Dream in Green is proud to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Design & Build Competition. This competition is the genesis of a close partnership with Florida International University Department of Landscape Architecture. High school students were connected with architect graduate students and together they studied and reimagine areas of Miami to adapt to climate change. High school student teams were invited to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens to serve as a case-study as it is located right on Biscayne Bay. Teams learned about the threats and coastal adaptions Vizcaya has undertaken especially after Hurricane Irma in 2017. Next teams were matched with their mentors and tasked with identifying a plot of land zoned for residential housing where they would build their model while researching the historical, social and economic background of that area. Teams had to consider the impacts of climate change including sea level rise and develop adaptations to those threats. Each team was required to build a 3D model of their redesigned area. Dream in Green invited high school students to present their final projects on February 20, 2021 virtually.

Five judges were invited to view the students’ final models, ask questions and listen to a short presentation. We would like to thank our judges which included representatives from our sponsors, FIU School of Architecture and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

1st place – Coral Reef Senior High School

2nd place – G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School

3rd place – Robert Morgan Educational Center

Honorable Mention – Carrollton School of Scared Hearts

We would like to thank our sponsors for this event including Curtis & Rogers, Dover, Kohl & Partners and Advanced Green Technologies. A special thank you our virtual host FIU| Landscape Architecture & Environmental and Urban Design and for providing graduate student mentors. Thank you to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for serving as a case study and providing tours for our high school teams.

About Dream in Green

Dream in Green (DIG) is a Miami-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, especially youth, to lead in the response to climate change and other environmental challenges facing South Florida. DIG assists diverse organizations, including schools, households, governments and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. Through establishing partnerships in our community, we develop, implement and oversee educational programs and workshops that promote environmentally sustainable behaviors among all age groups, with a particular emphasis on K-12 students.