On December 8 and 9, The Underline’s Brickell Backyard will introduce The Brickell Stage, a collaborative installation designed and built by the University of Miami School of Architecture faculty and students. This temporary installation is a winner of the Public Space Challenge, a project that invests in creating, activating, and enhancing local parks and public gathering places, along with Miami Dade County Transportation and Public Works and Friends of The Underline.

The Brickell Stage will be a temporary pavilion designed to celebrate the connection between people and place in Miami’s urban setting. Located at the north exit of the Brickell Metrorail station, on the Brickell Backyard’s Underline’s future, the open-air structure will create a sense of place with an elevated stage and flexible seating to host a variety of free interactive performances including live music, poetry readings , comedy, and more. The Brickell Stage will serve area pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, city dwellers, tourists, art aficionados, and any passerby drawn into the varied programming. Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation says, “The Brickell Pavilion continues the momentum towards making the Underline a full-fledged reality. Our goal is to have a great park within walking distance of every Miamian. This will serve to connect residents to each other and their community, and an activated, linear public space such as The Underline goes a long way toward achieving that goal.”

Designed and constructed by faculty and students at the University of Miami School of Architecture, the project is made up of a pattern of 1,001 painted rods that purposely decrease in precise mathematical increments from the edges to the center of the square platform to form a blank triangular stage space for music, poetry, and drama performances. This design creates a forced perspective that focuses the attention of the spectators on the performers and heightens the visual experience for all. University of Miami School of Architecture Associate Dean Carie Penabad says, “While the Pavilionstands is on its own as a racial form, it is also continually modified and animated by the users, performers, audiences and the general public.”
Friends of The Underline Meg Daly notes, “The Brickell Pavillion is one of the many happy creative collaborations we have enjoyed with the University of Miami School of Architecture.  We all share a common commitment to advancing community through activated public spaces including The Underline.”

The Brickell Stage pop-up is free and open to the public, with performances beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9––just north of the Brickell Metrorail Station at 1001 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, 33130.

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