About Ofer Mizrahi, Founder and Visionary of Miami IronsideÂ Ofer Mizrahi has been an active leader in the revitalization of the MiamiÂ Design District community for more than 15 years.
In 2001, Mizrahi extended his efforts to the revitalization of a brownfieldâ€”now MiamiÂ Art Space, a vibrant epic center of the arts and businessesâ€”in theÂ Wynwood Art District. In turn, there has since been a significantÂ resurgence of activity in this once underserved neighborhood. Today,Â Wynwood is a dynamic urban creative neighborhood attracting nationalÂ and global interest and investment.Â In 2007, Mizrahi was honored by March of Dimes Building OurÂ Community Awards for â€œCommunity Excellence in Architecture &Â Engineering.â€ Today, Mizrahiâ€”a Board of Trustees member for MOCAÂ North Miamiâ€”is the visionary behind Miami Ironside in the Little RiverÂ Industrial District, west of the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard HistoricÂ District. With a European village concept in mind, he has created aÂ modern-day pattern language to exemplify green strategies in the renovation of a warehouse complex,Â housing and showcasing creative eco-preneurs who want to be a part of a contemporary concept for aÂ live-work community of like-minded designers, artists, creators and businesses. Acquired starting 2003,Â the site was coined Miami Ironside in early 2008, stemming from its location next to the iron railroadÂ tracks as well as the use of iron throughout the renovation and design of the complexes.
The Wall Street Journal refers to Mizrahi as a pioneer in the community with regard to â€œseeing the
valueâ€ of eco-friendly construction materials, and in so doing, he encourages businesses to set new
standards in â€œgreenâ€ architecture and design.
Wired Magazineâ€™s October 2014 interview with architect and industrial artist Ron Arad was quoted as
saying about Mizrahi, “is it an oxymoron to say an idealistic developer? Anyway, he might be one.