12 episodes

Conversations, sharing of ideas about conscious urban development, and vision casting for localized impact entrepreneurship.

Urblandia Andrew Quarrie

    • Society & Culture
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Conversations, sharing of ideas about conscious urban development, and vision casting for localized impact entrepreneurship.

    Episode 12\\ A Conversation with Artist, Axel Void

    Episode 12\\ A Conversation with Artist, Axel Void

    Guest\\ Axel Void

    Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was born in Miami in 1986 to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father. He was raised in Spain from the age of three, where he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel Void has been in contact with graffiti writing since 1999. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and based himself in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides.

    Axel is a multimedia artist driven by a passionate interest in the art of storytelling. Inspired by truth in all its forms. Whether exploring the visceral realness of an uncomfortable reality, or the hazy delight of nostalgia, each work documents sincerity, presented with an almost journalistic intrigue. Axels area of interest lies in the untold stories of ordinary people, everyday moments without facade or flair. Inherently familiar, through his stories we experience our social constructs, our families, our fears and triumphs; his characters ascend to metaphors for the human condition; mourned or celebrated through our collective memory. Read more...



    About URBLANDIA

    Connecting Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) developers, urban planners, architects, designers, and community stakeholders with urban development projects and opportunities throughout the US. Learn more at urblandia.com

    • 39 min
    Episode 11\\ An Architectural Visualist and His American Experience, Azeez Bakare

    Episode 11\\ An Architectural Visualist and His American Experience, Azeez Bakare

    Born of Nigerian heritage in the United States, Azeez chose the career path of architectural visualizations and photography as his storytelling and purpose-driven medium. Here is a slice of his American experience so far.



    Guest\\ Azeez Bakare

    Azeez Bakare is a 3D Artist, Photographer, and Videographer who helps firms, agencies, developers, and solopreneurs translate their ideas into high-quality visualization. Spending over 9 years in the industry, Azeez knows that quality in visualization matters. Azeez secured a lead role at top Architecture/Engineering firm, HOK, and 3D visualist position with emmy-award winning agency, DBOX.

    Since starting his own virtual studio team in 2015, Azeez has landed production contracts with top international companies such as Nike, Airbnb, Google, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and the Miami Dolphins. He’s landed coverage in print with A+U Magazine, Miami Magazine, and Ocean Drive. His work has been featured in broadcast outlets around the world including CNN Style, Architectural Digest, TMZ, Wallpaper Magazine, and ArchDaily.

    In addition to his work experience, Azeez is an official ambassador with Google, selected as a top 50 creative out of 2,000+ members internationally. A certified visualist, recently presenting on the topic of 3D Visualization at the National Conference of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects). He is a member and advocate of Black Architects in the Making (BAM), an equal opportunity program focused on enhancing students’ awareness about architecture. Run through the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD), the program encourages young Black students to consider architecture as a career. Azeez is was awarded locally for visualizations used in the Wynwood Greenhouse competition in Miami, FL.

    Azeez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, and minor in Visual Communication Design from The Ohio State University.





    About Urblandia

    Urblandia is an emerging platform focused on amplifying positive impact entrepreneurship. Join us on urblandia.com

    • 36 min
    Episode 10\\ Architecture and the Social Justice Narrative, Germane Barnes

    Episode 10\\ Architecture and the Social Justice Narrative, Germane Barnes

    A conversation about the current state of the architectural design profession and its institutional and educational biases.  How far has the profession evolved and the work that still needs to be done within the context of inclusivity and social justice? Listen and join the conversation - leave your comments and questions.

    Guest\\ Germane Barnes

    Germane Barnes is an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community, Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami. He is also the Director of Studio Barnes, a research and design practice that investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.



    About Urblandia

    Urblandia is an emerging platform focused on amplifying impact entrepreneurship. Join us on urblandia.com

    • 32 min
    Episode 9\\ Reforming the Fashion Industry, Jordana Guimarães

    Episode 9\\ Reforming the Fashion Industry, Jordana Guimarães

    A conversation about sustainability and inclusivity challenges within the fashion industry. 

