Jennifer Bonner
Christian Stayner

Made in Opa-locka: Micro-Enterprise

Made in Opa-Locka, FL, Micro-Enterprise turns sites into homes that provide both a residential function and a means towards small-scale enterprise. Radical extensions to single-family residences produce spaces for an urbanism based around culinary and craft businesses, providing the opportunity for disenfranchised community members to operate new entrepreneurial activities. As multiple peaks define a larger mountain range, so too do these individual small businesses, with one on each block, outlining the renewal of a once-foreclosed neighborhood. Partnering with artists and nonprofit organizations to create temporary and permanent spaces in which to live and work, Micro-Enterprise reimagines abandoned homes into civic and entrepreneurial spaces. The goal of the program is to transform Opa-Locka’s Magnolia North neighborhood into a vibrant retail and cultural district by attracting, growing, and assisting small-scale, high-quality, long-term, and neighborhood-oriented businesses.

About The Designer

Based in Boston and Los Angeles, Bonner + Stayner develop architectural, urban planning, and public art projects that engage issues of culture and politics, scale and economy, and the production of an architecture that is informed yet not defined by digital technologies. The work of Bonner + Stayner is unified by an intellectual and artistic rigor dedicated to design innovation, applied research, and material studies. A hallmark of the collaboration is to make work that exists within the public realm. Bonner is an assistant professor at the Harvard GSD and Stayner is an assistant professor at Arizona State University.