In 2003, high school seniors at DASH began a rigorous project to design a development for the Design District. "New Gateway to Miami Design District" is an architecture and industrial design student competition, with scholarship awards sponsored by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The theoretical design project is located on a piece of vacant land owned by DACRA in the Miami Design District.
A total of 41 students received scholarship money for merit and participation. Architecture and Industrial Design students designed the building form and the outdoor entertainment space. Students prepared two and three-dimensional drawings and models for the development in the Design District. DASH has played a major role in the rebirth of the Miami Design District and the students were asked to treat the new design as an artistic hub for the community.
Local architects and designers juried the student work. The competition ended in an exhibit of the student work and scholarship award presentation.
This program was made possible with generous contributions made by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz (de la Cruz Collection) in partnership with The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Additional support received from Braman Family Foundation, Inc., Calvin Klein, Inc., DACRA, AccessCircles, and Alexandre Pierre Venot.