Landscape architect Raymond Jungles is the man behind many of Miami’s most alluring spaces. An Omaha native and disciple of Brazilian modernist Roberto Burle Marx, Jungles set up shop in Miami in the ’80s and has since stamped his green thumbprint all over town. His recent projects include the rooftop garden of the New World Symphony’s new Miami Beach home and the “urban glade” fronting the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage.
In the last few years, during the precipitous decline of Miami’s real estate fortunes, small urban parks have been replacing unbuilt towers, filling in the gaps of the city’s downtown core. Although the city has a new-ish and moderately ambitious parks master plan inspired by the Miami 21 zoning code, most of these parks are the result of independent, grassroots activism or private interests.
Besides having one helluva surname, Raymond Jungles also led the project to redesign the stretch of promenade in front of 1111 Lincoln Road, the new concrete-and-glass parking garage by Herzog & de Meuron. According to Jungles’ site, the goal was to transform the area into an “urban glade” in line with Morris Lapidus’ original vision. (Lapidus redesigned Lincoln Road in 60s.)
Whatever an “urban glade” is, Jungles certainly transformed the stretch of Lincoln Road between Alton and Lenox. Here are two cool sketches for the project from Jungles’ site, the first of which somehow reminds me of a surrealist diagram of some grimy bodily function.