouching included. Lastly, how is this unique to Miami? These are just tropical landscaping overkill in a sub-tropical climate that have no semblance of cost.

Anonymous Jones
1 year ago

Agree. The designers seem to be caught up more in academic concepts verses proven solutions. This looks more like a student design in its thinking and graphics without any mention of how this can be technically achieved or with references to comparables. What are the realizable goals here other than this firm trying to market itself for more stored up academic solutions in south Florida which they seem to think is a tropical planting location or repository. Their solutions lack imagination and most certainly an understanding of south Florida’s high humidity and sub tropical climate?

C.O. Jones
1 year ago

The idea should be for cars, pedestrians, and cyclist to share the road as equals and to mitigate the vehicular traffic accordingly, thereby allowing the district to emerge as a more livable and usable solution. It’s not about the fauna or plantings or landscape. For better reference See CityLab https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2015/03/6-places-where-cars-bikes-and-pedestrians-all-share-the-road-as-equals/388351/