Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Does One Become the "New Architectural Capital" of America with Old Buildings?

Apparently Horacio Silva of CNN has just discovered the Architecture of Miami. Which is too bad, as much of Miami is gorgeous.

But his rather striking headline America's new architecture capital? Well, that is a bit odd.


Not because Miami doesn't have wonderful buildings - it does. And the author labels many of them. Including: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (built in 1910), The Villa Casa Casuarina (built in the 1910s, updated by Gianni Versace in 1993), Adrienne Arsht Center (built a decade ago), The Biltmore (completed in 1926), The Delano (built in the 1930s), The Raleigh Hotel (also built in the 1930s), Old Miami News (built 1917), and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (built in 1954).

The problem is that  fully half of "New Architecture Capital" buildings mentioned are more than 75 years old. Another one is 60 years old.

Miami architects have done a fantastic job of working within their milieu and keeping old buildings alive, but I am pretty sure "New Architectural Capital" is a bit of hype.

Or maybe Horacio just had a deadline.

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