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Water Park | Water Marks

Water Park | Water Marks tells a uniquely Miamian story through the lens of water as a critical force in our lives. The primary element takes the form of an oversized, stylized building gutter that engages Paseo Ponti and Jade Alley, with functions that range from water mister to seating, from wade pool to table. Though often overlooked, the gutter is critical in the mitigation of water. Utilizing solar powered LEDs, the gutter incorporates pulsating light to inform visitors of rising sea levels, immersing guests in the presence of water. The second element spotlights the effects of climate change on specific, vulnerable Miami communities such as Little Haiti, Little River, and Liberty City, honoring their rich, distinct cultural legacies alongside efforts to preserve them. Complementary programming will engage local community organizations integral to maintaining a culturally diverse Miami—at the same time that we build towards a more equitable one.

The Firm / Designers

Germane Barnes' Miami-based research and design practice examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been exhibited and published in several revered international institutions and outlets — most notably by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Graham Foundation, New York Times, Architect Magazine, Design Miami/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute and The National Museum of African American History, where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.

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