Arquitectonica Takes Over Miami Beach Convention Center From OMA

OMA’s scrapped plans. Image © OMA

Following the controversial decision to scrap plans by OMA earlier this year, Miami Beach officials have selected Arquitectonica for the redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center. In a significant scaling-down of OMA’s $1 billion masterplan, the new scheme calls for the existing center to be kept and renovated to ‘Class A’ standards, along with the addition of a new ballroom, meeting space and rooftop parking. The center’s existing parking lot will be converted into a 6.5 acre public park, designed by landscape firm West 8.

More on the Convention Center Controversy after the break

David Beckham’s Plan for Miami Stadium Sparks Argument

The original plans for a stadium at PortMiami are now unlikely to be built. Image © 360 Architecture and

Plans to build a new soccer stadium in Miami have generated an argument this week between David Beckham, current city officials, and past city officials. The stadium, which will be home to a new MLS team owned by ex-superstar Beckham, was originally proposed to occupy a site at PortMiami, with a design drawn up by Arquitectonica and 360 Architects. However, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had concerns over the location, and earlier this month convinced Beckham and his group to consider an alternative location, a disused boat slip between the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park.

Now a group including former mayor Manny Diaz and Alexander Cooper, the masterplan designer for Museum Park have issued a statement condemning the new plans and saying they are “not in harmony with the vision of Miami as a world class city with parks and open areas available for all.”

More on the row after the break

Arquitectonica Proposes Beckham’s MLS Stadium for Port of Miami

© and Arquitectonica

Miami-based Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture have unveiled preliminary details for a 25,000-seat, open-air Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium at the Port of Miami. One of 30 locations currently being reviewed as a potential site, the downtown location could serve as the home for ’s MLS expansion team as early as 2018.

Architecture City Guide: Miami

This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to South Beach. ’s architectural styles range from austere corporate architecture, as it has the largest concentration of international banks in the , to colorful and playful architecture that reflects its beach and Latin American culture. Architecture lovers can’t miss Beach’s Art Deco District or its old Spanish heritage. We have put together a list of 12 contemporary buildings that range from a small park pavilion to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. There is plenty more to see in so please add your “must not miss” in the comment section below.

Architecture City Guide: Miami list and corresponding map after the break!