Seeking a New Life for Miami's Marine Stadium

A recent design competition aimed at reviving Miami's waterfront Marine Stadium has breathed new life into the area and offered innovative ideas for reusing the site.
May 26, 2011, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"In the end, it yielded ideas for stages that swooped and soared. One entry recalled the Sydney Opera House, another a carnival ride and another a space station. There were boats galore - schooners, clippers, pirate ships, racing boats. Stages were barge-shaped, sail-shaped, bridge-shaped, turbine-shaped and even slinky-shaped, really the gamut. Some came with a dose of humor. Others were plenty serious. Importantly, this competition was billed - and judged - as a contest of ideas and not practicalities, of inspiration rather than actualities."

Restoring the hurricane-damaged site is a priority for the city, and preservationists are hopeful that the design competition's spotlight will help spur those plans into action.

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Published on Sunday, May 8, 2011 in The Miami Herald
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