Diagram of Conflict Between an Existing Cultural Condition and One Described in a Movie (Scarface)

Site Map of Key Focal Areas of Research

Comparison of the urban fabric of Downtown Miami with 8th Street (Little Havana)

Interview with Cuban Exiles at Versailles Restaurant at 8th Street (Little Havana)

Juxtapositions of South Beach elements into 8th Street (Little Havana)

Initial operation pods that represent both South Beach users and Little Havana users

Programmatic distribution for both South Beach Culture and Little Havana Culture into design

Construction of elements for both users

Ground Floor Plan of design with key moments of clashes between cultures

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Axonometric with distribution of users

Section with proposed outcomes of pods

Relationship of Pods with different material cultures of both types of users

Proposed outcome of situations at different moments in design

A Series of Uncanny Events

The project focuses on Cuban Exiles in Miami, Florida. The project questions the transgressions that take place between two opposing cultures one deemed outdated and one that is current. The main inspiration for the project was generated behind the immediate negative reaction that Cuban Exiles had towards the movie Scarface. The idea behind the project is to create a design that will force both cultures to constantly meet one another at certain locations to partake in activities that they are not usually comfortable with. The two types of cultures are the Cuban Exiles and the South Beach users. The project works of concepts of ‘Transgressions’ by Bataille and ‘The Uncanny’ by Sigmund Freud. The outcome is to create spaces that are moderately unfamiliar to both users but at the same time has a certain degree of familiarity.

In conclusion, the project proposes a design that ensures a dynamic series of events based on the programs and the users that challenges the reaction of cultures which are quick to judge and reject conditions that are unfamiliar to them proving that the unfamiliar is not always bad.

Project won the 2011 Architectural Association Travel Studentship Award

Award Winning Second Year Project at the Architectural Association
Studio Design