    Guest\\ Jordana Guimarães, Co-Founder at FASHINNOVATION

    Over 15 years experience as a Marketing, Sales & Public Relations Director in the lifestyle & fashion industries and recently co-founded FASHINNOVATION: a platform showcasing innovations via ways of technology, shaping the fashion industry. Strong focus on sustainability, women empowerment & inclusivity.



    About Urblandia

    Urblandia is an emerging platform focused on amplifying impact entrepreneurship. Join us on urblandia.com

    • 31 min
    Episode 8\\ Why It Takes a Village, Melissa Meade

    Episode 8\\ Why It Takes a Village, Melissa Meade

    We tend to have many blind spots when it comes to identifying and prioritizing problems within our cities. Sometimes this can be attributed to a lack of awareness, not just personal or institutional interest.  

    "It takes a village" is more than just a famous African Proverb used on email signatures and distributed by memes on social media, but its literal meaning could help tackle issues such as foster care challenges within our built environment. Community impact also requires careful "village" planning in urban development. Listen as we explore some of the nuances of creating impact within the foster care system.



    About Our Guest

    Melissa Meade joined FFCR in November 2018 as our Communications & Development Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a triple major in Economics, Ecosystem Science & Policy and International Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Melissa brings with her a decade of professional experience working primarily in wealth management and has extensive experience supporting communication and operational efforts for community organizations, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Most recently, she served as the Campaign Operations Director for a South Florida candidate for Congress.



    About Urblandia

    Urblandia is an emerging platform focused on amplifying impact entrepreneurship. Join us on urblandia.com

    • 29 min
    Episode 7\\ Hyper Localization and Community Redevelopment, Keon Williams

    Episode 7\\ Hyper Localization and Community Redevelopment, Keon Williams

    Disparities exist almost everywhere in our global society. In this episode, we take a look at how community redevelopment factors into the future of underserved local neighborhoods, such as Overtown - located in the heart of Miami's urban core.

    About Our Guest

    Keon Williams is a native of Miami, Florida, born in the heart of one of Florida’s oldest Black communities named Overtown. Mr. Williams is a 2008 graduate of Bethune- Cookman University with a degree in Politic Science. Mr. Williams also holds a certificate in Community Real Estate Development from the University of South Florida. Mr. Williams has over 15 years of relevant experience in Non-profit Management, Business Development, Business Financing, and Issues-based Advocacy. Mr. Williams currently serves as the Assistant Director for Urban Philanthropies, a non-profit dedicated to transforming distressed urban communities in South Florida through economic and community development activities. Mr. Williams latest initiatives include navigating Urban Philanthropies through the successful startup of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), to provide financial and technical assistance to small and emerging nonprofits in South Florida’s urban communities; The Overtown Business Boot Camp, providing residents with startup capital and technical assistance to assist with creating a new business; and the launching of The Urban, a new 58,000 square foot food market and entrepreneurial venue located in the heart of Overtown that will feature local food trucks, in addition to custom-designed shipping containers for a centralized bar, retailers and art installations. When Mr. Williams is not working, he serves as the Chairman of the Overtown Community Oversight Board, whose purpose is to encourage and support housing, job creation, economic and business development, educational opportunities, historic and cultural preservation, and to provide written recommendations to the City Commission regarding those activities; The Chairman of The Overtown Optimist Club Inc., a non-profit located in Overtown, tasked with overseeing the participation of 500+ youth and 50 staff members in transforming the next generation through education and sports related activities. Mr. Williams has been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., since 2008. Mr. Williams credits the motto “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” as the bedrock of his dedication and commitment to advocating for disenfranchised communities. Mr. Williams currently serves on the following community boards: Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida, Overtown Children and Youth Coalition, Overtown Community Oversight Board, The Black Collective, Nyah Project, The Equitable and Advocacy Collective, Overtown Optimist Club and Bethune Cookman-University Miami-Dade Chapter.



    About Urblandia

    Urblandia is an emerging platform focused on amplifying impact entrepreneurship. Join us on urblandia.com

    • 41 min

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