Thursday, November 21, 2013

Another Arquitectonica plan … by gimleteye

A couple of years ago, the Arquitectonica design for the planned Genting Casino on the former Miami Herald site (that enriched Herald executives) helped wreck the legislative initiative that would have allowed gambling in Florida.

Remember, that land deal also helped Jorge Perez survive a cash flow crisis through a property flip on an adjacent corner that created instant tens of millions; an exchange through which he "earned" naming rights to the forthcoming Genting Museum of Art. OMG. Keeping track is exhausting.

Now developer Jeffrey Berkowtiz (promoter of Brito in public spaces) has a plan that also involves an Arquitectonica design. OMG. Really? "If I build it, they will come." He said that to the Herald? REALLY?



37 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the bottom they will be a Romero Brito Museum. It will be decorative and fun. Don't be such a nay-sayer. People want to be upbeat. We need happy art and excellent design to attract tourist tax revenue. What do you care?

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous comment.

Rick said...

One word: Why?

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Anonymous said...

Boy hurricane Andrew would have decimated that!

Anonymous said...

This design is like a big fat invitation for a cat 5 hurricane … I hope it gets built because the media attention will be awesome when this thing takes flight and soars away! And if it doesn't, the empty wrecked hulk will be a monument to vanity. And bad taste.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that anyone spending hundreds of millions of dollars will engineer it in a way that would make it susceptible to Cat 5 Hurricanes in Miami. That is a pretty ridiculous assumption. If you don't like the design, fine, we all have different tastes. I think the design could be better, but, I am not investing in this, and it would add to the overall area with the Museums coming on line, MAM in a few weeks, and the Science Museum by 2015, the existing Arsht Center. The other aspect of this that I like is that the City seems like it will force General Growth to make substantial improvements to Bayside. With the emergence of the Downtown area, and more feet on the ground everyday, renovation makes absolute sense.

Anonymous said...

Genting and Carlos Curbelo should ride out of town on the first available horse (or mule).

Anonymous said...

Build it and there'll be a Fence Assured chain-link fence up around it in no time.

Anonymous said...

You can try to put lipstick on a pig, but the traffic thanks to decades of bad planning constantly invite ridicule for these development schemes. There are third world cities that are better than Miami. That's is the problem with wealthy developers who are given free control of legislatures. Just because they are wealthy they are certain they are right and because they control the legislatures without challenge, we get exactly what they want.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Miami needs a bowling alley. Are there any entrepreneurs who want to help start a movement for urban bowling? Do you think these smart tower can be a place for bowlers?

Anonymous said...

It's a BIG MONEY CLIP. Come on, people, this is a brilliant design that captures the fine points of Miami. A pile of white powder at the bottom, some great inflatable boobs rising in front of Bayside, surely there are computer artists out there who can make this happen!

Anonymous said...

Nail clippers. Just create a narrow opening at the top. Go Arquitectonica!

Anonymous said...

Good guess. From the inside, one of Genting's biggest investors is a manufacturer from mainland China. His main product line is nail health and care. This guy has made a billion dollars from nail clippers. Genting OK'd this design. Berkowitz is a shill. It is all because Genting has this investor for the Miami casino who made a fortune on nail clippers.

Anonymous said...

Giant LED billboard. Billboards make Miami a world class city. They cannot build condos anymore.

miaexile said...

There seems to be no end to vanity fueled ego's in Miami..and the Herald continues to think this crap makes Miami "world class" -good effn grief.

Anonymous said...

I saw the news about this being built but thought it was Kansas City.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/la-sh-worlds-tallest-water-slide-verruckt-20131120,0,1981082.story

Anonymous said...

Miami is the greatest city in the United States. This signature nail clipper proves it.

Anonymous said...

This is on public waterfront land. There must be a voter referendum. Voters need to be reminded that is this the same developer, Jeff Berkowitz, who installed three illegal LED billboards on the Children's Museum on Watson Island where they harass drivers and nearby residents 24/7.

