fau metrolab collaborative


The Broward Community Design Collaborative (BCDC) was conceptualized in January 2004 by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) and the School of Architecture (SoA) at Florida Atlantic University. The South Florida Resource Center (SFRC) of the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) awarded a grant to develop a strategic plan for the organization. Glenn Weiss was appointed director of the Collaborative. Utilizing the resources of FAU, the BCDC organized and sponsored Creative Approaches to Workforce Housing, a workshop led by Michael Singer, FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar that brought together key interests in the development of housing for downtown Fort Lauderdale and the redevelopment of the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor.

The College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs has actively fostered collaborative research and educational programs since 1996 from Florida Atlantic University’s downtown Fort Lauderdale campus.

The School of Architecture and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a joint degree program for a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning combined with a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree.  For more information about the BArch/MURP degree visit: http://www.fau.edu/academic/registrar/catalog/architecture.php

Workshops, symposia, exhibitions, initiatives, and projects include: 

  • Creating a Real Community in Fort Lauderdale: Flagler Heights/Progresso with Christopher Alexander and the Center for Environmental Structure (1996)
  • A Call for Action: The Flagler Heights Target Improvement Program. Dr. Ned Murray and Anthony Abbate (1999)
  • The North Fork Oral History Project. Ralph Johnson, Jaap Vos (2002)
  • Courageous Vision: Urban Design Lessons from Bogotá. Exhibition and symposia with Enrique Peñalosa, Lorenzo Castro and Jose Salazar. (2002)
  • The New River North Fork Pocket Park Guidelines. Aron Temkin, Margi Nothard, Jaap Vos (2003)
  • Broward County County-wide Community Design Guidebook. Anthony Abbate, David Prosperi, Ralph Johnson, et.al. (2004)