Allan Shulman is a “deft creator of a kind of hybrid tropical architecture taking shape in Miami” and was commissioned in 2000 to redesign the Rubell Family Collection Gallery in Wynwood. The Cornell and UM graduate is also a professor of architecture but has designed some eye-catching projects throughout the community. The Rubell family commission will present Shulman with some interesting challenges.
“After winning the Rubell commission in 2000, Shulman spent four years wrestling with how to update the warehouse, which held all manner of contemporary art including a 15-foot high plastic stalagmite and canvases covering 140 square feet. The building would need 27 galleries, a 30,000-volume library, sculpture garden and private space”
What Shulman thinks of this moment in time for Miami’s urbanism:
”The city is at this really interesting moment where it’s going from its dormancy to [busy] urban center and all the various urban problems that come up with that,” he said. “It’s not the language of architecture itself, but the language of architecture as a means of dealing with all these interesting questions that drives me.”
I couldn’t agree with him more. We are at the threshold of emerging urbanism and real urbanism. It is a rather idiosyncratic stage, but one that is fascinating and certainly pivotal nonetheless. Shulman’s role is important because of his creative genius and influence but also because he recognizes the significant threshold of change the city finds itself in.