On December 8th and 9th, The Underline’s Brickell Backyard will introduce The Brickell Stage, a collaborative installation designed and built by University of Miami School of Architecture faculty and students. This temporary installation is a winner of the Public Space Challenge, The Miami Foundation’s ideas contest that invests in creating, activating, and enhancing local parks and public gathering places, together with Miami-Dade County Transportation & Public Works and Friends of The Underline.

The Brickell Stage will be a temporary pavilion designed to celebrate the connection between people and place in Miami’s urban setting. Located at the north exit of the Brickell Metrorail station, on The Underline’s future Brickell Backyard, the open-air structure will create a sense of place with an elevated stage and flexible seating to host a variety of free interactive performances including live music, poetry readings, comedy, and more. The Brickell Stage will serve area pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, city dwellers, tourists, art aficionados, and any passerby drawn into the varied programming.  Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation says, “The Brickell Pavilion continues the momentum toward making The Underline a full-fledged reality. Our goal is to have a great park within walking distance of every Miamian.  This will serve to connect residents to each other and their community, and an activated, linear public space like The Underline goes a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”

Designed and built by faculty and students at the University of Miami School of Architecture, the project is composed of a pattern of 1,001 painted rods that purposely decrease in precise mathematical increments from the edges to the center of the square platform to form an empty triangular stage space for music, poetry, and drama performances. This design creates a forced perspective that focuses the attention of the spectators on the performers and heightens the visual experience for all. University of Miami School of Architecture Associate Dean Carie Penabad says, “While the Pavilion stands on its own as a rational form, it is also continually modified and animated by the users, performers, audience, and general public.”

Friends of The Underline Meg Daly notes, “The Brickell Pavillion is one of the many happy creative collaborations we have enjoyed with the University of Miami School of Architecture.  We all share a common commitment to advancing community through activated public spaces including The Underline.”

The Brickell Stage pop-up is free and open to the public, with performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8 through Saturday, December 9 – just north of the Brickell Metrorail Station at 1001 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, 33130. For more information and to sign up, please visit

The Design Team at University of Miami School of Architecture faculty includes: Cristina Canton, Jaime Correa, Adib Cure, Steven Fett, and Carie Penabad. Similarly, the Design Team of students consists of:  Bernardo Rieveling, Qiazi Chen, Tiffany Banks, Marisa Gudiel, Elsa Hiraldo, Laura Martinez, Israel Martinez, Stephanie Tarud, and Yuanxun Xia. Rendering by Qiazi Chen.


About The Underline

The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. The Underline will be built in phases, the first of which will begin in the Brickell area. For more information visit, and/or follow them on social on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @theunderlinemia.

About Friends of The Underline

Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that will connect people to place and each other.


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