Zoom discussion with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk ’72: Miami 21 & Why Brickell Works

Thursday, January 7 at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, January 7 at 5 p.m., join planner/architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk ’72, principal author of the City of Miami’s Miami 21 zoning code, for a Zoom discussion about why it’s worked and how it might be changed.

Lizz Plater-Zyberk is former dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is acclaimed worldwide as a pioneer of the New Urbanism movement that the New York Times called “the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the last 50 years.” Lizz’s work on Miami’s zoning code 10 years ago is primarily responsible for how much of modern Miami looks today, with the animated sidewalks and cafes of Brickell; street-embracing retail centers in what had been shopping deserts; welcoming, pedestrian-friendly towers with concealed parking; public green spaces and waterfront promenades. Miami’s form-based zoning has been the model for cities around the country, Denver most prominently.

Lizz will recount her experiences in the room where this all happened, and talk about what worked and why it worked. With a task force scheduled to deliver recommendations in December for changes in Miami 21, she’ll also look at changes that are being proposed and how they might meet the post-pandemic needs of Miami.

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