PURDY AVE storm water PUMP STATION

Miami Beach, FL - 2016

A $500 million dollar civic project to raise several street levels and install pumps to expel storm and tidal water back into Biscayne Bay was implemented in order to save the city from tidal flooding and impending sea level rise. The pump stations are a new infrastructure that responds to an emerging issue for both Miami Beach and the planet at large – climate change. Rather than suppress this layer within the urban fabric, our creation of the screens provide an opportunity for awareness. Specifically the Purdy Avenue station sits within a landscaped area. Thus we treated it as a vertically perched urban marquee. Utilizing graphic shapes as well as camouflaging color, it alternately calls attention to itself as well as provides a protective coat around the pump station.