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Foster + Partners' Residential Highrise to Become Miami's Tallest Tower

14:15 - 1 November, 2016
Foster + Partners' Residential Highrise to Become Miami's Tallest Tower, "The Towers" by Foster + Partners in Brickell. Image © DBOX. via Curbed Miami
"The Towers" by Foster + Partners in Brickell. Image © DBOX. via Curbed Miami

Foster + Partners has released plans for a connected pair of skyscrapers that will provide 660 new luxury condos in the Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Taking advantage of updated height limit regulations, "The Towers" will top out at 1,049 feet (320 meters), becoming one of 5 new buildings that will share the title of Miami's tallest tower.

Historically, building heights in Miami have been restricted due to proximity to the Miami International Airport.

BIG's Grove at Grand Bay Ready for Grand Opening

14:00 - 10 August, 2016
BIG's Grove at Grand Bay Ready for Grand Opening, © Terra
© Terra

The BIG-designed Grove at Grand Bay is now complete, becoming an new architectural icon for South Miami. Residents will now put the finishing touches on the units before a grand opening and move-in next month. The two twisting 20-story towers have been completely sold out, and mark BIG’s first completed condominium building in the United States.

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Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval

08:00 - 15 April, 2016
Schematic Design of St. Petersburg Pier Wins City Council Approval, Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
Courtesy of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the schematic design for the new St. Pete Pier. First awarded in a competition in 2015, the new site was designed by a team composed of three firms: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers (lead designer); ASD (executive architect); and WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect (landscape architect). Although the final design was updated based on city and public requests, the core programming of the original scheme was maintained.

Ricardo Bofill Makes US Condominium Debut with 3900 Alton in Miami Beach

08:00 - 6 March, 2016
Ricardo Bofill Makes US Condominium Debut with 3900 Alton in Miami Beach, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates

Framed by Florida's picturesque Biscayne Bay, 3900 Alton Road will be architect Ricardo Bofill’s first condominium project in the United States. With 78 residences in a variety of sizes, and amenities including pools, electric vehicle charging stations and artwork by Fernando Mastrangelo and Loris Cecchini, the elegant new tower will be an “urban oasis” in Miami Beach.

Terrace Rendered Night View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates Electric Charging Station Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates Pool Deck Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates Children's Commons Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Nadine Johnson & Associates +17

Details Revealed of Renzo Piano’s First US Residential Project at Eighty Seven Park in Miami

08:00 - 20 December, 2015
Details Revealed of Renzo Piano’s First US Residential Project at Eighty Seven Park in Miami, Courtesy of Terra
Courtesy of Terra

Located in North Beach in Miami, Florida, Eighty Seven Park will be a luxury condominium, and Renzo Piano’s first residential project in the western hemisphere. Set to be completed in 2018, the project seeks to seamlessly blend sky, sea and ground, addressing both the ocean and nearby 35-acre park. Seventy apartments ranging in size from 1400 to 7000 square feet sit atop two lush parks with uninterrupted ocean views. Read more after the break.

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Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future

01:30 - 9 October, 2015
Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future, Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future
Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future

Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future presents new urban possibilities in response to climate change framed through the perspective of five priorities: Infrastructure, Mobility, Hydro-Ecosystems, The Resilient City, and The New Economy.Florida 3.0 proposes an integrated approach to these priorities and challenges inaction by visualizing the ways we could thrive in a watery future. The exhibition brings together the research conducted through the Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) at the University of Florida that is focused on the history and future of Florida’s water based settlements and hydro-environments within the broader context of new paradigms for the evolution of cities on water from around the world.

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year"

15:00 - 10 September, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Named "Project of the Year", Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building at Florida Polytechnic University has picked up another award, this time being named "Project of the Year" by Engineering News-Record. The "centerpiece" of the new Floridian university, which was also masterplanned by Calatrava, the 162,000-square-foot building was recently awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by the AISC. 

“Educating, particularly young people, is one of the most noble tasks that exist,” said Calatrava in response to the award. “The Innovation, Science and Technology Building aims to be itself a tool to achieve the highest level of education for young people. 

Architectural Festival: Sarasota MOD, Celebrating Paul Rudolph

07:00 - 28 August, 2015
Architectural Festival: Sarasota MOD, Celebrating Paul Rudolph, Illustration by John Pirman of the Walker Guest House, Paul Rudolph, 1952
Illustration by John Pirman of the Walker Guest House, Paul Rudolph, 1952

SarasotaMOD is an architectural festival, this year celebrating Paul Rudolph and the opening of SAF's Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling Museum of Art. The Guest House was designed by Rudolph in 1952 and the original still stands on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

The weekend features six great presentations, walker tours of Lido Shores and trolley tours of Siesta Key, an open house at Rudolph's Umbrella House, a party at the just restored Rudolph Addition at Sarasota High School (1960)... plus dinner and parties in private midcentury homes.

Walt Disney to Bring Star Wars to Life

15:30 - 18 August, 2015
Walt Disney to Bring Star Wars to Life, © Walt Disney Company via io9
© Walt Disney Company via io9

Walt Disney has unveiled the company's largest single theme land expansion ever: Star Wars Land. An extraterrestrial land of humanoids, aliens, and droids, the 14-acre development is expected to be built at Orlando, Florida's Disney World and Anaheim, California's Disneyland by 2020.

Nearby in Los Angeles, rumors are saying Star Wars director George Lucas may consider building his self-titled museum there, rather than in Chicago where Lucas is facing fierce opposition over his MAD museum design (more on that here). 

Read on to see more images of Star Wars Land and to watch the unveiling of the project. 

