“Beautiful Decay” Exhibition in Opa-locka
Friday, 09/18/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
“Beautiful Decay” is an architectural exploration into the viability of current methods of habitation. Both real and speculative, the selected projects explore sceneries and scenarios that tackle the issues facing our ever-changing landscape. Featuring local and national architects and designers, the exhibition is curated by Germane Barnes, OLCDC Designer-in-Residence and Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
The exhibition will run from September 18 to October 18, 2015.
“Beautiful Decay was inspired by the disillusionment one often experiences with architecture. Whether professionally or in academia, one often reaches a critical juncture when they attempt to find their place in the field. Architecture is routinely thought of as limitless and impactful and iconic and autonomous. A lucky few are able to realize those thoughts, the vast majority are not. Miami, a relatively young city, is currently facing that moment. While contemporary projects are beginning to appear across the city, Miami’s rich history is collateral damage.
The goal of this exhibition is to bring attention to issues surrounding but not limited to South Florida. Sea level rise and flooding are no longer speculative topics, but real phenomenon that one physically and visually experiences during the summer months. Architecture in the tropical world is filled with endless, speculative possibilities that need to be explored.
While Beautiful Decay is an attempt to give a Voice to the voiceless, to express the work of locations that are often forgotten or ignored, it is not limited to Miami. Proposals will display instances of global decadence and work that provoke insightful discussion on the world that we inhabit, both positively and negatively.”
➖ Germane Barnes