The Florida Public Officials Design Institute at Abacoa—which is dedicated to improving South Florida communities by offering training in smart growth and design—hosted its eighth session in Jupiter last month. The Design Institute is a program of the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES). Public officials from the city of Ft. Pierce, Indian River County, the town of Jupiter and the town of Sewall's Point learned first-hand how to apply sound design principles to their communities.
The two-day session began with teams of design experts visiting the communities for site tours by the officials and presentations by staff. Later that evening Michael Wallwork (at right), internationally recognized traffic engineer and transit designer, presented a lecture open to the public on "Transportation and a Sense of Place—How to Have Both."
The second day of the institute consisted of a workshop during which the design team addressed the challenges of each community’s project. Through brainstorming sessions, the team suggested ideas, developed alternative solutions and made recommendations to the participating public officials.
This session of the institute was especially rewarding. Just prior to the public lecture, the Design Institute received an award from 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide community watchdog group. 1000 Friends President Lester Abberger and Executive Director Charles Pattison presented the Design Institute with the Better Community Award for its innovative approach to promoting the principles of smart growth and design throughout the region. The Better Community Award recognizes “plans that have been implemented and projects which are completed that use the principles of smart growth to create livable, vital environments.”
For more information, visit www.floridadesigninstitute.org.
"Troubled Waters", an exhibit of oils on canvas by artist Marilyn Muller (at right), continues through Dec. 15 at the Jupiter campus in the SR Atrium. The exhibit, part of the Art in the Atrium series, includes paintings of the sea and landscapes ranging from the Florida savannas to hillsides of Tuscany. The colors are vibrant with a thick application of paint and glazing with loose impressionistic brushwork. The artist alternates plein air works—works painted in the outside environment rather than indoors—with a studio approach. Muller has exhibited throughout the Palm Beach area and recently was part of a show in Amsterdam featuring U.S. painters. Her paintings hang in private collections nationwide. She continues her role as an educator of private students and as part of the painting/drawing program at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta.