Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2011 - (Page 8)
MICHAEL LINGERFELT, AIA, LEED AP
IA Florida exists to “unite, educate and position architects to lead in the shaping of Florida’s future.” It’s the Association’s motto, and it’s something I strongly agree with and wanted to write more about. What if architects viewed the shaping of Florida’s future as a design project? How might we begin to make it better? Warren Berger was a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. In his book, Glimmer, he makes the point that “many social challenges are complex and require problem-solving that involves creativity, experimentation, empathy and system thinking—all hallmarks of the design approach.” Most people look at a blank piece of paper in fear of having to make the first mark. Architects look at it with excitement and exhilaration. They have the opportunity to make the first mark!
But, we can’t impact change without being involved in our communities. Take a look around Central Florida to see how vision and imagination has had a profound impact on the area. Orlando was a small agricultural town until one man proved that “all your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney believed in an idea—a family park where parents and children could have fun together—and he created the third most visited site on Earth. In Daytona, visitors are electrified each spring when they hear “start your engines.” Finally, the Kennedy Space Center encourages us to “reach for the stars,” and as President John F. Kennedy said in his famous 1962 speech at Rice University, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
2011 AIA FLORIDA OFFICERS
President Michael Lingerfelt, AIA, LEED AP President-elect Peter W. Jones, AIA Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Butler, AIA Vice Presidents Martin Diaz-Yabor, AIA Dan Kirby, AIA Amy Nowacki, AIA, LEED AP Gus N. Paras, AIA Associate Director-at-Large Rick Ruiz, Assoc. AIA Regional Directors Stacy Bourne, AIA Clarice Sollog, Assoc. AIA Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA Immediate Past President Richard J. Logan, AIA
2011 AIA PUERTO RICO OFFICERS
President Miguel del Río, AIA Vice President Jaime E. Sobrino, AIA Secretary Emma Colón, Assoc. AIA Treasurer Emmanuel Ramírez, AIA Associate Director Darwin Marrero, Assoc. AIA
What if architects viewed the shaping of Florida’s future as a design project?
Architects are visionaries who see things as they are, but with passion about the situation and the alternatives. It is both challenging and exciting to use our problem solving skills to create the future we visualize. For the future of Florida, however, architects must look past the property lines of current projects and use the wide-angle vision that the future will require. The problem, as I see it, is that this “talent for designing Florida’s future” is not widely recognized by Florida’s leaders. Architects have the potential to make positive change in virtually every area of public concern: health, education, criminal justice and the environment. It is time for architects to accept our calling and use our energies and our skills to shape the future of Florida. I challenge you to imagine the future and make it happen. This year’s Convention will be like no other because you will be in attendance. You will unite with old friends and make new ones, you will be able to attend educational sessions that will help you develop into a better architect and community leader and help you create your own vision for Florida’s future.
Director, Three Years Julián Manríquez, AIA Director, Two Years Darianne Ochoa, AIA Director, One Year Monique Lugo, AIA Past President Diana Luna
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2011
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2011
Table of Contents
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
President’s Message / Michael Lingerfelt
The Origami Effect
Invasive and Exotic Architectural Species
2011 Legislative Session Wrap-up
Outsert: Epic Metals Corporation
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2011