Urban Design

Reimagining Courthouse Square

2018 Tropic Magazine Design Charrette

Featured in Tropic Magazine, Autumn 2018

Cover Article By John O’Connor, Editor
The Assembly Design Intent By Rebecca Bradley, Cadence
Reimagining Courthouse Square

Sun drenched days, rich biodiversity, and constant ocean breezes have always driven the economy of Fort Lauderdale. Yet today’s culture has come to overlook the benefits of our unique climate and often forgets how meaningful interactions with nature can be. The present day architecture of our City has closed its walls to the social and natural communities we are all a part of, leaving the city’s landscape architecture forgotten and stale. read the full article.

The Florida Trust, in partnership with University of Florida and the Florida Division of Historical Resources held their 1st educational workshop series on October 27th, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale. The site tour and workshop focused on
the Fort Lauderdale Federal US Courthouse Building, declared 1 of 11 historical resources to save and preserve by the Florida Trust in 2018. Cadence participated in the workshop, alongside design teams from Adache Architects and Touzet Studio, each presenting their designs as published in the Fall Issue of Tropic Magazine. Cadence’s concept The Assembly, showcased the site’s potential, significance and the community demand to save the Fort Lauderdale urban design and architectural icon.

In 2019, Congress appropriated funding for the construction of a new 255,000-gross-square-foot federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. In March 2020, the United States General Services Administration (GSA) expanded their search for additional site locations for the new federal courthouse. This new federal courthouse construction, anticipated to begin in Fall 2021, will open the opportunity to breath new life into the William Morgan’s brutalist masterpiece.


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