La Pequeña Habana, 'Little Havana' got its name from the Cuban influx between the late 1950's and early 1970's.
The neighborhood lies immediately west of Downtown Miami, originally being a lower-middle-class Southern and primarily Jewish community. Subsequent waves of immigration in the 80's expanded the Cuban cultural landscape of the area, now including immigrants from all over Latin American countries.
In recent years, the area has seen increased gentrification and neighborhood overhauls which are wiping away the rich culture that make up the identity of this place. The goal of this project was finding a way to update the neighborhood through a 'positive urbanism' that reconciles the addition of new development with existing residents and important cultural history.