Miami Shifts Urban Form

Though much of its urban form requires a car to traverse, a few new projects in Miami are shifting the city away from its past of parking lot sprawl.

"Miami is a city that has always inspired pride and envy for its core offers of escapism, partying, sunshine and sex, but until recently the quality of its urban and cultural environment lagged some way behind. A highly suburban car-based city, Miami's centres had been dominated by sprawling surface car parking lots and with some exceptions Miami's contemporary architecture was nothing to write home about.

But now the city's credentials have been bolstered by a roster of fine new buildings, some fantastic public space and an array of cultural facilities with more in the pipeline. Given the quality and coherence of these elements, it does not seem overstated to describe what is happening as an 'urban renaissance'."

A new cinema, a small-scale bike sharing system and even a new take on the parking structure are showing how the city is in the midst of a shift in its physical form.

Full Story: Miami's Urban Renaissance

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Retrograde Take On Miami

The writer of this article is very impressed by spectacular avant-gardist architecture, but doesn't have a clue about what makes for a livable city.

What do you think of this urban design from the 1990s, which the article says is part of Miami's renaissance:
http://www.wallpaper.com//gallery/architecture/miamis-urban-renaissance/...
Haven't we learned anything since the days of Le Corbusier?

The article does not even mention the fact that Miami recently became the first major American city to adopt a form-based code, which is what will make it a more livable city.

Charles Siegel

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