Anonymous said...

It is clear the earlier Anon has never been through a cat 5 hurricane. There is nothing engineers can do when confronted with that kind of power. With Andrew anything over two stories was empty, no glass, front and back and everything inside blown away, sometimes concrete and blocks blown away or crumbling. Partial shells was the only thing left as everything else disappeared in the Everglades.. If you can get someone to insure it, maybe it is workable . . .

Anonymous said...

It looks like forceps pulling something out of Miami's bowels.

Cato II said...

It's "Britto" as in Romero Britto, not Brito. No one will be building a museum to EOM favorite Vanessa Brito. And if they did, it would neither be fun nor would it attract tourists.

Anonymous said...

Looks ugly. But how will the dude pay for it?

Anonymous said...

Can't any politician in Miami just say "No?" No to all the schemers and scammers masking as visionaries and saviors. And can we stop trying to be something else. We don't need to replicate Dubai.

Anonymous said...

I like it. I bet all of you nay-sayers are over the hill.

Anonymous said...

To the last anon, if it was a private developer on PRIVATE land, go for it. The issue for me is the land is public. We own it, and if it's going to be given away like this looks like where it's heading, just say so from the get go. The politicians have decided to go in to these ridiculous public private partnership with public land and us, the real owners as the public, will receive nothing in return except our tax dollars will pay to maintain a private structure which I believe is ugly; actually hideous and if 37 is over the hill, then I guess I am.

Anonymous said...

Ohh, figure it will make a great place to tie up a boat someday and go snorkel in the harbor tunnel

Anonymous said...

"Over the hill"? We are Great Balls of Fire!

Anonymous said...

Ugly. Really ugly. No way this gets financing.

Design Professional said...

Signature architectural pieces are a wonderful addition to any city: the Eiffel Tower is an excellent example. But first, this is City of Miami property, a part of the Bayside complex, where a nice restaurant building designed by Al Parker once existed. The restaurant sadly was not successful - despite excellent fare. Why? Access and parking. Take a look at Bayside Marketplace, where parking on a busy weekend is a challenge, then try to figure out where delivery vehicles and autos will gain access to the "tower" and then - in the latter care - find a place to park. And what about environmental issues: sewer lines, stormwater issues, and the like.

Architectonica has done some interesting projects - I live in one of them - but this is a Buck Rogers dream that, if constructed, will be a tragedy on many levels, not the least of which will be just one more give-away of public land (American Airlines Area and the park that Arison has never built; the recent Grove Harbor fiasco; the Watson Island stalled development project; Jungle Island, which has not paid rent to the City of Miami in years and years. As either a private or a public/private project this is just BAD NEWS!

Anonymous said...

How about the Bayside disaster that kicked it all off or the Coconut Grove mess that is stripping the area of its economic vitality. Don't forget what happened and who made it happen.

Anonymous said...

Sarnoff!

Anonymous said...

Jungle Gardens owes $50 Million to the Feds, County and City governments, plus $15 mil to various banks. It is nothing but a sad catering hall now. No more public/private partnerships. Skyrise Tower looks like a toe nail clipper. On public waterfront land? Didn't these promoters get the Memo? This site will be underwater this century.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this scheme require a Voter Referendum?
After all the site is a waterfront publicly owned piece.

Anonymous said...

The City leases the site to a mall developer who refuses to make any improvements to its stores. What happens when the lease expires?

Anonymous said...

Yes, and that federal money was backed by Community Development Grants. If they don't pay it back, poor communities lose those grant funds for years to come. How this community has taken federal money designed to help poor people and redirected it is criminal. In my lifetime from various federal programs, there must have been billions sent to Overtown. Yet look at it.

Anonymous said...

Ugly x ugly.

Anonymous said...

Do people know the promoter is Jeff Berkowitz? Berkowitz is the guy who put illegal LED billboards on the Children's Museum. Thos illegal billboards are visible 3-4 miles away. A riot of distraction. Textbook visual pollution.