|Thomas, Jones, Shaw, Singer, Reed
On May 19-21, 2004 a three-day workshop was held to develop
schematic planning concepts and principles for workforce housing in sub-tropical, urban Fort Lauderdale. These principles combine “Smart Growth” higher densities with new thinking related to sustainability,
environmental revitalization and social strengthening of the community. Artist
and thinker, Michael Singer, led a team of architects, engineers and planners in the workshops. They examined the 5-acre, city-owned property located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue
NW and Sistrunk Blvd in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Future development will utilize
some of ideas for workforce housing.
design team worked for three days. At the end of each day at 5:30 PM, the team
presented its progress and asked for feedback from the community. Community and
civic leaders, area residents and design professionals attended. Anyone was welcome.
the workshop, the architecture and planning students at Florida Atlantic University, converted the concepts and principles
into site plans, building designs and planning and zoning recommendations.
Singer is an internationally recognized artist and thinker regarding difficult urban and environmental issues. His creative leadership was first demonstrated in the early 1990s when he led a team to re-think a solid
waste transfer station in Phoenix into an education facility and positive force in economic revitalization. He has led other teams designing Army Core of Engineers Levy Construction and New York City Electrical
Generation Plants. Currently, he is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar at
Florida Atlantic University and led the community effort to redesign Howard Park in West Palm Beach in 2003.