Original essay written for Aileen Zeigen’s Masters of Architecture thesis: Invisible Cities. Aileen is not only one of the most talented human beings I know but has also been my friend for over 12 years and my family for life. I feel so honored to have been chosen to participate in this project.
Invisible Cities: Miami
If I had to boil Waves to a single sentence it would be “se habla ingles.” There is no greater truth than that previous statement: people in Waves speak English. They also speak Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and pretty much any other language and dialect you can fathom. Although Waves is geographically located in the south of the United States I would dare say that this city is an ocean drop that contains a grain of salt from every part of the world.
Waves’ architecture is a direct reflection of this idea. One could say that its’ white buildings with blue windows represent the ocean and the sky, which is how most people arrive to this city. Because the thing is that throughout the years, Waves has become the landing strip for anyone who is craving a new adventure.
Even though Waves is one of the youngest most modern cities in the world, those who have developed it have made sure it maintains its authenticity. Here you can find neighborhoods like Miami Beach, which is over one hundred years old just minutes away from neighborhoods like Wynwood which barely a decade young. The best part is that they fit together in perfect harmony. I guess Waves really respects its elders.
As cities evolve they seem to earn a reputation for what they provide for the people who visit them. Paris promises you love, New York promises you that if you can make it there you can make it anywhere but Waves just wants the best for everyone. When you arrive here it welcomes you with open arms and its ocean views urge you to stay. It treats everyone who lands here as an equally important grain of salt that is essential to this ocean drop donde se habla ingles.