Designs for Miami Beach Convention Center are flawed

A flawed process leads to flawed designs--

Designs for Miami Beach Convention Center are sleek, smart — but flawed - Visual Arts - " . . . . in the end, the rest of us are left with the architecture and the way in which the design reshapes a critical 52 acres in the middle of Miami Beach; it’s what we’ll look at and live with . . . Both loading plans offer a recipe for disaster. Those big trailers and containers that arrive with everything from boats to art to home goods are, well, really big, and both plans bring them into the convention center only at the north end, across from a residential neighborhood . . . neither project would accommodate the outdoor boat part of the annual Miami Beach Boat Show . . . Other questions abound. . . . The Portman/BIG ballroom helps establish a sense of urban rhythm with the juxtaposition of built and landscaped environment. but what happens most days and nights when there’s no ball for us, or even for Cinderella? That’s actually a larger question involving both proposals and all the unprogrammed edges of the convention facilities. It’s a long, lonely walk sometimes. Asked and most likely answered, but questions like these point up the fundamental flaw in the process. . . . (read more at link above)

John Kunkel honored as a Florida Entrepreneur of the Year - Business - "Miami foodies know John Kunkel for his crispy friend chicken (Yardbird), tangy northern Thai delicacies (Khong River House) , smokey brisket (Swine) and healthy cheap Mexican eats (Lime Fresh.) The founder and CEO of the 50 Eggs group is also a freshly awarded Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the hospitality category. (He previously was honored as one of the Miami Herald’s 20 Under 40.)"

Eden Roc no longer a Renaissance as of next month - Business - "Months after a dramatic pre-dawn attempt to force Renaissance Hotels from management at the historic Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, the owners are finally getting what they wanted. Marriott International said Thursday that its Renaissance Hotels division will stop managing the hotel at 4525 Collins Ave. effective July 11"

Billion-dollar baby: Miami Beach closer to picking team for convention center ...
South Beach ACE proposed slinging a curving 800-room hotel and ballroom space over the top of an undulating, rebuilt convention center, and renovating the Jackie Gleason Theater. A new “cultural building” would provide exhibition space. Mid-rise ...

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