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Watch The Pritzker Prize Award Ceremony Live Today (8pm ET)

Tonight the Pritzker Prize will hold its annual award ceremony, this year honoring the work of 2015 laureate Frei Otto, who sadly passed away the day before he was announced as this year's winner on March 10th. This year, the ceremony will be hosted in Miami Beach at Frank Gehry's New World Center, the first time the ceremony has been held in the Miami Area. Speakers will include Tom Pritzker and Chair of the Jury, Lord Peter Palumbo, alongside a selection of past Pritzker Laureates.

OMA’s Pantheon-Inspired Faena Forum Set to Open in 2015

Alongside the launch of Faena Circle, an experimental collaboration between Faena Art in Miami Beach and its sister institution in Buenos Aires, comes new images of the OMA-designed Faena Forum. The new center for arts and culture planned for Miami Beach is designed to “catalyze experimentation within and across artistic disciplines and foster cross-cultural collaborations among artists throughout the Western Hemisphere.” A series of flexible spaces formed by interlocking cylindrical and cuboidal volumes will provide for a range of projects, commissions, performances and events. 

© OMA Assembly Hall. Image © OMA Faena District . Image © Faena Art Lobby (model). Image © Nik Koenig

Arquitectonica Takes Over Miami Beach Convention Center From 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

Miami Beach Scraps OMA's Winning Convention Center Design

Miami Beach city commissioners have unanimously agreed to abandon the $1 billion redevelopment of its 52-acre convention center district, which aimed to radically reinvent the area. This decision comes just six months after the city awarded developer South Beach ACE and OMA the bid after an international, highly-publicized competition that pitted OMA against BIG

“For the purposes of getting this project done fast, on time, on budget, it’s unfortunate that we’ll have to make a very tough, challenging decision,” said Miami Beach Mayer Philip Levine, “To some people, it’s a little disheartening. To other people, it’s a very fresh start.”

As reported by the Miami Herald, the city plans to reinstate a bid for the renovation of the city-owned convention center as well as another for the development of a nearby hotel. Under the new bid, the city will no longer be required to attain 60 percent of voter approval to build. By doing this, Levine believes the renovation will be expedited. 

Fendi Residence / rGlobe

  • Architects: rGlobe
  • Location: Miami Beach, FL, USA
  • Client: L.F. Fendi
  • Area: 8030.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Emilio Collavino

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Miami Beach Convention Center Winning Proposal / South Beach ACE

South Beach ACE, the collaborative team made up of Tishman, a national real estate development firm led by Dan Tishman; international architecture firm OMA, led by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas; and Miami Beach developer Robert Wennett, were just announced by the Miami Beach City Commission as the winning team in a competition to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center and the surrounding 52-acre site. Looking forward to bring the project to fruition, the team firmly believes a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and re-imagined convention center campus are critical to Miami Beach's ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention destination. More images and the team's description after the break.

Fate Uncertain for Miami Beach Convention Center

OMA, BIG and their partnering developers have until later today to decide whether they want to alter their plans for the Miami Beach Convention Center or walk away from the competition entirely.  

Foster + Partners Release Images of Luxury Condo in Miami

© Faena Group
© Faena Group

Foster + Partners have released new images of the luxurious, 18-story Faena House currently being constructed in Miami. The project, which is commissioned by Argentinean developer Alan Faena who is best known for transforming Buenos Aires’ abandoned Puerto Madero neighborhood into the city’s most vital culture center, will mark the first phase of the anticipated Faena District Miami Beach. Once complete, the district will include a five-star hotel, a large and versatile Arts Center, an OMA-designed parking complex, a luxury retail complex, and a marina. 

GLASS Residential Tower Proposal / Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect

Terra Group + Rene Gonzalez Architect recently unveiled their design for GLASS, a new residential tower composed of 10 full-floor units located at 120 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. The 18-story, all-glass building is located in the South of Fifth neighborhood, which has become, over the past decade, one of the most expensive destinations for luxury high-rise living in Miami Beach. Delicate and sensorial, the design of GLASS is a considered a response to its setting in Miami Beach, specifically intended to allow one to experience the surrounding natural landscape. More images and architects' description after the break.

Who Should Win the OMA vs. BIG Miami Showdown?

The Miami Beach Convention Center, a giant box of a building constructed in 1957, is in desperate need of a makeover and two design teams have bravely accepted the challenge. Team 1 is dubbed South Beach ACE (Arts, Culture, Entertainment District) and is a collaboration between Rem Koolhaas's OMA firm, Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS. Team 2 goes by the name of Miami Beach Square and includes BIG, West 8, Fentress, JPA and Portman CMC. Both proposals completely re-imagine 52 acres of prime beach real estate and cost over a billion dollars in public and private funds. So, who does it better? 

Vote for your favorite after the break...

Alchemist Concept Store / Rene Gonzalez Architect

© Michael Stavaridis
© Michael Stavaridis
  • Architects: Rene Gonzalez Architect
  • Location: Miami Beach, Florida
  • Architect in Charge: Rene Gonzalez
  • Associate: Monica Vazquez
  • Project Director: Kevin Regalado
  • MEP Engineer: Vidal and Associates
  • Contractor: Aaron Builders and Development
  • Lightning: G2J
  • Area: 2500.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Michael Stavaridis

© Michael Stavaridis © Michael Stavaridis © Michael Stavaridis © Michael Stavaridis

321 Ocean / TEN Arquitectos

  • Architects: TEN Arquitectos
  • Location: 321 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
  • Owner: AGM Aria
  • Are: 78,000 ft2
  • Proyect Year: 2012
  • Photography: Cortesia de TEN Arquitectos / Hartness Visions

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Chad Oppenheim Lecture at HD Boutique Expo

Courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Chad Oppenheim, the founding principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, will deliver a lecture at the annual HD Boutique Exposition and Conference on September 12th from 11:15am-12:15pm. Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the boutique-style trade show is know for the best in hospitality design, architecture, operation, and development. Oppenheim’s design strategy is to extract the contextual essence from the building program – creating an experience that is dramatic and powerful. His landmark designs demonstrate a climatic response while strengthening the relationship between people and nature. During the event, he will be showcasing his designs that simultaneously solve complex challenges while engaging all the senses.

Private Residence In La Gorce / Touzet Studio

  • Architects: Touzet Studio
  • Location: La Gorce Island, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
  • Architects: Carlos Prio-Touzet, Jacqueline Gonzalez
  • Area: 17871.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Mark Surloff

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North Bay Residence / Touzet Studio

  • Architects: Touzet Studio
  • Location: 200 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
  • Architects: Touzet Studio - Carlos Prio-Touzet, Jacqueline Gonzalez
  • Area: 12309.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008

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South Pointe Park / Hargreaves Associates

  • Architects: Hargreaves Associates
  • Location: Miami Beach, FL, USA
  • Architect: William Lane Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates, Inc.
  • Local Landscape Architect: Savino Miller Design Studio
  • Photographs: Courtesy of hargreaves associates

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