Rogers Partners, Ken Smith and ASD's St. Petersburg's "Pier Park" Wins City Approval

14:52 - 9 July, 2015
Rogers Partners, Ken Smith and ASD's St. Petersburg's "Pier Park" Wins City Approval, © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

The St. Petersburg City Council has approved Rogers Partners, Ken Smith and ASD's "Pier Park" redesign, allocating funds towards demolition of the current pier and pre-construction work. The design, selected through a city-sponsored competition, will replace "an aging icon" - a 1970s inverted pyramid structure that occupies the pier's head - and focus on integrating flexible, community-oriented program throughout the site and surrounding area. 

“Each of the pier’s past incarnations had its own set of programs and uses, some more ambitious than others,” commented John Curran, studio leader at ASD and lead project manager for the new pier. “The ones that succeeded appealed to both visitors and residents, and were active day and night, throughout the year. This flexibility was essential to our approach to the new design.”

Richard Meier Tops Out on Florida Beach "Surf Club"

16:00 - 12 June, 2015
Richard Meier Tops Out on Florida Beach "Surf Club", © Richard Meier & Partners
© Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier & Partners has topped out on their Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in Florida. Scheduled to complete next year, the luxury hospitality and residential project is comprised of two, 12-story towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of Surfside oceanfront property. Read on for more in-progress images. You can learn more about the project, here

SHoP and West 8 Propose New "Innovation District" for Miami

15:30 - 28 May, 2015
© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects and West 8 have teamed up with developer Michael Simkins to propose a new 10-acre "Innovation District" in Miami's Park West neighborhood. If approved, the four-block area would foster the "growth of creative technology industries" within the city and provide "world-class urban amenities" to the surrounding communities. 

"True innovation today requires the very thing that cities, at their best, have always provided: creative proximity. Even as it continues its rapid development, the city of Miami does not currently offer significant urban environments that meet the necessary criteria," said SHoP in a press release.  

New Orlando International Airport Terminal Building – Call for Statements of Qualifications

10:00 - 21 May, 2015
New Orlando International Airport Terminal Building – Call for Statements of Qualifications

The Orlando International Airport ("OIA"), operated by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, seeks innovative, visionary architects and engineers for its planned, new airport terminal compound. OIA is a world-class airport that welcomes over 36 million business and leisure passengers per year.  In order to better accommodate its increasing number of passengers, especially in the international sector, OIA has under construction an Intermodal Terminal Facility for multiple modes of ground transportation, an Automated People Mover System connecting the main terminal, a 2,500 unit parking deck, and all associated horizontal infrastructure to support this program and the future expansion for a new terminal building. 

Rogers Partners and ASD Chosen to Redesign St. Petersburg's Pier

13:30 - 28 April, 2015
Rogers Partners and ASD Chosen to Redesign St. Petersburg's Pier , © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

A consortium of Tampa-based ASD, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect has been announced as winners of the second St. Petersburg Pier redesign competition. Chosen after the city failed to implement Michael Maltzen Architecture’s competition-winning proposal due to strong public opposition, the new winning scheme, "Pier Park" takes a more scaled down (and affordable) approach to redesigning the site's landmark 1970s pier by focusing on public experience rather than architectural intervention. 

Read on after the break for more on the $46 million Pier Park proposal.

Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC

11:00 - 22 April, 2015
Santiago Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Building Awarded "Best in Steel Construction" by AISC, © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Last week, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) presented its Innovation Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards program. Recognizing exemplary work in steel for both its architectural and structural merits, the AISC awarded Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida with the national award in the $15 million to $75 million category.

3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition

17:25 - 14 April, 2015
3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition, © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

After deliberating over eight shortlisted proposals to reimagine the St. Petersburg Pier, the Pier Selection Committee has narrowed the competition down to three designs. Though the proposals vary widely in aesthetics, the finalists all approached the project as an opportunity to express the past while embracing modern forms and incorporating strong public programs.

Next on the agenda, the Pier Selection Committee will conduct an initial public meeting on April 23 in which finalists will present clarifications on their designs, followed later that day with a second meeting to announce the teams' rankings. Based on these proceedings, one design will be chosen for further development, in collaboration with the city. Check out the three finalists, after the break.

James Corner Field Operations Chosen to Design Miami “Underline”

18:00 - 16 March, 2015
James Corner Field Operations Chosen to Design Miami “Underline” , The site. Image via TheUnderline.org
The site. Image via TheUnderline.org

High Line co-designer, James Corner Field Operations has been selected to design the proposed 10-mile “Underline” in Miami. Chosen by a local jury from 19 submitted entries, JCFO has been asked to envision a bicycle route and linear park that will replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the Miami River. The project has yet to achieve funding, but it is hoped that JCFO’s plan will spark more investor interest. 

Populous Unveils Plan to Redevelop Jacksonville's Shipyards District

13:18 - 19 February, 2015
Populous Unveils Plan to Redevelop Jacksonville's Shipyards District, Shipyards aerial view. Image Courtesy of Populous
Shipyards aerial view. Image Courtesy of Populous

Populous' has released plans to redevelop Jacksonville, Florida’s riverfront Shipyards district into a massive recreation and entertainment hub. Unveiled by the Jacksonville Jaguars' team owner Shad Khan and president Mark Lamping, the property will be injected with life to better stimulate economic activity in the area and make the forgotten plot a bustling destination for locals and tourists alike.

Read on after the break for more information and an animation of the Shipyards vision.

Shipyards "Stay" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Work" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Live" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Live" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous +14