Monday, May 17, 2021

New Museum Parking Surface Testing at MiaSci – Miami’s new science museum in development

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MIAMI, USA — Working with landscape architects ArquitectonicaGeo, MiaSci has installed two parking space mock-ups to test the materials and design planned for the joint parking garage under the new Miami Science Museum (MiaSci) and Miami Art Museum (MAM) at Museum Park (MiaSci and MAM will share the parking garage and adjoining plaza).

Unlike traditional pavement, which is impervious to rainwater, the new parking spots are made of gravel, which allows rainwater to pass through. This porous approach replenishes the groundwater supply, disperses pollutants and helps to reduce runoff that would otherwise have to be collected, stored and treated and would add to the load on the sewer system. The gravel is made from recycled granite and porcelain waste and is secured in place by a PVC grid made of 100% recycled plastic.

The new Museum team is testing three different things with the parking space mock-ups: the durability of the materials, the color of gravel used and the method for striping between spaces.

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Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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