Notre Dame Students Focus on Micro-Urbanism and Small Architecture in Point Washington, Florida

Author: Ashley Johnston

In the fall of 2013, a group of ND architecture students and Professor Lucien Steil set out to Point Washington, FL, to help steward the development of the city in a sustainable and comprehensive way. Film maker Petra Haffter went along to capture the journey.
The students focused on what they called “Micro-Urbanism” and “Small Architecture,” allowing incremental change and a slow additive process to develop a manageable, understandable and desirable change in the context of continuity and tradition. Their proposals prioritized the consolidation of the civic realm and central places of civic, cultural and social life supporting the cohesion and conviviality of the Point Washington Community. The students also looked very thoroughly at the natural context and the wonderful opportunities to enhance the boat landing and its connections with the National Park .