Program Director: Martin Gold
Associate Professor, University of Florida School of Architecture
Program location: 261 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236-6801
CityLab-Sarasota, offers unique opportunities for UF students to study architecture and urbanism in a culturally and environmentally rich community that also faces great ecological and infrastructural challenges as it continues to grow. A core mission of Citylab-Sarasota will be to enlist students, through a design intensive curriculum, in service-learning projects drawn from local needs and initiatives that also address larger issues of sustainability, ecology, and economy. The process will bring together students, community stakeholders, municipal agencies, citizens, and professionals in visioning exercises and scenario modeling with the outcomes exhibited at the center and submitted nationally for awards. This model has been highly successful in many design centers and centers for architecture emerging around the US in the past decade.
Citylab-Sarasota leverages a unique collaboration between the UF School of Architecture, Sarasota County, and the Center for Architecture Sarasota – a local nonprofit organization dedication to the promotion of architecture and design in the community. CityLab-Sarasota will share space with the Center for Architecture Sarasota at 261 South Orange Avenue, in a fully restored mid-century modern building originally design by Sarasota School architect William Rupp in 1960. The new facility will include exhibition space, a lecture hall, academic studios, model shop, digital fabrication, and offices in support of the academic and community outreach mission.