Starchitects Jump on Miami Building Boom

Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, and Bjarke Ingels are some of the big names designing projects for Miami's hot again real estate market. Can their bold designs ensure that this building boom has legs?

"After a tumultuous few years, Miami’s real estate market is on the rise once again," says Nicole Anderson. "When the recession hit the city in 2007, new developments came to a dramatic halt and abandoned construction sites became ubiquitous. But now, a surge of new projects—running the gamut from residential and retail to hotels and cultural institutions—are cropping up around Miami with many more slated for construction in the next few years. And some heavy hitters, such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, and Bjarke Ingels, have signed up to lend their design sensibility to Miami’s changing landscape."

"AN has compiled a list of the most significant projects taking shape in the Magic City."

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The Reactionary Avant-Garde

Worst cliche of the batch: The Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels Group. It is Robert Moses urbanism straight out of the 1950s, with a few artsy touches added.

Most unrealistic drawing of the batch: Zaha Hadid's picture of people sitting under the overhang of her parking structure. Newsflash: store fronts attract activity and people like to sit there. People do not like to sit next to the blank walls of parking structures.

Once again, today's starchitects show how reactionary they really are. They have not learned the lessons that virtually all urbanists have learned from the failures of modernism during the 1950s and 1960s. Despite their futuristic pretensions, they are living in the past.

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